Repairing an elderly Tamron 80-210mm lens

Repairing a Tamron 80-210mm lens. End glass removed using special lens tool, available on eBay for about £10.

Inside of the lens was a bit foggy. I suspect that oil/grease had evaporated form the zoom mechanism and had re-condensed on the inside of the glass. Anyway, I carefully dismantled it (which is actually pretty straightforward with the correct tools, cleaned it up with my trusty lens-cleaning solution (33% white vinegar; 33% isopropanol; 34% distilled water), cleaned and lubricated the mech with silicone grease and reassembled it….

Close-up repairing a Tamron 80-210mm lens. End glass removed using special lens tool, available on eBay for about £10.

I originally bought it second hand in the 1980s for use with my Pentax ME Supers. It fell into disuse when I went digital in the late 1990’s. Things changed again when I went mirrorless a couple of years back. These days I’m using it with an adaptall2 (clone) ->µ4/3 adaptor on my Lumix GX7 for photographing birds in the garden. It’s actually a really nice, easy-to-use lens, especially on a MILC with focus highlighting.

Greedy starlings from my studio window 2016-05-30, taken with rebuilt vintage Tamron 80-210mm MF lens.

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