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Old November 18th, 2006, 09:24 AM   #1
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"tight" focus rings on older lenses

i have a couple of older canon fd and fl lenses that are optically perfect, but the focus rings seem to have become a little "tight" with age. i imagine it is solidifying grease and nothing mechanical. does this condition mandate a trip to a shop to clean and correct, or is this something anyone has experience taking care of without professional assistance? thanks...
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Old November 20th, 2006, 03:14 AM   #2
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If there're "too stiff," and these lenses are pricey, take 'em to a repair shop.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 08:14 PM   #3
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Reapir shop is best answer. I had a Nikon 50mm f1.4 many years ago that got champagne on the focus ring. When I wanted to use it again, I would put ONE drop of lens cleaner on it and it would work for another several weeks. I suppose ONE drop of 3inOne might work, but WD40 would be too agressive and too short lived. If you try the either, wait a few minutes and then work the ring back and forth a few times.
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 08:42 PM   #4
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thanks for the responses fellas. i researched a little bit before asking here and read about some pretty crazy homebrew fixes, like placing the lens in a toaster oven to melt the grease out, then reapplying oil. almost tried it too... well, off to the repair shop. thanks again.
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