Olympus 35 UC - lens haze ... how bad is this?

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  1. IloveTLRs

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    I was lucky enough to be given an Olympus 35 UC yesterday.

    Here are two TTL images I managed to take:

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    As you can see there's what appears to be haze on the left side. I don't have the right tool to open it up right now. I'm wondering, how much you do think that spot of haze will affect photos I take?
     
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    Best to try with film. It does not look too bad from the image, put a hood on the lens and shoot a roll.
     
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    The "haze" is reiminscent of fungal growth that I've seen on an old Canon FD 50mm, starting at the edges and working its way inward or around the lens. From the image it looks like that. Stopping down the lens about 3 f/ below open will concentrate light through the central axis, thereby "missing" the haze/growth, but a 'fuzzy' corner may still appear. Strip the lens for a "Spring clean".
     
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    Based on your shots with the reflection of the sun going straight into the lens, just use it!

    Shots look sharp. The small aura around the sun reflections are typical of most single-coated lenses. As with most coating marks, small scratches, and light haze, the actual effects on film are minimal.