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  2. Just had a better look in full daylight, and it must have been put front down on a surface, presumably with beer, or tea, on it. This is only a guess, as it formed a milky, tenacious, coating. It responded to the lens cleaning fluid, but it was mainly my vigorous finger nail scraping, that removed. Some of it, at the middle area of the element, looked as if it had already been semi cleaned, or wiped off, whilst still wet. This gave me a start to removing the rest. As you say MarcoDebiasi, it is entirely possible, that it entered the lens, as it was also on the rim, and surrounding area. My other suspect is milky tea. I have been known to spill tea on my desk area, simply by overfilling cups, and making a spill, when I put it down. This seems quite likely as tea+milk would leave a similar residue (I assume). Hard to believe, I've done either, but I must have. Just took a jpeg of a piece of plain cloth, with the 16mm, at f16, I can't see anything on it that shouldn't be there, I normally use a similar method, to see if I have dust on my sensor. I used cloth so that I can see the weave, all the fine detail is there, and no blemishes at all, so I think I've been lucky, also the 16mm is a WR lens, so maybe that prevented ingress. Just now gave it another polish, with the carbon pad end of a lensmate pen, and it looks ok, shiny and clear. I'm leaning toward the tea theory, I often put lenses on my desk, when sorting through which ones to take with me. Perhaps, I've put it down in spilt tea. noticed, moved it quickly, and thought no more about it. Thanks for your response, Marco :-)
  3. Yes, it is strange, it wasn't a uniform coating, it looked like it had already sarted to flake off Sort of rough, milky coating. no misty environments I've had a good look at iy this morning, and I seem to have got rid of it. Time will tell. I'll take some shots with it later :-)
  4. Hi Christopher. I thought I had most of it off, but saw some with a different light. Something similar on the rim of the lens. I need to get that overpriced hood :-) I have had to give the front element plenty of serious finger pressure, and a fair amount of it, easily 30 minutes to sort of scrape this stuff off the front element. So I hope that hasn't done anything to the actual lens coating. I seem to recall, the delightful, Angry Photographer, ranting about how useless protective filters were (unless you pay a fortune), as they did nothing to protect the lens, in the unlikely event of some kind of small point impact. The reason he gave for this was that a front element is extremely sturdy, and a cheap piece of glass (ie non B&W filter) was unlikely to be useful in some instances, and might affect IQ. He also said that coatings were put on by some misting, and baking process. Virtually part of the glass. If that is the case, my front element should be ok. I'll be able to see it better in daylight, to see if is completely clean, also, have some pics to take tomorrow, and I can use the 16, and see if it still make a good picture. Still can't figure out how it got there, seems likely if someone spilt a drink, but I don't drink, am usually very careful on those kind of shoots, in my local with a good band, or solo artist on. I shoot a load of both B&W, and Colour (+RAW), of the band, and also I do sort of indoor street portraits, and candids. On those easy nights, I only take the 56mm and the, up until recently, only other fast prime, the 23mm 1.4. I only got the 16mm, a couple of months ago, but It's okay for that stuff you can isolate one particular player, on a side shot of a pop group ;-) Also, I keep one lens on the camera, and the other in a neoprene bag with a dog closer through my jeans belt loop. I've just checked and it's not wet now. Thanks for your response :-)
  5. Hi all, Just been out on my first real shoot, since getting my X-Pro 2 back, from repair, It was shooting a theatrical production, in rehearsal. So, knowing the venue, I only took three lenses -16mm F1.4, 23mm f 1.4, 56mm f1.2. Shock horror! - 16mm lens front element covered in what looked like a shabby coating, that was flaking off! I've just got home, and immediately tried to clean the front element. I've used a lens cleaning fluid (supplied with spectacles), and a brand new, lint free cloth (also from spec's). It seemed really stuck on front of lens, I've applied lens spray a few times, and with much polishing, using my, fingernail, through the cloth. This has taken over half an hour, and now the front element, seems free of the stuff, another clues is that there was some staining, on the lens, edges, and surrounding the front element. So, I'm thinking it's a fluid, such as beer (last shoot was in a pub), and that it has coated the front of my lens. It has required strenuous cleaning, use of fingernail, as a scraper. through cloth. My lens now looks clean, and blemish free. Have I just removed a coating, or some gunk?
