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    Professional enlarger lens cleaning

    I have a very valuable enlarging lens and It has developed some fog. I need to get it completely disassembled and cleaned. I want to send it to the best person possible. It is a Zeiss lens if that really matters. Any suggestions?
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    Try contacting Schneider. They have a very good lens dept. and they might do the work for you...
    Best, Peter

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    Send it to Zeiss. Go to their website, Carlzeiss.de and go to the service and maintenance area. Zeiss does a fine job of handling email.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    Thanks Claire- but the link is no good. I sent ziess US an email yesterday but they have not responded. Any other links?

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickjames
    I have a very valuable enlarging lens and It has developed some fog. I need to get it completely disassembled and cleaned. I want to send it to the best person possible. It is a Zeiss lens if that really matters. Any suggestions?

    Hi,
    Try http://www.henrypaine.com/ . He is a nice fellow, does good work, and is decidedly analog. (5x7 shooter) I have had him clean optics and repair compur shutters.
    Celac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickjames
    I have a very valuable enlarging lens and It has developed some fog. I need to get it completely disassembled and cleaned. I want to send it to the best person possible. It is a Zeiss lens if that really matters. Any suggestions?
    First of all one should confirm that its really "valuable" and worth dealing with. Not all Zeiss is valuable. The most prized ones are the Zeiss S-Orthoplanar and S-Biogon. They are both "valuable" to collectors. The Zeiss Jena Tessars, by contrast, are good but very common and trade for less than paperweights.

    If its a Zeiss S-Orthoplanar or S-Biogon then you should send it to Carl Zeiss for service-- although I'm not sure service would increase their value as most collectors that dig deep into their pockets don't really ever use them (the lure of hype).
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    Yep- It is an orthoplanar and I really don't care about the collectability of it because I use it. It really is a fantastic lens. All the hype really isn't hype.
    I would love to send it to Zeiss but they haven't answered my emails yet. Anyone know who I should contact there?

    Afterword-
    I found the German Zeiss repair contact and emailed them. Keeping my fingers crossed..........

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    Well its official. Zeiss emailed me back saying that they couldn't help me. I was quite shocked because this only invloves removing a retaining ring. Anyone have any other advice? I am looking for the best of the best please. I don't want any hack screwing up this lens. It is just too valuable and too hard to replace. I appreciate your help.

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    I believe John at http://www.focalpointlens.com/ may be able to help you out.
    “Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” - Lao Tzu

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    Have you considered DIY?
    I've a 127mm RZ lens needing cleaning
    and am considering DIM. Dan

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