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    One thing that inexpert lens sellers will do is inspect a lens superficially by reflected light and describe it as perfect if they don't see anything amiss. Most nit-pickers (including myself) will inspect a lens by shining a torch through one end (on-axis) and viewing it at the other end slightly off-axis. If I see any specks, I regard this as incipient mold (inexpert sellers call it "dust"). I would avoid any lens at dealer prices with this manifestation, lenses via e-bay I accept if the specks are small and the price is low, but I will most likely send the lens in question for cleaning. I have learned from bitter experience that mold can grow in a lens AWFUL fast!

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    I always feel encouraged by a retailer who is willing to go out of their way to describe any and all faults, no matter how minor. I have seen lenses described to have "some minor dust" that, much as withthe scratches, I can not detect personally. But I will definitely consider givin by business to the retailer who leans that way rather than the other. These guys are out there and they deserve our business as a reward of their consciencious business practices. That's just my take on it...

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