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Thanks for all the good wishes on my near and dear.
My Nikon 15mm 3,5 ais is back from Nikon. Some of you may remember the repair saga, started in June, ended today. Went back three times. The lens was bought in new condition from Florida a long time ago for $500 or $600. Unknown to me it had a poor fungus repair that was not visible under normal light. The lens worked but it was nothing to write home about, far preferred to use the 15mm 5.6 to the 3.5.
Finally decided to send to Nikon, they cleaned it for $400 and sent it back working well, but I could still see some haze in one element, sent it back and they told me no parts were available and that the lens was working fine. Found out from customer service that they did have parts for these 15mm 3.5 lenses, so I had a return approved after some jostling. The third time it took 6 weeks waiting for parts and came back looking truly clean and transparent. Tested with flash and it is looking good. Will know this weekend if it is better than before. Now I have a new looking 15mm 3.5 that cost me $1,000 including the repair.
Here is the lens before and after the final repair. 5.6 on left, 3.5 on right
Nikons 15mm Vert by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikkor 15mm 3.5 needs further cleaning by Rafael CA, on Flickr
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.4 ais after third nikon service by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Sample at f8 on D800
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais after third nikon service 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Crop of the sample
nikon nikkor 15mm 3.5 ais after third nikon service crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Looking forward to the weekend!