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    Balsam Separation on Used Lens

    I have found a lens that I'd like to purchase but I'm looking for somebody who might know a little more based on a photo.

    It's a Fujinon SWD series lens and it is said to be in good condition other than balsam separation. I was told to reference this specific photo. I have looked up different lenses with this condition and this doesn't look bad.

    Please let me know how you think it would perform and where I might see problems.

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    I'm armed with a Wisner 4x5 Technical Field and a lot of hope. I got this. Oh, and my name's Andrew.

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    Re: Balsam Separation on Used Lens

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    Re: Balsam Separation on Used Lens

    Is that separation or just the paint lifting a la schneideritis? I would guess from the vintage this one will be well into UV cured resin era.
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    Re: Balsam Separation on Used Lens

    I would pass on that lens. It is overpriced even if you only keep the shutter.
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    Re: Balsam Separation on Used Lens

    Overpriced? Did you find it online? It's just over $200 but basically, I'm looking for a lens wider than 90mm on 4x5 that's good for $200 or less.
    I'm armed with a Wisner 4x5 Technical Field and a lot of hope. I got this. Oh, and my name's Andrew.

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    Re: Balsam Separation on Used Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by alavergh View Post
    Overpriced? Did you find it online? It's just over $200 but basically, I'm looking for a lens wider than 90mm on 4x5 that's good for $200 or less.
    Yes, I found it listed on the 'bay. He has a cleaner one listed, too, but not for $200 or less.

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    Re: Balsam Separation on Used Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by alavergh View Post
    I have found a lens that I'd like to purchase but I'm looking for somebody who might know a little more based on a photo.

    It's a Fujinon SWD series lens and it is said to be in good condition other than balsam separation. I was told to reference this specific photo. I have looked up different lenses with this condition and this doesn't look bad.

    Please let me know how you think it would perform and where I might see problems.

    Thanks!
    It will perform fine, you would not notice any difference between this and a perfect one. It would affect the resale/value, as you've seen, only. Here is yet another test, on small format even, with a guy using severely damaged lenses: http://kurtmunger.com/dirty_lens_articleid35.html

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