Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/17

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Subject: [Leica] Re: scratched lens
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 12:32:31 EDT

oh for crying out loud -- this is way overkill.

If you got a good price that means the lens was not sold as "mint" and you 
did not buy it as "mint." So ease off and take a breath.

Two little scratches will not hurt the images a bit. Any defects you see in 
negs will be your imagination taking your fears and making them whole -- the 
mind WILL do that.

Relax. Ted Grant is right -- take pictures, enjoy them, forget the scratches. 
If you use the lens at all it will acquire a few more over the years, and you 
won't notice those either. I have a 35mm Summaron M with a fingerprint etched 
into the coating of the rear element and have never, ever, had a problem with 
the lovely images it has given me. I have other lenses with scratches of use 
over the years, and the images remain teriffic.

Why should you not worry? A little scratch such as you describe can't block 
any appreciable amount of light, and can't cause any appreciable amount of 
flair. So forget them.

charlie trentelman

In a message dated 6/17/1 7:08:52 AM, you wrote:

>If you get no satisfaction from the seller, file an eBay "Fraud" complaint.
>You are entitled to do so if the item you received is significantly
>different than the seller described it.  You can get up to $175 back.  I
>have had to do this to two sellers, and in both cases, I got my a refund of
>some kind.  The thing that you really need to do is find someone
>professional (someone with an official letterhead) who can write a letter
>detailing what the discrepancy is, and giving an estimate of what the value
>difference is.  I know it's a pain, but I found someone in who could do it
>for me.  If you can do that, you are assured of getting some money back.