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    haze on lens?

    I'm looking to buy an aero ektar lens.

    any idea what this haze might be?

    http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/...0,0,0&format=0

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    I see two lights falling on the glass. I would venture, in absence of physical inspection, that the 'haze' to which you refer is a whole bunch of electrons bouncin' all around down in there. Again, without the lens in hand and by that illustration, there's know way to determine fungus, moisture, bad cement, or whatever else it could conceivably be.
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    I vote for bouncing electrons. Seriously though, I agree with Christopher that it's difficult to tell from a photo. You usually just have to buy it and cross your fingers.

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    not talking about the lights. on the left side of the lens, you can see the 'haze' im talking about.

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    Possibly cement or coating flaking off.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    I see two lights falling on the glass. I would venture, in absence of physical inspection, that the 'haze' to which you refer is a whole bunch of electrons bouncin' all around down in there. Again, without the lens in hand and by that illustration, there's know way to determine fungus, moisture, bad cement, or whatever else it could conceivably be.
    Actually, I would vote for photons, rather than electrons.

    Otherwise, I agree fully.
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Geez, Matt. Well, um, duh, you're right. Stupid keys.

    As to the discoloration on the left, I would vote for coating that has not been rubbed off yet. That, in and of itself, shouldn't affect image quality.
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    Wow. Did I really say Electrons? And did Mike really not catch that? ;p Sorry, I like company under that bus. Nice tranny.
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    There's some sort of crud visible at the edge of the front element from roughly 6 o'clock to 9 o'clock. Might be oil, might be coating damage. If oil, a microfiber cloth and Super Kote or maybe R.O.R. lens cleaning fluid might remove it. If coating damage, negligible.

    I can't tell what's going on with the rear element's outer surface. Whoever took the pictures want to learn how to photograph lenses.

    If the lens' price is low enough, gamble. If too high or you're very risk averse, don't get it. It is, though, much cleaner than most of the ones I've seen on offer.

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    From what i understand the Aero-Ektar lens contain glass elements made of Thorium, which is radioactive and causes internal fogging.

    http://home.earthlink.net/~michaelbr...aeroektar.html

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