Dust in lens, any easy fix?

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  1. Reece Man

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    Just bought a D700 and a 24-70mm. lens. The 24-70 isn't here yet but my roommate has an 80-200mm. lens that he wants to sell. I was inspecting it and discovered that there is a little bit of dust and a single fuzz right in the middle of the element (when I close the aperture down all the way, it's still in view). I cleaned the outside element with Eclipse2 and some swabs but it's obvious that it's all on the inside. Is there any easy fix for it? I think it's behind the first element because it's behind the diaphragm so it's not like it's in the middle of the whole lens. I love this lens and would love to buy it from him but if it's not easy enough to fix I'll seek elsewhere.

    Thank you for ANY help at all.
     
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    No need to fix it...it's not hurting the image quality at all. Seriously. Google "Ken Rockwell + The Flashlight Test", among other articles available on-line. Dust and flecks inside of a lens have almost no impact on lens performance. I know that might be difficult to believe, but it is true in my experience.
     
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    That's good to know. If it does become a problem though, is there anything that can be done?
     
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    Derrel is right. Dust & dirt on the lens elements will not show up in the images....but it does drive photographers nutty, none the less. :lol:

    Yes, it can be cleaned. The lens would need to be partially disassembled though, and that's not usually recommended for your average tinkerer. You could send it into a Nikon service center and have them do it though.
     
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    It is annoying haha but if I can't see it on my pictures then I won't sweat it.
     
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    For a good test get a light and shine it through your lens back, and just take a look at how much dust is really in there. The average high quality lens is absolutely filthy.

    Learn to ignore it. You'll live a longer, happier and wealthier life.
     
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    Bought the lens. Shoots great. It focused slow in my room but hopefully it'll work faster outside. I'm taking it out for a shoot today.
     
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    Yep, just blow it out. :)
     

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