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    Len haze

    How much lens haze is to much. Ive been offer a nice deal on a 14inch Kodak Commercial Ektar in shutter which has some haze of the front element which with a simple clean did not clear.
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    Re: Len haze

    IMHO, the least bit of haze is bad for your images. If you can buy the lens cheaply enough to have it professionally cleaned... plus some financial cushion for damage beyond repairability (insurance)... then go for it.

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    Re: Len haze

    Not sure if this shows it, maybe coating?
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    Cheers Shane

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    Re: Len haze

    In most cases you will not notice haze (even severe cases), even when you scrutinize your negatives.
    In some cases, it might cause flare/blow out and or blur under certain lighting conditions. Use a lens shade and do not worry about it.

    There is no "el cheapo" lens worth professionally cleaning.

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    Re: Len haze

    Quote Originally Posted by SMBooth View Post
    Not sure if this shows it, maybe coating?
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    Most def coating failure - nothing to worry about in most cases, and - same advice as above applies - use a lens shade, and be happy photographing!

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    Re: Len haze

    Pre WWII coatings were so fragile that wiping them gently could remove the coating.

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    Re: Len haze

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    Pre WWII coatings were so fragile that wiping them gently could remove the coating.
    Most if not all commercial coating of lenses was done post WWII.

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    Re: Len haze

    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Pacilla View Post
    Most if not all commercial coating of lenses was done post WWII.
    It's "most" ; the lens shown was made in 1941.

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    Re: Len haze

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Agreed, but the lens shown was made in 1941.
    Yep, That's my point. 1st off the Ektar is not a "Commercial Ektar" but the previous "Eastman Ektar"This was manufactured Prior to commercial use of Lumenized lens coating which Had not been invented or used in production as of yet.

    Probably light scratches on the surface glass or possibly a post production (after market) coating added after WWII that has been scratched by faulty cleaning .

    btw- I guess it could have been one of the 1st to receive Lumenized coating I guess but seems a bit to early.It could have been manufactured for our military and a test of lumenized coating.

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    Re: Len haze

    What exactly is lens haze?
    Why is it so difficult to print?

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