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    Cleaning lense fungus

    Hello, Several of my enlarger lenses have developed fungus on the outer elements. What is the best way to clean and remove this?
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    Once fungus gets established on a lens it's nearly impossible to remove short of having the lens repolished because the glass surface becomes etched.

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    If you catch it early enough the damage may be minimal. Various sources recommend vinegar, naptha, hydrogen peroxide, or lens cleaners. I've had some small success with Rexton Optyl in removing fungus that was not so far along as to ruin the lens.

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    Place it in direct sunlight for a couple hours.

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    Killing fungus.

    I picked up a Vivitar 200mm Series 1 (built in focusing motor) for $5.00 because it was coated with fungus. Used a mixture of hydrogen peroxide & ammonia, mixed 50/50.
    Cleaned it last summer and it is still spore free!!

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    You can clean them with Windex and then keep the lens for a week or two in an enclosed box with a few crystals of Thymol. This will prevent the fungus re-ocurring.

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    Listerine has always worked better for me than any other solution.
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    Thanks everyone this give me a start.
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    With all the fuss about fungus, has anyone ever tried Athleates Foot cream? I often wonder if it will kill the fungus we get on a lens since it is a fungicide, ummmm.
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    It'll stop the itch...
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