That was another worry that I had, inspecting the center element there's no sign of infection.
But still, the spores are probably throughout the lens, especially with it being a lens that displaces air to zoom rather than being internal. >>3594570
I bought this on release a couple of years ago, it's out of warranty and not to mention I live in a different country now.
I've already looked at Sony's replacement parts and they don't even sell the front element in whole. They charge $200usd for the fucking ring that holds the glass. Probably my best bet at this point is to nuke the body with a dedicated uv light or leave it out in the sun for a month. And then either nuke this thing with iso alcohol or buy a broken same lens with a working outer element.
Why the fuck did sony make an element that allowed air to move in and out in small holes but then glue the whole thing shut.
Ticking timebomb, yes I'm mad.