My 80-200 could probably use a cleaning. There is a fair amount of dust and particle build up that gets me to thinking a cleaning is in order. Wondering what damage it would be on my wallet. This work would be done in Canada so U.S cost wouldn't be much help. Also, with the prospect of upgrading would it even be worth it to get it cleaned. I do realize dust is usually present in lenses to some degree and it usually doesn't mess with the picture. I really haven't had anything to complain about with the results. But being a picky one for quality, clean glass is clean glass!
#1. "RE: Cost of getting lens cleaned" | In response to Reply # 0Merlin Basic MemberWed 10-Jan-01 06:18 AM
I fear you might be chasing the proverbial rainbow! I just shone a penlight through a selection of Nikkor lenses, and all of them - manual AIs - have small amounts of dust particles inside. This doesn't degrade the image quality one iota. I did a test once many years ago, gently adding dust to the front element of an Olympus Zuiko 50mm f-1.4 lens, and it took an amazing amount of dust to make a visible difference. However, just ONE sticky fingerprint was enough to blow the quality out of the water!
My advice? Save your money!