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I need cleaning instructions to remove dust from the inside of my Panasonic Lumix DCM-ZS10 Leica lens

I can see a black spot in each of my photos which I am 99.9% certain is from a particle inside the lens. I have inspected the external lens surface with a loupe. I'm wondering if someone already has tackled this and created a walkthrough. Panasonic wants $182 to do it.

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You are going down a dark alley here, these lens are specially coated very high quality optics and very easy to damage if not handled properly. You are taking a big risk with a high dollar item. I would think twice.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

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    salmonammon Jan 25, 2013

    True, but my options are slim. Either fix it myself, or pay $182, which is nearly what I paid for the camera. I guess I could sell it as is, and then buy a new one....?

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