Quote Originally Posted by cyberspider View Post
may have found the problem with the x-700
as i was cleaning i see this
<Wary of being sucked in again>

Is that foam or flocking coming loose or is it bent metal (result of a blow which undoubtedly also changed the alignment of the lens mount)?

If deformation from a blow, it's a wonder you got any kind of sharpish image at all...

If loose flocking, it shouldn't have a large effect, unless it really is seriously blocking the light path.