If this is a topic in another post, I sincerely apologize.
So I've been taking some great photos (at least I think they are pretty great), and had these tiny little black dots on the picture. Mostly these dots (only a couple in the beginning) showed up in the upper center portion of the picture. I did the in camera clean and also took a bulb and blew some air into it, and nothing seemed to work. I just thought it was a piece of dirt that somehow got into the camera. Lord knows I've been to some pretty dusty places recently. I just thought whatever it was would somehow find its way out of the camera.
But this weekend, I was trying to take some photos of some geese flying and found that in the photos not only were there tiny dots, the dots had increased and there appears to like more dots all along the upper portion of the picture. Not a pretty sight.
So I called my camera dealer where I purchased my camera, and he "Nikon has acknowledged a problem with oil getting on the sensor. It is now a well know problem! Holy Cow! I've read about oil on the sensor, but didn't think there was a problem.
Because of hurricane Sandy, my dealer is shipping the camera to Torrance "just to be on the safe side". I guess Mellville is in the area where the hurricane came through. I know NYCm Long Island, and parts of NJ are still a mess.
#1. "RE: little dots on the picture" In response to Reply # 0
Seattle, WA, US
Dust (or other stuff) on the sensor is a fact of life with DSLRs. When the blowers don't solve the problem, it is time for a wet cleaning. This site has good products and tutorials: http://www.CopperHillImages.com
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#2. "RE: little dots on the picture" In response to Reply # 0
Santa Cruz, US
Bummer about the oil, if it is oil. I just went thru a similar issue yesterday about said dot...for me it was something on the sensor and I ultimately cleaned it with eclipse and sensor wipes...the question is will that clean oil?
Maybe someone else can comment about using eclipse to clear oil...
#4. "RE: little dots on the picture" In response to Reply # 3
Santa Cruz, US
I'll tell you, I was scared out of my mind about cleaning the sensor; but using the correct sensor wipes and solution, it was an absolutely simple easy fix. The camera puts the mirror up, and away you go. Really, it was an absolute breeze...and yes, I was scared too!
I will clean my sensor every time from now on. very very straight forward.
BTW, DO NOT USE QTIPS like I did the first time around! You want to talk about "...oh @#$%! I think I ruined my sensor...", but after 7 swipes later with the correct solution and pads, it was nice and clean!