40-150 f/2.8 PRO Already Scratched

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Harvey Melvin Richards, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. :mad: Very PO'd about this. I went to clean the front lens for the very first time. I have babied this lens, it always has the hood extended when taking photos, and if not being used, the lens cap is on. None of my other lenses, all used more, have any scratches at all.

    There is one scratch I can see by eye, about 5/16ths of an inch long. The second scratch shows up in photos, but I can't see it on the lens. It is also parallel to the larger, deeper scratch. I never felt the need for protective filters, because I'm very careful with my lenses. My 39 year old OM 50 1.8 has no scratches on it.

  2. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 19, 2014
    Oh, I am so sorry Harvey. That's just terrible.
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Such a bummer.
  4. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    .... Sorry to see that. There's a reason to use a protective filter. .....
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    That's why I have a filter on every one of my lenses, while they are insured, a filter is much easier to replace than going through a repair process.
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Any chance this is not a scratch and instead is some kind of mark that can be wiped off? Seems impossible that it would have a scratch like this without some kind of explanation.
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  7. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Yeah, give it a good cleaning. I've cleaned off marks that I was certain were scratches before.
  8. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Sounds like someone has been fooling around with is and kept quiet about it, any kids in the house?
  9. No kids. Yes, I've cleaned it again multiple times. Because the 2 scratches are parallel, it seems like something with 2 points slid across the lens. I have no idea what that would have been though. I have read numerous places that the glass has some sort of hard coat on it, so it would seem like it would take some effort to scratch it like this.

    How would I test to see if this impacts my images?
  10. Yup... same reason I use filters... Good ones. I also don't use caps.
  11. finerflower

    finerflower Amin Fangrrl

    Dec 11, 2013
    New Jersey (South)
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  12. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    A dog paw? I've seen quite a few of them in your photos.

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  13. Vinpocetine

    Vinpocetine Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Your front element can take a crap-ton of abuse without having any real impact on your photos.

    For example:




    This is why, unlike some of the guys responding, I don't use a hood, filter or anything else. Buying a filter for every lens that I have owned would cost me the same as a few front element repairs :biggrin: . I understand your annoyance though, I'd be annoyed too and then I'd do my best to forget about it.

    To test it, shoot into the sun and see if you're getting any weird refractions or flares. Shoot a white background, shoot a dark background, shoot something with a repeating pattern to test the detail.

    If it's really bothering you for some reason, I doubt that it will cost you too much, a front element repair is pretty straightforward and shouldnt cost more than a couple hundred bucks.

    That front element is mostly for show ;). Just take care of that rear element!!!
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  14. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 2, 2013
    That's awful, I'm sorry for you. There's a thread posted quite some time ago about an 'experiment' by lens rentals, it shows images taken through a lens in far worse condition with surprisingly good results. Also read (on this forum again) about using a black marker pen to pigment the scratch marks.
    Having said that such damage would drive me nuts and I would be asking Olympus for an estimate to replace the front element.
    Lots of us don't use filters - my P7-14 for instance runs bare for obvious reasons.
  15. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Might be the back of lens cap accidentally scratch the lens?
  16. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    I don't think that'll make any difference to the actual images taken with the lens, not even stopped down to f22. but it might be time to use a good filter to prevent further damage.
  17. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    Ouch! Feel your pain.

    Posted from my lovely Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
  18. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2014
    Peter Campbell
    ouch. that's hard to look at even if it (hopefully) doesn't impact the pictures. is there anyway to replace or repair that?
  19. If the scratches are deep enough to cause refractions or flares, you can try and minimize it by filling in the scratch with black china marker or some sort of wax.
  20. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Very sorry to hear, especially since you were careful. If for some reason more appear without reason, I would contact Olympus. The coatings are supposed to be hard, although not indestructible, but one never knows if there was a bad batch that could have slipped through. But, I suspect that you were just hit by unidentified bad luck, although as was said above, it may not impact your images at all.

    So sorry,

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