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Rare-ish lens dilemma.


Knoxville, US
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davecarroll Registered since 29th Sep 2013
Mon 30-Sep-13 05:33 PM | edited Mon 30-Sep-13 05:49 PM by davecarroll

I bought a plain prism F with 5.8cm F/1.4 lens recently, which I love. Both body and lens were a little rough, but I have fixed up what I need to as far as making them useable again.

However, in the bag with these, and included in the $100 cost, was a Auto Nikkor 8.5-25cm f/4-4.5, the original version with the scalloped metal focusing ring. From my research, this is a fairly uncommon lens, being only produced for a short while before modifications were made.

Unfortunately, the glass is in an awful state! It has probably the worst case of fungus I have come across, and I do not trust myself with dismantling and cleaning it as I would with a fixed focal length lens. Looking at the condition of the elements, even a cleaning may not be enough to save this lens, but I hate the idea of just throwing it out, or leaving it as it is. The body of the lens is also a little rough, but serviceable.

Just wondering what others may do in this situation. If it were a common lens, I would just bin it as it cost me effectively nothing, but am finding that hard to do with this lens.

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