  6. Oh yes, and gaffer tape, should it rain :-) Oh yes, I'm really wanting to, gaffer tape will certainly do for now. I'm beginning to doubt that the eyepiece cap is very important, it looks just like any other, and a little plastic cap, wouldn't necessarily, keep water out, but that is not important, really. Cheers, Marco
  7. Hello Christopher, and veejaycee I just thought I'd give you some feedback, regarding Fuji UK, and my return. As you know, I lost my PCSynch Cap, whilst attaching a generic grip, plus L bracket. A few days later, I noticed, that the rubber eyepiece, had also gone missing. As you know, whilst this an unacknowledged fault/quality control problem it is accepted for a free repair, in the UK So, I sent it off, in the free Fuji packaging provided, and received it back, in 4 working days(Thursday, until Tuesday), so I think Fuji UK is first rate, in that respect, Though I can't tell, they have apparently replaced the whole eyepiece unit. The reason they do not ship out parts, to self fit, is because, the eyepiece rubber, "is like a jigsaw", and easy to fit wrongly, put glue in wrong place etc. Fair enough, unfortunately, they forgot to replace the PC Synch Cover, so I had to phone Fuji back, once again. Luckily, I spoke to the same guy, as I had originally spoken to, and he remembered me, and was sympathetic, etc, However, it is apparent that , either this is indeed extremely rare, or they just don't have spares of the PC Synch Cover, so after a slight attempt, at suggesting gaffer tape, He agreed to send me "at least a couple of spares of the cap", which "just pushes in", but might take him some time to get hold of. Well. He said they will come eventually :-) This got me thinking, the lost eyepiece, could be a quality control problem, hence rare, hence maybe easier to obtain the whole unit, for replacement, than just the rubber. It also seems likely, that it could be a problem if you self repair incorrectly. So maybe the cap is a similar problem, or at least very rare, or perhaps he is going to obtain them, from un-fixable cameras, that are just scrap, or, he might have to get them from Fuji Japan. Do not know. That's speculation, it also occurs to me that this is good info, for anyone who this happens to, so should be remembered for the future. In case it happens to one of our members. I got accused of being an idiot, lying, being simple minded, and making all this up, on an FB Fuji page I use occasionally! Cheers folks, John Williams
  8. Oh, yes I agree, Vic, and I am fortunate that they Fuji UK) are so on the ball, the guy semi-admitted that this is becoming a problem, but their thorough approach, should ensure it doesn't happen again. Also, I could be a professional, who would be losing lots of money, if he had to drop a job, or even a wedding photographer. But then, I imagine, most top pros, have at least two bodies, and even wedding photographers, would just go out and hire one. Also, I had a big Canon outfit, before I went over To Fuji, and dealing with their support was far less smooth than this. So, I count my blessings :-) Cheers, John
  9. Just spoke to Fuji UK Repair, regarding my lost PC Sync Cap, and Rubber Eyepiece. As suggested by other UK Fuji users, they want the whole camera back. I said that I'd read on numerous forums, that eg, FUJI US, send out the parts, which can be user replaced. That seemed to annoy him, and he said something about "we make sure the replacement is done properly, so people don't do further damage" I explained that I had 2 crucial photoshoots this weekend (lie), but he suggested I contacted Jessop's for a loan, or "borrow one of your mates cameras" Great eh? Anyway, he's sending out a return package, and said they aim for a 4 or 5 day turn around. Hey Ho
  10. Now I've lost my eyepiece, and Fuji don't seem to have those either. Have to say, this is pretty poor for a supposedly "pro" camera. Does anyone have any idea, where to get a spare eyepiece?
  11. I just took a closer look at the PC Sync cap, and the other covers that you've shown. It's impossible to tell how big it is, especially as we seem to be looking at the outside of the cap. It needs to have a fairly narrow plastic tube, to push in the gap, if it's going to fit, but we can't see that side. This is really frustrating, they absolutely must have spares, it would be impossible to exactly estimate how many caps you need. I might start bombarding Ted Viera with mails saying "hi man, it would be really cool, if you could speak to Fuji for us, man" etc :-)
  12. Well. I had begun to think they were unavailable, after numerous searches, on Fuji websites, and on various forums. I read in three places that some Nikon caps would fit, but after extensive searches of numerous Nikon sites, I can't see any that look small enough to fit the X-Pro 2. So, I've emailed Fuji's support team, asking them to advise me what to do. It must totally negate any chance of the WR saving the day, in a heavy shower. Also, I doubt Fuji themselves make these caps, they'll be supplied by some plastics factory, so they could easily order a few more than needed, to provide support to their loyal customer's On the other thread, regarding these type thumb grips, with L plates. I got the impression that these accessories are quite popular, so, if the bracket pushes the cap out every time, there will be a lot of people without a cap. So, I'd suggest you email Fuji, as I have. As I say, all they need to do is order an extra thousand, on a projected production batch. and then offer them on their spares page, for a couple of quid, which is probably a 99% profit margin, and they would show, once again, that they are an honourable company, which supports it's products etc
  13. Christopher, I purchased a hand grip with an L bracket. When attaching it to the camera, the bracket knocked the pc cap off. I didn't notice at the time, and it was lost. Elsewhere I read that Ebay had caps for a Nikon camera, that would fit. I am not one of these, "it's just a tool, it's supposed to have a few dings" types.I want my beautiful camera, to remain beautiful, so not only is it compromising the WR, but it should have a cap! I want a cap! I waited for weeks, for two caps, and they are both too big. Are these caps obtainable? Please say they are. :-) I also posted about this issue on the L Shaped bracket thread, but that's an old thread, so I don't suppose anyone will see my post, but they will know to disassemble the bracket, or take care when first attaching it. Cheers, John