There is fungus among us.

Mamiya RZ 110_2.8

My newly-acquired Mamiya-Sekor Z 110mm f/2.8, which was used to take these recently posted images here, here, and here, has fungus in it.

A lot of fungus.

It was described as “mint” by the seller in Japan.

To his credit, he has sent me a replacement lens.  It’s not quite as nice cosmetically, but the glass is clean (other than dust, which all of these Mamiya RZ lenses seem to attract in great quantity).

Yet, I wonder if I should keep and pay for the eukaryotic-exotic first lens?

It seems to perform spectacularly.

Myco-graphy anyone?

—Peter.

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10 thoughts on “There is fungus among us.

  1. mewanchuk says:

    When I saw your first three images, the first word I had in mind was “Fungus”.

    😀

    (Just goes to show how little bearing the cosmetic condition of a lens has on the visual impact and emotional appeal of the final product!)

    -M.

  2. KenOH says:

    Keep it and get it cleaned would be my suggestion. If it is a difficult to source lens, I would take it on the chin and get it serviced and cleaned. I did that with a Flektogon that was in awesome condition other than one spot of fungus. It was worth the cost to preserve it.

  3. Alexis says:

    I would clean it anyway, because fungus can spread to your other lenses (or so it is said), and you probably don’t want that 😉

  4. Ashwin Rao says:

    Prokaryotic problems are worse 🙂

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