Sticky aperture blades are one of the most common issues associated with vintage camera gear. Age, temperature, and neglectful storing habits can lead lubricating oils to weep from certain parts of the lens onto the aperture blades, causing them to stick when actuated. Here is a quick, casual tutorial on how to solve this problem at home with basic implements and supplies.
The lens used here is an old Minolta AF 50mm ƒ1.7. Other lenses will vary in construction, but the general principles carry through. With some patience and a little mechanical ability anyone can overcome this common problem.
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