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Phill D
1st June 2013, 07:10 AM
Just looked at my 14-150 Leica and saw some dust inside - absolutely gutted as it's become as cherished as a well cared for pet. Haven't noticed anything in the images at all so my question, should I send it off to be cleaned (and to where and how much) or not? Is it better to live with the dust or run the risk of damage getting it cleaned. Image of dust attached. It seems to be mainly behind the outer glass element.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P6014583.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61064)

David Morison
1st June 2013, 08:37 AM
Mine is the same but doesn't concern me. As it has such a long extension when zooming this is inevitable I'm afraid, it isn't a dust/moisture proof lens which is a great pity and at the price it should have been - shame on Panasonic.

David

Phill D
1st June 2013, 10:40 AM
Thanks for the info David. Yes like you I'm inclined to live with it as it doesn't seem to show up at all in images. A waterproof version would have been awesome I agree.

David M
1st June 2013, 12:48 PM
There'd have to be a huge amount of dust inside for it to affect image quality.

Jim Ford
1st June 2013, 02:08 PM
Thanks for the info David. Yes like you I'm inclined to live with it as it doesn't seem to show up at all in images. A waterproof version would have been awesome I agree.

I would think that it wouldn't show on any images - the dust will be out of focus and only scatter light, reducing contrast.

It doesn't look nice, but I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Jim

StephenL
1st June 2013, 06:33 PM
That's the danger of unsealed zoom lenses. But so little dust simply won't show.