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I recently took the back element off my Möller 32/2x to clean the fungus from the inside and outside. I realised outside surfaces have fine cleaning scratches and would like to find a lens polishing service that could just make it all go away... Does anyone know of such a service in Europe? I was quoted by one source £400 per surface! This included recoating but then again, do anamorphic lenses have a different coating than normal lenses? My previous version had amazing blue flares, will this affect the lens having a different coating? How will they know what type of coating goes to this model. I'm guessing it has just one coating, not multicoating.

Also, on replacing the back element, being anamorphic do elements front and back need to be 90 degrees to one another ie. back: ⊂⊃  front ? ? According to my kowa, they do. How to align properly, will it distort image if I'm off slightly?

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4 hours ago, liamlumiere said:

I recently took the back element off my Möller 32/2x to clean the fungus from the inside and outside. I realised outside surfaces have fine cleaning scratches and would like to find a lens polishing service that could just make it all go away... Does anyone know of such a service in Europe? I was quoted by one source £400 per surface! This included recoating but then again, do anamorphic lenses have a different coating than normal lenses? My previous version had amazing blue flares, will this affect the lens having a different coating? How will they know what type of coating goes to this model. I'm guessing it has just one coating, not multicoating.

Also, on replacing the back element, being anamorphic do elements front and back need to be 90 degrees to one another ie. back: ⊂⊃  front ? ? According to my kowa, they do. How to align properly, will it distort image if I'm off slightly?

Thanks

I recently searched for such a service. I couldn't find a single company that wanted to polish and recoat my anamorphic glass. Please share your results if you find a company willing to do it :)

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6 hours ago, liamlumiere said:

I recently took the back element off my Möller 32/2x to clean the fungus from the inside and outside. I realised outside surfaces have fine cleaning scratches and would like to find a lens polishing service that could just make it all go away... Does anyone know of such a service in Europe? I was quoted by one source £400 per surface! This included recoating but then again, do anamorphic lenses have a different coating than normal lenses? My previous version had amazing blue flares, will this affect the lens having a different coating? How will they know what type of coating goes to this model. I'm guessing it has just one coating, not multicoating.

Also, on replacing the back element, being anamorphic do elements front and back need to be 90 degrees to one another ie. back: ⊂⊃  front ? ? According to my kowa, they do. How to align properly, will it distort image if I'm off slightly?

Thanks

The coating on the Möller is special. I highly doubt anybody can match it unless they have the original "recipe" from when it was made. You might be able to find somebody who can do something similar, but I doubt there is anybody out there that specifically knows how to work with old anamorphic glass. I did a quick search here in Japan on Google and didn't really find anything, but I'll post an update if I do. Anybody who knows German should check the German sites too.

As for aligning the Möller, yes, you need to get the glass 90 degrees in the rear. If you remove the front glass too, be sure to align it properly with the focus marking line on the metal part of the lens. Get it as close as you can by eye, then remove the focus collar and align using the brass tabs on the barrel. Put the lens on rails and set it and your taking lens at infinity. Find a good focus spot, and align your lens. Start at something like f/2.8 or faster for a taking lens. Mine was aligned using a f/1.4 lens and it came out great.

It's not a fun or quick process, and if it's your first time, it'll take a bit to get right. But it's worth it in the end.

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