foam in DEC SBB drives, ok to remove?

Zane Healy healyzh at
Sat Nov 29 19:33:21 CST 2014

On Nov 29, 2014, at 8:51 AM, Fred Cisin <cisin at> wrote:

> 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.


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