On Sun, 22 Aug 1999, Garth Wood wrote:
> 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. :-/
Fungus in Alberta? I didn't think it would survive the winter :-)
> 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 glass...)
Within Canada there are a few places sanctioned by Olympus (Carsen). You
can find them at the following link (including one in Calgary and one in
I've only ever used Nortown in Mississauga, and that was a long time ago.
They did an ok job but their turnaround time is long. Good luck with the
repair. Be sure to price a new front element since it may not be as
expensive as you may think (< $100CDN ?).
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