Living creature in lens !

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  1. prosportimages

    prosportimages TPF Noob!

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    Hi, I have a Nikon 300mmED F4 lens, which appears to be sealed all round, but there is a little white creature inside which spends its time walking accross the front element !!
    Has anyone else had a similar event, or does any reader know how to remove the front glass to clean it.
    Its obviously a dust mite or something, about .2 mm accross under magnification.
     
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    thats really funny...the only thing i could think of is to get it professionally cleaned
     
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    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Now how would one photograph that? :wink:
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    There are a number of mites that hatch in cameras in damp conditions. The eggs are microscopic and airborne. You occasionaly get them in cameras*. They live on flakes of gelatine and similar things. Putting the camera in to a dry environment gets rid of them.
    Your problem may be a similar critter. Make sure the lens is kept warm and dry and see if it's still there in a few days.
    In any event the beast is unlikely to interfere with the camera or your pictures. You could spend a lot of money to get the lens stripped and cleaned but i think it will go away on it's own.

    Alternatively you could give it a name and treat it like a pet.


    *A lot of them live in mattresses and eat flakes of skin. Gross but true.
     
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    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Oh sure...ask the impossible!
    This guy lives in England remember? :lol: :wink:
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    Oh yes - I forgot. That explains why I have webbed feet. I had been wondering.
    But by the same logic - I see you live in Florida, Sid, so that would make you retired Mafia :mrgreen:
     
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    Waddya mean retired? :wink:
     

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