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    Default how to check DSLR body for fungus?

    I saw a mirror and a metal plate. Both of them looks dirty but they don't seems to be anything growing on it although the metal plate has a few dirt(??) on it. Worried because someone lend me his 18-55 and I realised there is fungus in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maisatomai1 View Post
    I saw a mirror and a metal plate. Both of them looks dirty but they don't seems to be anything growing on it although the metal plate has a few dirt(??) on it. Worried because someone lend me his 18-55 and I realised there is fungus in it.
    You worry too much,even if there is fungus in the camera mirror box it's easy to clean.Get a big blower brush to brush off bigger pieces of grit and dirt and then blow off lighter particles
    before any chemical cleaning that way you minimise scratching mirror or lens element.

    Next get a bottle of alcohol/IPA (isoprophyl alcohol) from cosmetics section of dept. store or pharmacy or methylated spirit (fire wine)from neighbourhood hardware or paint shop.DO NOT BUY THINNER.Some cotton buds too and soft tissue paper for final wipe off.Some may not want to use tissue
    that's your choice.

    You should check/clean mirror and viewfinder after every time you bring camera out for a shoot.
    Fungus takes longer time to form than most people think so regular inspection will minimise fungus
    forming.It's important to have a clean mirror because the metering sensor reads of the image reflected off the mirror in the penta mirror for low end models to a silvered solid glass pentaprism
    in high end models which translate to meter accuracy and focusing. Also bright image through the viewfinder.

    How does fungus look like? It starts as a dot and grow bigger like a spider web (spider will probably be drunk as the web will be irregular),imagine ice cracks
    you'll get the picture.If it gets to this stage there is the possibility that the fungus have eaten
    into the lens coating.Whether it affects the image depends on location and extent of spreading of fungus.You can still take photos and the image is still usable unless you enlarge them then it may be obvious.

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    Default Re: how to check DSLR body for fungus?

    if u are not sure, bring it to a camera repair shop, i believe they do free check ups at most places.
    if there is some fungus, then worry about repair~! but check fast before it spreads~
    Canon 60D | And Legs as Lens to cover every single focal length i ever needs.

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    Default Re: how to check DSLR body for fungus?

    Quote Originally Posted by maisatomai1 View Post
    I saw a mirror and a metal plate. Both of them looks dirty but they don't seems to be anything growing on it although the metal plate has a few dirt(??) on it. Worried because someone lend me his 18-55 and I realised there is fungus in it.
    Read the sticky threads about basic cleaning to get rid of dust, that usually gives already a clearer picture (pun intended).
    Fungus does not spread like flu through MRT train, one person sneezes and half the train has it 2 days later. Fungus spores are everywhere at any time, they are already in your camera and lens (regardless whether from the lens you borrowed or other sources). Important is to prevent growth. Use your camera (fungus doesn't like UV of sunlight) and store in proper conditions when not used. Done. Stop worrying.
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    Usually fungus don spread, Try to take a picture of bright area/ sky @smaller aperture say between F11-22.. and see any spot on the image. Most of the time could be due to the dust or rare cases, The Fungus... if is clean then u shouldn't worry so much.
    Fungus on lens, usually wont show up in your image.

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    is there anyway to cure the fungus? put in dry cabi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtoshoot View Post
    is there anyway to cure the fungus? put in dry cabi?
    The best way is to bring it down to a professional or simply the service centre to be cleaned. Some fungus can cause 'stains' like the 'spider web' look. Places like Camera hospital can help.

    There's a bro here who also helps with cleaning. I'm not sure whether he still does it , think he nick is fatigue.

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    usually what are the charges like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtoshoot View Post
    usually what are the charges like?
    Depending on how bad is the growth for starters.
    I've gotten one cleaned at Olympus for below $80 before, a film camera totally overly riddled with fungus at De Camera Consultant for just above $100 before etc.

    Honestly it all depends on how much u value your lens. If it's a lens worth $1000 above, getting it cleaned and maintained at $100+ is well worth it in my humble opinion.

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    Default Re: how to check DSLR body for fungus?

    Quote Originally Posted by learningtoshoot View Post
    is there anyway to cure the fungus? put in dry cabi?
    No, this would only slow down / stop what has been growing already. But it would not reverse or remove it. Get it cleaned.
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