Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 17A Adaptall-2 Disassembly and Fungus Cleaning

11/11/2015 - 18:14
Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 17A Adaptall-2 Disassembly and Fungus Cleaning

This article is not detailed instructions for disassembly and cleaning of the lens, but only my experience in solving with a particular problem — cleaning fungus in the third element on the side of the aperture. I hope it will help those who will need to solve a similar problem.

I bought this lens cheaply, because there was a fungus. And I wanted to clean it.

To do this it was necessary to disassemble lens. The fungus was small, and consider exactly on what element was difficult. I was 100% sure that it is on the second element and therefore became apart from the front.

Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 Adaptall-2 optical design

Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 17A Adaptall-2 optical design. Green color shows the place where the fungus.


Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 17A Disassembling Procedure
Took the lens spanner wrench, insert it into special notch on the front of the barrel and started to unscrew the nut counterclockwise.

Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 Adaptall-2 dissassemble

Red arrows show the position where to insert the spanner wrench

After I nut unscrewed, I began to pull the elements by the first lens fungus was not, and it was not under a second. That’s how all the inside of the lens is deceptive. It turns out that the fungus was the third lens on the side of the aperture, but to get there, I had to disassemble the lens differently.

I had access to the third element, which structurally is in the middle of the lens. Pulling the lens on the back side, too, would not avail. The lens had to be dismantled in the middle.

I began to look carefully at least some hint of how it can be disassembled and found. Under rubberized ring was a small notch.

Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 Adaptall-2 insert the spanner wrench mark

Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 Adaptall-2 insert the spanner wrench mark

Red arrow shows the location of the insert the spanner wrench

I put the thin end of the spanner wrench and began to rotate counterclockwise. Nut succumbed rotation, and thus I can easily make out the lens into two halves.

Dismantled  Tamron 35-70 f/3.5 Adaptall-2

Dismantled lens. The arrow indicates the lens. which needed to be cleaned

Next, clean the lens is not too difficult. I did not pull it out of the barrel, it was not necessary. At first I smeared it with saliva and waited 5 minutes. Saliva dissolves perfectly chitine – the material that makes up the majority of fungus.

The lens came to me from Texas. It is a pity that he did not photographed fungus, painfully zotelos I quickly get rid of it.

Next, after I carefully removed the element with saliva, rubbed it special cloth, dropping it a modicum of special lens-cleaning fluid.

Further, the lens was assembled opposite way. When installing the helicoid in the thread, you must see to it that he was exactly in the place where he was pulled out, otherwise you can remove it and lose focus to infinity and the scale will not accurately show the focusing distance.

All this work took me a little more an hour. But if all know in advance how and what to disassemble, we can handle much faster.


Also watch review and sample photos of Tamron 35-70 mm f/ 3.5 Adaptall-2 model 17A

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