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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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Hi this is my first post. So, an issue I've been having with my HMC150. I had to finally clean my lenses for the first time after shooting a documentary at a blues festival. Like a fool I tried to stick my camera right overhanging a giant crawfish boiler, you know, for "total coverage?" Right away my lens steamed up (not fogged - steamed)

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I bought "Giottos Professional Multi Optical Cleansing Solution" with the Giottos cleaning kit. I used the micro fiber cloth and even watched 4 or 5 youtubes of guys cleaning lenses differently. Anyway I got all the residue off my lens, but there are these spots that wont go away.

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Any idea why I can't get these spots off or how it can be fixed?
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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I have the uncomfortable feeling the "spots" may be permanent damage to the lens coating, rather than foreign material on the lens....I've seen it happen.... :(
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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I'm with Battle on this one. Take it to a shop and I suspect they will confirm that lens is done.
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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I'm in agreement. I have a WA attachment lens for my Sonys that has a "spot" that rears it's ugly head in certain lighting conditions and it's always right in a critical position of the shot. I think it got steamed some years ago but frankly I can't say for sure.
Lenses are delicate things and any number of things can eat them up. Take it to a shop for a professional look see but I don't think you're going to like what you hear. BTW, I clean my glass before every job. Using proper tools you can't hurt it.
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 03:58 PM   #5
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Crap, I was afraid of something like that. Thank you all for your replies. Luckily it doesn't noticeably affect the image. I just finished a gig last night, recording a live show and I didn't notice anything while monitoring.

Hopefully I can get to a shop soon and have them check it out. I'll post their diagnosis/price/etc.
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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Hopefully I can get to a shop soon and have them check it out. I'll post their diagnosis/price/etc.
I guess the spots are inside the lens rather than on the outside surface. I would suggest shooting some careful test video before having the camera serviced. It would be interesting to hear what a shop recommends.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #7
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Might also be a fungal growth of some sort. Will be interesting to see what the shop has to say.

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Old December 6th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #8
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To be honest I never took it into a shop. It was one of those things where I knew what he was gonna say - either "get a new lens" or "deal with it." I wish I wasn't so lazy and I could fulfill this thread, but this will be a reminder to me that I have spots on my lens. It's weird cause I just don't notice it. I've been filming my newborn son every week and I can't tell at all that they're there, like not even editing - nothing. So, mystery spots then.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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Might even have been some sort of non-water residue that simply took much longer to evaporate away.

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Old December 7th, 2012, 03:50 PM   #10
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Years ago a Nat Geo photographer told me, 'all lens need to see daylight for a few hours once a month.'

Try placing the lens on a window ledge facing the warm sun for a few days.

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Old December 7th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #12
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would that same thing happen if the lens had a protective filter on it? (maybe it did have one on, not sure.) anyway i'm curious as to whether a filter would've protected the lens from steam.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #13
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You may find it is quite affordable to have the front element of the lens replaced. But try an independent service center before Panasonic direct. I've done this with Canon dSLR lenses.

Meanwhile, yes its surprising how much gunge you can have on the front element before it actually shows :- ) Steam or condensation however quickly reduces the contrast.

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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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Perhaps the heat from the boiler has affected the coating on your lens, or some of the steam/fog entered the inside of the lens, and dried there as a spot? I had something similar happen to me, and it was definitely on the inside of the lens. Couldn't tell when zoomed out, and wide open iris, but during bright, sunny days, it reared its ugly spot.
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