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Haha, yes I probably sound quite petty and silly to worry about such a thing, I once remember reading about someone who bought an old lens which had some quite innocuous looking marks near the edge of one element and then in time it got worse and worse and it was the glue holding the elements together or something like that failing so I suppose I am a bit worried before handing over plenty of money. Is it a stupid question, maybe I misunderstand a joke, to ask if such lenses can be taken apart and cleaned etc? I have read that haze etc sometimes can be cleaned by someone who knows what they're doing?
I never used old lenses until I clicked on this thread! I love 35mm 1.4 lenses and have tried the Nikon and Canon versions and the new Z* Zeiss ones... when I saw the photos here I instantly knew I had to get one though, it is the only small format lens I have seen that really gets close to the medium format look that I have found, so I find myself suddenly switching from only ever using the latest gear to old ones and I am very uncertain about it!
I have now been able to try out a few of these lovely old Zeiss 35 lenses and have to report that they are not all the same, I guess because of the age and maybe some have been disassembled or damaged by now, a couple I have seen, both Contax AEG ones, lacked the bite of sharpness when things were further away at f1,4, they behaved at f/1,4 rather like the new Z* 35 1,4 does, almost like they were less corrected with contrast and sharpness not as good as the AEG one I have. Having said that unless you tested them side by side as I did you would probably never notice. I guess such lenses are getting old now.
So I am excited at having found such a sharp copy of the Rollei one, I think I am strange and like the triangular bokeh.