[OM] The Dreaded Fungi (and I *don't* mean "fun guy")

Subject: [OM] The Dreaded Fungi (and I *don't* mean "fun guy")
From: Garth Wood <garth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 16:17:20 -0600
Well, close inspection of my beloved 100mm F/2.0 Zuiko has revealed a fine 
ghostly white spiderweb tracery on the inside of the front lens element, which 
looks suspiciously like fungus.  Damn and Blast It All, Anyways.  :-/

Anybody recommend a good place to send this baby to for a total cleaning?  
Please keep in mind that I live in Canada, and while I don't have any real 
problems with sending it across a national border, relative speed and a fine 
job are uppermost in my mind.  A local friend recommended that (a) I keep it 
far, far away from the tender mercies of W. Carsen Co. Ltd. in Don Mills, 
Ontario (the Canadian importer of Olympus), since their service and speed was 
less than stellar, and (b) that I try Olympus America (who might be able to 
replace the front element if the fungus has progressed far enough to "etch" the 

All comments appreciated, including wild-ass guesstimates on price for either a 
cleaning or a front element replacement.

Garth (bereaved over his loss...)

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