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12-17-2008, 08:13 PM   #16
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I appreciate everyone's comments and advice.
I've decided just to send this lens back to the seller.
It will need to be dismantled to accurately determine what the inclusion is, and I don't want to have it taken apart for fear of doing something that would prohibit me from being able to return it should the prognosis be dire.

Since I already have another fast 50mm (FA 1.4) and I still needed a fix for my LBA before I could go to bed tonight, I just ordered a Sigma 30mm f1.4.
I figure this one will get more use anyway, as it's pretty close to being a true "standard" for a digital body.

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