I had a discussion 2 days ago with a Nikon customer rep. He was aware of the problem but no decision has been made as to what to do about it, except that it would be dealt with on the manufacturing end. At present, no recall is planned as "the speckles do not affect image quality". I have 2 issues with this. First, I suspect that the speckles are lubricant since it does look like a spray of some sort. Don't know if it will get worse with use although I suspect so. The speckles are highly reflective, and a close exam will show reflections on the lens surface. Second, even if there is a recall I'm not sure I want some tech cracking open my lens. So...even though my lens was purchased at the beginning of December, it was a gift and the dealer takes gifts back within a month of Christmas. So mine went back for credit, and I will purchase another when this is all sorted out. Note: Other copies of this lens at the dealer all showed the little speckles. Don't mean to be running around crying "wolf", but that is just too much money to be taking a chance with.