Fascinating. I wonder if they're used to keep the furry antennae in good condition? On a similar note, I snapped this photo of a house spider and was surprised to see they've got lots of little teeth as well as the two big fangs:
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This is just typical Japanese business practice! The cost of development or getting manufacturing right has risen, so they're going to pass those costs on to the end customer, not for them a reduced profit margin, they're so blinkered & greedy, & have such little respect for their customers that it's passed on.
Well I won't be buying any of them at these prices ... If I were a user of this type of lens then I'd be switcing away from a company which shows me no respect and doesn't really care whether I stay with them or not.