Lens storage

twigboy

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Regarding storage in a cabinet, not in a case, where the lenses can "breathe". For longer storage between uses, does it make any difference if they are standing vertically or laying horizontally (within a confining basket for instance)? I'm thinking of the internal mechanics and such -- I hear about oils on the aperture blades and wonder about migration. Unduly concerned? Thanks.
 

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Warm, dry and light will help to prevent fungus.

Always use lens caps.

Some of my ILC lenses are about 50 years old. Stored in every way imaginable with zero problems. BUT never in cold or damp environments.

The shutter grease on my ~60+ y.o. Rolleiflex TLR 'froze' after about 40-50 years, but it needed (and had) a full overhaul in the early 2000s.
 

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Warm, dry and light will help to prevent fungus.

Always use lens caps.

Some of my ILC lenses are about 50 years old. Stored in every way imaginable with zero problems. BUT never in cold or damp environments.

The shutter grease on my ~60+ y.o. Rolleiflex TLR 'froze' after about 40-50 years, but it needed (and had) a full overhaul in the early 2000s.
Did you ever get the mirror re done on the Rollie? I once had a mirror redone on a TLR with only limited success, hard to get a mirror with front coating done
Wondering if there is anyone specialising for cameras
 

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I always store my lenses vertically with the front element down. It protects the contacts, plus the base is wider.
At home I keep them in pouches/padded cases on a shelf. I have hooks and put the pouch's drawstring on the hook so they don't fall over, like a leash. Each lens has its own hook.
 

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I'm not familiar with his work.
I came up with the idea in trying to provide some measure of security for my lenses. It's worked well.
 

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Did you ever get the mirror re done on the Rollie? I once had a mirror redone on a TLR with only limited success, hard to get a mirror with front coating done
Wondering if there is anyone specialising for cameras
I've re-glued several. Cleaning should be limited to warm water and gentle rubbing with a Q-tip, although I've had success with Bausch and Lomb lens cleaner. You can find them, they're called 'semi-silvered'. Unless it's an expensive camera it may be easier to buy a parts camera and scavenge it.
 

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