Aero Ektar Repair - AWP Photography
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Front Element Removed

Front Element Removed

Element removed. If the front element is a bit stuck after removing the retaining ring DO NOT BANG THE LENS TO FREE IT. This is a rookie mistake. The lens elements and barrels have a tight clearance to achieve critical alignment. There are tools like a "Lens Sucker" which is a small suction cup on a straw to lift the element straight up. You can also use a piece of gaffer tape and press it on the element to lift from the center.

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