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#1 Tony Muna

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:33 PM

I saw some on CML but I can't seem to find the email.

Where else could one get their SLR lenses fixed with lens gears?
I know of Duclos, any other?

Also declicking? I've read before about one actually doing it at home.
How would someone go upon doin something like that?
I would only trust a lens tech but curious to know how easy or hard it is.

Thanks for your time.
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:55 AM

I've fitted gear rings for plenty of people here in Australia, but since you mention Duclos I'm guessing you're US based. It's something you could do yourself - get a good machine shop to make up some 32 tpi gears out of Delrin with an ID very slightly under the focus ring diameter. Heat the Delrin up a little and slip it into place, when it cools it will shrink tightly onto the focus ring. Sometimes the lens needs partial dismantling to slip the ring over, in which case maybe a professional needs to fit it. There are also cheaper options like flexible lens gears (like toothed cable-ties) or ready made rings in various diameters.

De-clicking can sometimes be a simple job, it depends on the lens. Often it's just a case of removing the mount to access the iris ring, but on some lenses it's not so straightforward. Once you have access to the iris ring it can be removed and the spring-loaded ball inside it just needs to be taken out.
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#3 Steve Gal

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:28 PM

I do full cinestyle upgrades to most still lenses including Leica R, Zeiss Contax, Nikon & Canon. I custom cut the 32 pitch gears to fit your lenses without any screws as well as declick and dampen the iris. I also can bump up the fronts to a common thread size or diameter of your choice.

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