Any idea what is causing the distortion in the upper left of this photo? The blurry curved black and pink lines?

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    Every photo or just this one?
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 16:09
  • Dirt on the lens?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 18:17
  • @SolarMike - unlikely. It's amazing how much damage a lens front element can take & still produce almost viable images. See lensrentals.com/blog/2008/10/front-element-scratches for quite an extreme demonstration from an expert in the field.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 19:14
  • It looks like how the light is hitting the camera lens. I had a similar problem when mine was cracked, but I’m guessing there’s no immediately apparent signs of damage?
    – RyDev
    Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 20:15

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The Apple Store evaluated it and concluded that the lens was damaged. No obvious source of damage, they replaced it under warranty.

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