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Kodak Aero Ektar. Lens questions

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by Rob spacedog, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Rob spacedog

    Rob spacedog New Member

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    Hi
    I’m new here ,I found the forum as I want to try working with vintage plate cameras and I’ve been reading lots of great info already in this forum section
    I was gifted a field bellows camera and a large Kodak Aero Ektar lens by a family friend.

    I’ve read these lens are highly rated by some people. But there’s some strange flaws in the centre lens, and I was wondering has anyone seen similar before. I don’t think they’re fungal bloom. Everything else about the lens looks great,

    But is the lens fixable or is it ruined?
    Should I Look for an alternative?

    Thanks in advance for your advice

    Rob

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  2. mikew

    mikew Always on

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    Welcome, all i can say is i have the same lens as a paper weight and it doesnt have Daisies in it, i did take a picture with it about 40 years ago but cant remember if it was much good.
     
  3. MikeB

    MikeB Always on Premium Member

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    The lens has fungus growing on one or more of the lens elements. Some types of fungus will etch into the lens ruining the lens, others will just stay on the surface. The only way to determine whether the lens is salvageable is to disassemble the lens, clean the lens elements and determine the extent of any damage. It may be easier to find a lens in good condition elsewhere rather than trying to salvage this one. Fungus is encouraged to grow in environments having 70% and greater humidity.
     
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  4. Rob spacedog

    Rob spacedog New Member

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    Thanks for your advice.
    I will do a bit of research on cleaning .
     

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