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    Yashicamat 124G lens marks -- what is this?

    Hello all,

    I bought a Yashicamat 124G, and was examining it. When looking through the taking lens on bulb, a prominent streak is seen.

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    From the back; 11 o'clock:
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    A closer look. 1 o'clock on both.
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    Is this fungus? When viewed from the back, it is behind and close to the rear element.

    I gather that it is relatively simple to open this lens up, but I don't own a wrench spanner, and do not want to tamper with it unless I decide to keep it.

    Any idea or comments would be helpful. Thanks very much.

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    It does look like it could be fungus. I've never attempted to try to remove fungus before but you could try to call Mark Hama, he does a great job repairing Yashicas, especially TLRs since he used to build them in Japan. It's easier to speak to him over the phone than e-mailing him. You can get his phone number at www.markhama.com

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    I don't know about cement but fungus also attacks coatings, such as multi-coating. I hear they are yummy.

    To me, it looks like combination of dust, oil residues, fungus, and multitude of contamination. It definitely needs cleaning. To me, the fungus part does not look bad. On photo 3, there is a big thick streak at 1 o'clock. That one is definitely fungus.

    I've taken lenses apart and cleaned them myself. Depending on how much you paid for the camera, you may or may not try this yourself.

    If you have a chance to return it, I would. 124Gs are available fairly reasonably these days. Professional cleaning will likely run you decent amount of money.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    A guide to removing and cleaning the lenses on a 124... for people who believe in real tools, take a deep breathe before clicking on this link and seeing how the guy made a spanner wrench (nails, board, dremel.... it ain't pretty!)-
    http://www.usedcameradb.com/blog/200...4-taking-lens/

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    Thanks for the comments and wealth of information, folks. Much appreciated.

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    I had very similar marks on my 124G - the shutter is noted for throwing off oil over time. So don't necessarily jump to fungus although it does look like that to me; however a good repair shop should be able to clean it properly. It was about $60 for my repair guy to work it over but I haven't had an issue since.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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