Nikon 600mm f4 ED IF AiS 'New' design ser #20xxxx

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G Beckmann New Member • Posts: 24
Nikon 600mm f4 ED IF AiS 'New' design ser #20xxxx

I have a wonderful 600mm f4 ED IF AiS manual focus that I unfortunately only get a chance to use now and then - bought used nearly nine years ago for a trip to Alaska. I keep it in its trunk case and we are a non-smoking family. ( and I also have a modified Teleconverter 1.4 AF I use with it to help me get focus)

I want to have it 'cleaned' - not that there are any significant 'issues' , just that I feel the images can be sharper/clearer - becase I myself just got a new pair of glasses, and I can not believe how clear crisp and sharp the world is with the new lenese as compare to the old pair - so I am assuming that if the 600 f4 was 'cleaned up' the world would look clear crisper and sharper in my photos taken with D3, D800, D300 D2h, and other bodies - I even use an adapter with Nikon J1 mirrorless with great success. And maybe my photos could 'pop"!

I purchased recently Original Nikon Repair manuals for the 600 f4 ED IF AiS early model and 600 f5.6 AiS models; however, I found that the 600 f4 Repair Manual did not include/cover the 'new' design - 1986-1992 becasue the copyright of the manual was 1982! Not an issue I thought when I bought them.

Having received and reviewed the Repair Manuals, I also believe there are enough differences between my lens Ser #2010xx and the manual(s) I have, that I would be ill advised to try a DIY approach to this task without the actual manual ( and maybe not even then since a lot of spanners, etc. seem to be required) - appreciate any suggestions - advice - and shared experience from others on how to proceed ( ora maybe leave well enough alone), or suggest who to have do the service and roughly what it should run.

Contacted Nikon Melville NY; however, they said lens was 'not in their computer' as far as a cleaning.

There is no fungus or physical damage beyond a very very slight surface scratch < 1 cm on front optical surface - there just seems to be what I would describe as internal optical element 'haze' observed when I shine a laser pointer or bright LED pointer from rear and look from front off optical axis center.

Thank you much - I am located upstate NY outside of Albany Capital Region..

First time poster on forum, enjoy reading postings - Thank you...

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