Does anyone know if a scratched lens can be repaired. My daughter scratched one of her favorite lenses and was wondering if the glass could be repaired or replaced.
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It depends on the manufacturer and the value of the lens. I know I've had Canon replace the lens on one of my larger lenses which had gotten scratched. It really comes down to the cost to replace as opposed the cost to replace the scratched lens in relation to the whole camera lens.6 August 2014
Hi Linda..! I hate when that happens!! Also - is the glass itself scratched, or just the coating? Anyway - if it's the glass, it's probably best just to "leave it". the only downside is that the images may have some unexpected flare in the image (if the sun is in the picture, or street-lights, or...) A scratch - while a constant reminder of an "OOOPSS - DAMMIT" moment isn't typically a tremendous problem except under very specific conditions (flare, very high f/stop, macro-photography, etc.)..21 July 2014
Anyway - if it's an expensive lens - yes - it can be fixed by the manufacturer (or a third party, if it's a consumer class lens), but the "fix" is typically more expensive then the lens (the cost of either the front or rear element + the cost of the repair)..
BTW - if she is worried about the strange flare under certain conditions - it can be minimized with the use of a CPL..
So - I'd say leave it for now - at least that's my humble opinion....
BTW - what is the lens?