Vario-Switar 86OE Repair
Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:38 AM
Now I haven't put a battery in it to check if the meter is even connected because the whole barrel of the mechanism seems to be loosely spinning in the outer housing. By pulling out the chrome ring (used to manually adjust) and fiddling with it, I can feel that it wants to grab something inside, and I can kind of get the needle to move to a specific setting, but it is not solid and doesn't click into positions the way it is supposed to.
So, given this description, is this lens worth repairing? Does it sound like something that can even be repaired for a reasonable price? Or should I just write this one off and sell it as junk for parts? And if it is worth repairing, does anyone have any suggestions on who might be willing to take on this kind of repair?
Any info or advice would be welcome. Thanks in advance.
Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:35 AM
After all that, the lens was finally ready to perform. One big problem remained. It wasn't a showstopper. Optical quality left a lot to be desired. Group 4 zoom tracking and focus breathed. Coatings were old world. I could go on.
I will say, once in a while, one of these lenses looked really good. Maybe they looked better when they were brand new. For some reason the lens cement (Canada Balsam) seemed to yellow/oxodize more than other lens types.
Sorry for the negative post.
Posted 04 July 2010 - 07:26 PM
I need your help in regards to my vario switar,i was hoping you could kindly help me since you have spent many years toying with them.
I have opened my lens in order to get rid of a fungus rests between the two inner lens barrels.
I would like to know how to remove these two lens barrels and how to safely put them back.
Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:34 PM