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| p.93 #19 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase? |
I removed the elements from one of my FD mount Vivitar macro focusing converters. The first three elements came out easily and last had to be broken out. I taped every opening, etc. covered it with a small cloth and hit it one with a large metal punch, using a heavy hammer. I then put on goggles for saftey, and used an air compressor to remove any and all glass debris. I had one small mark inside that i used some flat black paint to cover the bright mark. The Flash Bender is named Rogue ( Photographic Design ). , located in Santa Cruiz, CA. Try expoimaging.com , for possible information. When you use your lens on the focusing tube, you will see that you now can have two focusing rings, depending on where you set the prime lens on, say short of inf.
Hmm, too bad about that last element. I might try this tomorrow. Did you start from the front or back, and did you have to remove the mounts?
I would be extremely cautious when busting old optical glass, especially if it has Thorium or other radioactive elements in it, breathing them in is just bad bad bad.
These aren't that old, and Vivitar was more of a budget brand, so I would be very surprised if there were radioactive elements in there (they are also clear, not coloured at all), but I will be careful.