Seeing camera gear dismantled can be like watching a horror movie for some photographers. For me, it’s fascinating. It’s interesting seeing the tech that goes into the new generations of lenses. It’s also cool to see how manufacturers overcome certain design challenges.
While very interesting to watch, I wouldn’t suggest doing this to your own lenses. At least, not to new lenses that still have a manufacturer warranty. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can easily screw it up. It’ll probably also void that warranty even if you don’t kill it.
For older lenses that are out of warranty and not cost effective to have repaired, go for it. There are many lenses out there that need a little TLC. Even if you don’t own one yourself, you probably know somebody who has a lens destined for the trash. If not, there’s always eBay.
I’ve taken a few old mechanical M42 and Nikon lenses apart to give them a good clean. I couldn’t really imagine doing it on more modern lenses. There’s just too much electronics in those for me. So, I’d probably screw it up. Don’t get me wrong, I like electronics. I’m also quite handy with a soldering iron, but lenses have gotten too high tech for me.
Have you dismantled any of your lenses or cameras? What was wrong with it? Did you manage to fix the problem or just make it worse? Let us know in the comments.