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#1 Miguel Bunster

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 11:48 AM

Hi,
I was trying to find out where if at all, if a HVX200 front element can be replaced and not the whole lens or camera?
It has a minor scratch but would love to find if its possible to replace that piece of the lens?
any ideas?
thanks
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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 01:02 PM

Minor scratches can be buffed out, depending on depth of gouge. That is a lot cheaper than replacing lens, which may not be possible. I have never heard of anyone doing it. Contacting Panasonic directly may be the smartest idea.
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#3 Miguel Bunster

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:52 PM

BUffed out? what you mean?
where could i do that?
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#4 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 10:45 PM

BUffed out? what you mean?
where could i do that?
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Polishing it off. Refinishing the surface of the lens with special tools. I don't know if you should attempt to, but a lens technician may have the tools to do a good job, depending how deep the scratch is.
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#5 Miguel Bunster

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:34 AM

got it.
Any recommended place?
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#6 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:41 AM

got it.
Any recommended place?
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Well, it depends where you are . . .
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#7 Miguel Bunster

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:38 PM

You got a point there..
In la?
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#8 John Sprung

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 05:53 PM

Hi,
I was trying to find out where if at all, if a HVX200 front element can be replaced and not the whole lens or camera?
It has a minor scratch but would love to find if its possible to replace that piece of the lens?
any ideas?
thanks
M

Messing with that front element would be very expensive. The smaller the chips, the more precise everything has to be. Given that it's a minor scratch and the pictures still come out OK, I'd fuggedaboutit. Trying to polish it out would change the shape of the surface in that area, which could be disastrous.

Keep a UV or Skylight filter or an optical flat on it from now on. That'll protect the front element, and put the scratch behind a layer of glass where it'll be harder to see.



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#9 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:48 PM

It also depends where the scratch is. The closest to the center the harder it is to deal with. If it is on some of the corners it may never show up.
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