Lens FUngus?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by bnz506, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. bnz506

    bnz506 TPF Noob!

    Dec 22, 2006
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    Brooklyn, NY
    Is this for real? I was talking to some dude and hes like yeah you shouldnt always keep your camera in a bag because of lens fungus or something like that. He also said to not breath on my lens to whip finger prints off because it can help the start (or growth) of fungus. I think thats what he said but I have a UV filter on does it matter if I breath on that to whip off finger prints and or troublesome dirt?

    How much of a problem is fungus? (is it rare)

    How can it be prevented?

    Any other info would be cool.

  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

    Aug 25, 2003
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    Lens fungus is real, although it is not caused by keeping a lens in a camera bag or breathing on it. Fungus likes high humidity and/or dampness, and warmth. Don't put gear away wet. Don't store gear in damp places. Take precautions when in the rain forrest or jungle.

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