So I got a slamming deal on an 85mm 1.8 bundled with a 50D, but there's just one catch: the internals of the lens are really dirty. I don't have a photo - the lens is at the shop until Monday.
There are multiple specs, probably 4 or 5. They range in size from 1mm^2 to pretty darn small, but very noticeable and to me, unnerving. The specs are peppered throughout the internals, so it's not just a matter of OOF crap in the front. I couldn't see any effect on photos, but to be honest, I just took it to the shop straight away.
The local shop quoted me $150 plus 9.5% tax to have it taken apart and cleaned. They said all the major stuff would come out, but couldn't guarantee it would be perfect.
I called a Canon authorized service center in Portland, OR and was quoted $80 sight-unseen, and no tax of course
Should I send it off? Clearly $80 is better than $160-something. Who knows what Canon would charge, probably a ton. Is it even worth it? I probably won't shoot with it - I use my 50mm 1.4 a lot more on my 30D (and now my 50D ). Sell it? I bet I could get $200 for it easy.
Advice, please. I'm sure you guys can come to a consensus