Help with Lens problem

#1 by Tom Photiou , Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:56 pm

Hello all,
I have still got quite a problem with one of my Elmo 1.1 Len's. It has a problem with lens fungus which i understand these suffer with.
My problem is just this, i have taken it to a local chap who was recommended by the London Camera exchange, unfortunately he seems to think he may do more damage taking it apart, i guess he doesn't have too much confidence which was disappointing considering he did camera repairs all his life.
There was a company in London that use to do these jobs but there now gone, and as yet i cannot find anyone anywhere in the land.
If it was a 1.3 lens i would just replace it but as you know these are quite pricey to replace if you can find one. A right pain in the doodah
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#2 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:04 pm

Tom I have an Schneider Xenarvon 1:1 with the same problem. I know how you feel.


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#3 by Vidar Olavesen , Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:37 pm

Me too got an Elmo 1.1 lens ... I am thinking of tearing it apart, as it can't be used anyway. Have not found anyone repairing lenses. Asked in a "photo store" who said what's a lens. Sigh


 
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#4 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:03 pm

It seems very hard to find any services these days. I have read of someone having a lens cleaned, I think it might be that chap who sells Bolex cameras, I only remember his first name is Andrew. I once thought about buying a cine camera that had 3 lenses, but one was locked. I couldn't find anyone online that unlocked lenses. Any idea why this particular lens is prone to fungus?.



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#5 by Andrew Woodcock , Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:14 pm

Tom, if you did find someone professional who would clean the lens for you it really wouldn't be cheap. I had my Kowa 8z cleaned and it was about £70 as I recall.

I reckon another of these can be got for only a little more.
Toddy sold one of these recently for about £50 I think it was on the other forum.

I've sent you another pm regarding another matter Tom.


 
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#6 by Vidar Olavesen , Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:22 pm

Toddy, being Mark Todd? He's very reasonable with his prices usually. I bought a 1.1 lens from him too, wasn't too high priced if I remember correctly. Was probably lucky when I bought a ST-1200HD MO from Australia, I think I paid some 300 GBP for it shipped. It came with a 4 channel mixer, Ben Hur 400' in decent condition and a 1.0 lens


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#7 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:57 pm

A bit of consolation Tom. I am adverse to attempting something of which I know nothing, but was forced into doing a similar
repair on a lens. I had removed the Schneider zoom from my projector to use a prime, and stupidly knocked it onto the floor,
my luck being what it is, it missed the rug and bounced off the floor boards, dislodging an element inside, it rattled. I took it to
an optician as DFS advised, they hadn't a clue as to lens repairs, the optician was no use, he didn't even know how to open it up.
I was lost, then my "awkward self" came to the fore, I thought "bugger it, what have I got to lose", so managed to get the front lens off,
the inside loose element was a lens that fit into a plastic claw that held it for the zoom operation, held in place no doubt with "spider spit", I took it out, cleaned it with lens tissue, but thought, how will I keep it in position, result I used the sticky glue like stuff that
was attached to a recent junk mail, you know the stuff, you can model with it almost, sticky glue used in fastening stuff to letters.
I put this on the claws, and carefully pushed the lens in place, a tiny dab does, result it worked. Not that I use it a lot, but better than losing a useful bit of kit. A mate of mine, Mr John Hunter of Gretna, he posts on 8mm forum, had the same problem as yourself Tom,
get in touch, mention me, and I'm sure he can be of assistance. Good luck.



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#8 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:02 pm

Well done Hugh; I briefly had a Kodak C mount lens and the two halves unscrewed. You would think someone would know how to open a lens, or were they mostly designed never to be taken apart?. If I can find anyone offering that service I will post the details here.



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#10 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:09 pm

Well done Robert, top of the class that man, I know John had a similar problem with fungus on his elements and had to send to a specialist, might have been the same one, even so, hope Tom gets it sorted out. Again, well done Robert.



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#11 by Tom Photiou , Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:44 pm

Great advise from all, Thank you Hugh, some very good advise, i must admit i am steering toward having a go myself if it looks too expensive.
We use to have a photographic shop here in Plymouth, we also bought a Kowa 8 scope lens and he cleaned this one for us for £20. If only! That was only around ten years ago, unfortunately they are closed now.
I shall try your contact Hugh and let you all know how i get on. I will also keep an eye open for another one if i can get one for under £60. I've spent too much lately and not finished yet by the looks of it.



 
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#12 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:52 pm

I found someone who removes fungus from lenses, but they only mention SLR lenses.



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