Well, I managed to accumulate some dust particles on the inside of my EFS 18-55mm lens (the 350d/Rebel kit lens). I thought I was being careful, but apparently not enough. When I shoot (particularly wide) with this lens I get an immense amount of artifacts on the finished shots. It seems as though lint or something like it found its way behind the outermost lens glass. I have no idea how to go about fixing this.
I brought it to my local camera shop (which has been very helpful in the past) and they recommend replacement. The lens is still under warranty, although I can't speak to the validity of this being a warranty claim.
So fellow forum members, I ask you what a suggested course of action may be. Should I replace the lens? Should I pursue having it disassembled and cleaned somewhere? Should I sue Canon for making a lens not completely moron proof, since I clearly found a way to muck it up? (completely kidding, for the sarcasm impaired).
I have come to realize that this lens is an entry level, general purpose lens and as such I am open to taking this opportunity to upgrade. However, if this lens is still salvageable, I do not wish to discard it.
Any thoughts on the subject would be appreciated. Thanks for reading!