Very true, both Tom1956 and E von Hoegh: I had to look hard to get the REALLY tiny screwdrivers but filing is a good idea if you cannot find small enough. (IE, filing BOTH horizontally AND at the actual blade to make it thinner.) and those tiny set screws can be monumental in frustration to remove. The best thing might be to first put a drop of lighter fluid onto the screw in order to loosen any grime embedded within. And, yes, there are times I feel that I am beginning to lose the top of the screw and then I do as Tom said: put MUCH pressure on the screw and turn SLOWLY to begin its loosening. I do wish I had more pictures to illustrate this but when I work I am so frustrated that 'swearing takes over' sometimes as I talk to myself. Removing the front element usually requires unscrewing the logo ring (I place duct tape on the logo ring, 180 degrees apart, and put the 'spanner' (my pointy scissors) firmly on the tape and press down and slowly turn counter clockwise to loosen the ring. But, sometimes, it is different where one has to unscrew the sides of the barrel instead. There is simply too much to impart with focused accuracy here but take one step at a time. Sometimes, instead of removing the front it is best to remove the rear elements. Haze usually is prone at the air space separating elements before, and after the aperture blades, thus, you can often only have to remove EITHER the front or the rear in order to get at the hazed elements.
Although I cannot guarantee to help I certainly do not mind being contacted with specific problems. Be patient as I use public computers. Also, I do not mind phoning (although, in this 'detached technological age' that might be prone to a wacky misinterpretation, so rigid have we become as a society!!!): 215.569.4949. - David Lyga
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