foam in DEC SBB drives, ok to remove?
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sun Nov 30 00:57:14 CST 2014
> > When my best friend was alive, he stored his camera stuff in airtight
> > cases in foam.
> > After his death, I went through what was left of his stuff.
> > One case had a Visoflex, bellows, and a Leitz Tele-Elmarit 180mm M
> > Visoflex mount lens. 250 of those were made. One in decent shape goes
> > for $2K. His was brand-new, quite possibly the last, and only one in
> > perfect shape. The foam ATE into the barrel of the lens, destroying all
> > collector value.
> You really know how to hurt a person, don't you? I use both film and digital Leica M's, including the Visoflex
> bellows and lenses, so this is a seriously painful story. That is one of the rarest Leica lenses around.
Ouch indeed. I have a small amount of Leica M stuff (M2 and M4 bodies, visoflex, 4 lenses, nothing rare). It's
beautiful, although I must say that I prefer a Nikon F to the Leica M+visoflex.
Fred, was this lens still usable after that. The barrel was pitted, I guess, but did the focussing mount still work
and was the optics OK. I use my cameras, I don't collect them, so cosmetic damage is not so significant (I picked
up a Nikkor 180mm for a very good price because somebody had scratched an inventory number on the barrel.
Optically perfect, so still an excellent lens)
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