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Old Jul 25, 2005, 8:03 PM   #1
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I just noticed a small scratch close to the edge of my lens. It doesn't seem to be causing problems but it got me wondering. Is it possible to have a lens fixed or is it pretty much ruined (insurance claim) if it has too many scratches?


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Old Jul 26, 2005, 10:49 AM   #2
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I don't think you can fix the lens, which is why so many people will warn you to use a filter or (at least) a lens hood for protection. I 'think' you can get the lens insured for a bit, but if you keep going to them with scratched up lenses, you could end up being in their black list

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Old Jul 26, 2005, 11:13 AM   #3
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You can always look at a lens repair company, but it's usually very expensive, so unless it's an expensive L lens or something, it's not worth it. Here's a company that I've heard does good work, but I have no first-hand experience with them.

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Old Aug 1, 2005, 1:30 AM   #4
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I wouldn't worry too much about a small scratch near the edge of your lens at all, in fact I wouldn't worry about one near the middle of your lens either. Damage to the outer element of a lens has the least effect on the image. I had an 80-200 f/2.8L for a while that had a huge, I mean huge scratch, more like a hack or small canyon in the outer 1/3 of the outer element. I never saw it show up in a frame taken with that lens. The pictures I took with that lens are still some of my favorites as far as image quality is concerned. Some say to take a Sharpie and black out the scratch to decrease the chances of flare from the extra surfaces for light to reflect on. As far as filters go, I see no reason to put a lesser quality piece of glass in front of a lens, all of my lenses are "naked", unless I have a specific reason for a filter(polarizer, ND).
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