12 January 2004:
Cleveland Crystals, to where this lens was shipped for coating, reported to us that the lens has what appears to be grinding artifacts on the convex side. The lens does meet the scratch-dig specification, but appeared to make it through the quality assurance stage at Janos Technology. The lens will be shipped back to Janos to be fixed.
06 January 2004:
This is A-L6, the first fused silica element in the camera triplet.