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    Hasselblad 40mm Glass Replacement

    Hi all,

    I have someone with the 40mm for Hasselblad that has damage to the front element. He is bringing it to me now to see the extent of the damage. From my understanding he isn't sure if its a crack or a deep scratch to the center of the front element. Either way, is there any repair source that will replace a damaged front element or is the lens relegated to a parts lens? In my experiece, if the glass is damaged there typically isn't any repair option especially with a lens of this rarity but if there is an option I'd like to share it with him. Thank you.
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    Ok, the glass was not cracked thank GOD! These is a decent scratch right in the center of the glass surrounded by some lighter abrasions. Apparently it fell and impact shattered the filter which in turn failed to completely protect the glass. He has contacted Zeiss directly but because they are no longer affiliated with Hasselblad they wont touch the lens. It looks as though the damage could be reduced by buffing and re-coating the lens. I've seen some threads regarding having lenses recoated so i'll look and see if I can find them to identify sources. If anyone can recommend where to send it to be recoated please offer your recommendation. Thank you!
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    Is the issue actually having an effect on the print, or just cosmetic?

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    It does effect image quality unfortunately. He didn't bring me the prints to see but he described what he was seeing. If the center of the image is busy then its very hard to pick out any problem but otherwise he says it records on the negative and subsequently the print. He acknowledges that spotting could possibly help him manage it but he'd rather have it repaired/recoated if it will reduce the problem.
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    Find a lens with a busted shutter and swap out the front element

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    Yea, thats exactly what I told him. The lens is hard to find but I have seen a few busted ones go on ebay relatively recently.
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    I dropped a 28/2 Zeiss and the glass is all pristine but the focus helicoid is now the 'Leaning Tower of Pisa." I got a new-to-me replacxement but am saving the glass in the old one for a future project just like this.

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    Same Issue!

    I also recently purchased an old Hasselblad Distagon 40mm f/4 with a working shutter (silver barrel). Unfortunately, the front element has some scratches and cleaning marks (the rest of the glass is crystal clear). Also, itís not a T* lens, so itíll be prone to glare without a hood (and sadly I donít have a hood).

    Did you find a service that would clean/re-coat the lens, or did you manage to find someone/somewhere that sold a replacement for the front element?

    I've been searching for a 40mm with a broken shutter, but haven't come across one yet.. I only paid $400 USD for this lens, and I'm on a very tight budget (med school..), so the cheapest alternative is the best one.

    Thanks for your time!

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    You might call David Odess and see if he has a front element. He's a Hasselblad repair specialist who has a lot of old hassy parts.

    http://www.david-odess.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fragomeni View Post
    Ok, the glass was not cracked thank GOD! These is a decent scratch right in the center of the glass surrounded by some lighter abrasions. Apparently it fell and impact shattered the filter which in turn failed to completely protect the glass. He has contacted Zeiss directly but because they are no longer affiliated with Hasselblad they wont touch the lens. It looks as though the damage could be reduced by buffing and re-coating the lens. I've seen some threads regarding having lenses recoated so i'll look and see if I can find them to identify sources. If anyone can recommend where to send it to be recoated please offer your recommendation. Thank you!
    i can recommend zeiss in germany .they repaired a sonnar 5.6250 for me and only charged me 50euros,which made an e bay purchase worthwhile after all.
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