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    Quinten,

    How can you buy glass with a scratch on it?
    Do you feel confortable with that?
    I don`t!

    Cheers

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    Last edited by Juba; 04-09-2005 at 05:40 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Take a look at this page:

    http://www.certo6.com/gallery/planar.html

    I'm with Brad on this one...if the scratch isn't on the rear element, I wouldn't sweat it as long as the price is good. (The one thing that a scratch on the front element of a lens definately impacts severely is it's resale value.)
    Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless.

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    Sorry Mongo,

    I still wouldn't buy it. No matter how cheap it was.

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    I didn't

    Thanks lads you guys just made me think long enough so I didn't do anything stupid. A few dollars more and I have a good lens, it's just that I was in a hurry since I have no lens for my 501 yet.

    So it's not worth years of feeling funny with a lens when it will only save me a few months now.

    cheers!

    BTW Mongo your link makes one think...... maybe I can even shoot with the lens hood still on.

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    Let me suggest a way that has worked many times for me.
    First off I doubt seriously the scratch will be noticable, but
    my method is to go to the store and buy a roll of film from them
    ask to try the lens on your camera, load the film and shoot the
    whole roll in the store, close ups, perhaps the clerk, an overal
    or two of the entire store. When finished ask how much of a
    deposite they would require to hold the lens for you untill the
    results of the test roll can be evaluated. Have the store process
    and print the roll, doing this if you decide against the lens the
    store has sold you a roll of film and has made the cost of the
    processing. doing this you have not totally wasted their time
    buy looking at the lens. If you like the lens the deposite goes
    on the lens cost everybody wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Webb
    Let me suggest a way that has worked many times for me.
    First off I doubt seriously the scratch will be noticable, but
    my method is to go to the store and buy a roll of film from them
    ask to try the lens on your camera, load the film and shoot the
    whole roll in the store, close ups, perhaps the clerk, an overal
    or two of the entire store. When finished ask how much of a
    deposite they would require to hold the lens for you untill the
    results of the test roll can be evaluated. Have the store process
    and print the roll, doing this if you decide against the lens the
    store has sold you a roll of film and has made the cost of the
    processing. doing this you have not totally wasted their time
    buy looking at the lens. If you like the lens the deposite goes
    on the lens cost everybody wins.
    Charles, What a great idea! This would work equally well for a used camera body - which is much harder to evaluate by sight alone (at least for me). Thanks for sharing.

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