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10-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Pentax FA 80-200/2.8 Repair and Spare Parts?

I purchased a FA 80-200/2.8 from a forum member recently fully knowing that the front element was scratched:



I know from various posts that the scratch will probably not affect IQ much, but I thought the lens is worth repairing, so I contacted C R Kennedy (Australian Pentax distributor). They warned me that they may not have parts, and sent it to Japan. They just replied:

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Unfortunately there are no parts for the 80-200. It is being returned unrepaired.
Even Eric said he won't touch it saying he has no parts. CRIS in the US also said the same thing.

Any ideas on who else may have the parts for this? FYI I'm based in Sydney, Australia, but obviously I am happy to send this overseas.

Thanks in advance.

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Probably the best you can hope for is finding another lens that is damaged in some other way that happens to have a perfect front element.
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Probably the best you can hope for is finding another lens that is damaged in some other way that happens to have a perfect front element.
This lens is rare as it is - I have to get terribly lucky for this to happen...
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Sent you a PM with contact details of a shop in Queensland who has been doing my lens refurbishments and repairs.

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Thanks mate. Yeah, unfortunately I had already contacted that shop in Qld and he sources parts from CRK himself, so no luck there
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I remember the ad thinking how can a physical defect not affect IQ. It's close to being an expensive doorstop/paperweight

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Google "Lensrentals broken front element".
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Maybe try fixing the scratch. If you use acrylic floor polish (Future in the USA, called something different everywhere), you can fill in the scratches and polish with a cotton cloth. Drip it in with a toothpick, go slow. I'd bet you can get it 90% there this way. If it fails, window cleaner will remove the polish, so you are out nothing to try.

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QuoteOriginally posted by iht Quote
I know from various posts that the scratch will probably not affect IQ much, but I thought the lens is worth repairing
Try filling the scratch with matte black paint.

The T-value may drop by a decimal point or two, but the IQ should be fine.

Compare Scratch on Lens - Photo.net Canon EOS Forum
- scroll down to the Dec 07, 2006; 11:44 a.m. post
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Thanks for the various DIY suggestions - I had read about them before, and I may try them as a last resort.

However, I would rather have the lens fixed if at all possible. It's just not a good look.

Does anyone know where parts (front element) can be found? Thanks.
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I suggest that you peruse other international Pentax forums and see if anyone has a damaged lens. What will you do if all the lenses you find have scratched FE's?
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I suggest that you peruse other international Pentax forums and see if anyone has a damaged lens.
Thanks for the suggestion.

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What will you do if all the lenses you find have scratched FE's?
What do you mean?
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If other specimens have similar front ends. This could become quite expensive. There's the funny Chinese guy who does YouTube videos(I think it's DigitalRev)that's based in Hong Kong. If there are vendors that can fix long dead Sony Walkmen, I'm sure there should be a damaged lens somewhere. I bet the search could be made into a video.
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A friend of mine made his own telescope. There are a wide selection of generic lenses available.
So theorethically you could find a glass element with the same optical specs, you would have to cut it to fit (if d>FE) and you would have a non-SMC front elemented FA*80-200.
There is a guy in Finland who makes elements according to specs. I assume there are others on your side of the globe.

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However, I would rather have the lens fixed if at all possible. It's just not a good look.
Of course, your decision as to what "fixed" means will depend on what you expect from the lens.
If you just consider the lens as a photographic tool, then matte black in the scratch should fix it.
But if you are thinking of the lens as a collector's item, then a functional repair won't help.
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