It is bound to be very expensive, if they will do it all. I would estimate cost to be somewhere between half the original retail price of the lens to almost full price.
thank you for the reply. What is the best way to make sure a microfibre cloth is clean before using it?It is bound to be very expensive, if they will do it all. I would estimate cost to be somewhere between half the original retail price of the lens to almost full price.
I would be more afraid of reduced performance once repaired as centration of elements gets critical. On the production line the finished lens is tested for element centration errors. They have the luxury of pulling out any finished lens that exceeds their standards. Frankly I wouldn't even send it in unless you are in warranty and have a warranty issue.
From your other thread I feel like you are over obsessing. I just pulled my Pan/Leica 25 off a camera and checked it over carefully, shining a light through it and at it it from various angles. I can see a significant haze on the front surface of the front element on mine. All it is is atmospheric contamination and dust deposits, all of which will come off easily with the cleaning method I advised in your other thread.
But if I had to grab it and go to work RIGHT NOW, I would do it without hesitation or any fear that it would affect my pictures. It usually takes a lot more than you would think to adversely affect images.
So clean it up GENTLY as best you can, use a Rocket Blower (or big ear syringe), then the edge of a folded microfiber cloth, then breathe on the lens until you fog it and quickly use the microfiber cloth to wipe it while moist. Put it on the camera and use it.
In the meantime look up PecPads and Eclipse cleaning fluid on www.bhphotovideo.com and order those for a real good cleaning system,
Although B&H lists Eclipse cleaning fluid they will not ship it, you can only pick it up at their store (convenient if you live in NYC). So here is a link to Photographic Solutions direct. This is where I order mine.
I generally don't use UV filters for protection with micro four thirds lenses because of unwanted reflections that sometimes result, however if going into a "lens hostile" environment (sea spray, industrial contaminants, etc.) I will put one on.
So clean your lens and enjoy it. It's one of the finest around.
Maybe you should consider something that is for one-time use and disposable, like the PEC Pads? This way you do not have to worry about whether a cloth is clean or not?thank you for the reply. What is the best way to make sure a microfibre cloth is clean before using it?
I don't worry about it.thank you for the reply. What is the best way to make sure a microfibre cloth is clean before using it?