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    Front lens cleaning marks...

    On my desk there is lens that is critically ill, a non-AI Nikkor 1.4/50mm. This is not an expensive lens these days, but I fell pity with it.

    It suffers from cleaning marks, and it's somewhat blotchy. It does not look so bad, but there is a problem, and it does affect contrast on the images.

    I know this can't be fixed, but are there any dirty tricks to make it work better? What is the best way to clean the front lens if a first try with a lenspen fails to remove the 'blotchyness'?
    The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands smell like fixing bath.

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    Get a junk lens with frozen focus or damaged aperture blades and swap the front and rear elements. In my opinion that is the best fix. Re-coating is never a financially sound option and more cleaning can just make it worse.


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    Check KEH "AS IS" bin to see if you can find an inoperative lens for $5 n use the front element?

    There is a little trick we use on scratched lenses.. blackening. If the scratches are deep enough just wipe some blackening over the lens surface n wipe it clean leaving the blackening in the scratches, they won't defract as much as an open scratch will n not show in your pics either.

    I've never tried it on cleaning marks but worth a try since you have noting to lose.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    Paul, what kind of blackening do you use?
    The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands smell like fixing bath.

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    It's a flat black enamel paint.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.



 

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