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    Hey people,

    I recently purchased this rodagon 300mm lens for my DeVere 5108 enlarger off eBay. It was advertised as "clean and clear" but has fungus all over it and some scratches. I of course raised a complaint about this, and have been offered a partial refund for the cost of getting the lens cleaned. However, I'm wondering if the lens is even salvageable. I'm hoping it can be, because it came with a lens board I needed, but if it isn't, the money I spent isn't worth it for just the lens board. Can any of you tell by looking at the photos if the damage is repairable?

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    Thanks,
    Ethan

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    Why bother I’d send it back and get a 240!

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan View Post
    Hey people,

    I recently purchased this rodagon 300mm lens for my DeVere 5108 enlarger off eBay. It was advertised as "clean and clear" but has fungus all over it and some scratches. I of course raised a complaint about this, and have been offered a partial refund for the cost of getting the lens cleaned. However, I'm wondering if the lens is even salvageable. I'm hoping it can be, because it came with a lens board I needed, but if it isn't, the money I spent isn't worth it for just the lens board. Can any of you tell by looking at the photos if the damage is repairable?

    Thanks,
    Ethan
    The scratches are permanent: nothing to do to fix those. The fungus is probably removable, if you know how to disassemble the lens. Would I pay someone to service the lens? No. I'd find out how to disassemble it myself and clean the interior surfaces, and then re-evaluate its condition.

    I see various versions of the 300mm Rodagon enlarger lens listed for prices ranging from $200 to $2500. I'm guessing you paid closer to the $200 mark for it. If I had bought this, I would clean it and then test it before deciding if its a keeper or not. If you can clean the fungus and inner surfaces, then its entirely possible the scratches won't matter much.

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    send it back!

    that much fungus has probably already etched the coating n glass.

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    How much did you pay after the refund? If it was like $100, I'd keep it and clean it. It will work fine likely.
    I had enlarging lens cleaning day a while back. When you hold lenses up to the light, it can look pretty bad, even when the lens performs adequately.
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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    These are all post cleaning. I was using the two bad ones for test prints, but I could not see any difference between the prints made with those and the newer lenses.
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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    Attachment 208916
    Sometimes best not to look at them with a rear shining light:

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    Instead of a Rodagon, why not a Componon S or APO process lens?


    Bernice

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    This lens did not come to you as advertised...quit while you can - and send it back! If you take it apart to clean it, and if this does not result in appreciable improvement, there is a chance that the original owner (especially if the lens' actual condition was known to them) might then refuse to take it back...claiming that you'd "ruined it" by your attempted cleaning.

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    Re: Can this lens be salvaged?

    I'd send it back. Life is too short and materials are too expensive to jerk around with a lens you will always have doubts about. You'll end up replacing it anyway and that will cost you double.

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