Jeffery Smith wrote:
I rarely even consider buying a lens if there are issues of fungus, cleaning marks, or separation. I have had Van Stelten clean half a dozens lenses for me, and some involved polishing, recoating, separating, and cementing. When this happens, we can pretty much toss them out of the running due to other possible influences.
Regarding older lenses (including my Cord's Xenar), after 5 decades, isn't the lens performance a taphonomic issue (i.e. dependent on individual preservation?)
So I guess the question should be "Is a new 80/2.8 Planar better than a new 80/2.8 Xenotar?". :-)
You'll be hearing from Jerry shortly ;-)
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