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cbertel Registered since 08th May 2013Wed 24-Jul-13 11:52 PM
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"Spots on my D7100 image sensor"


Blacksburg, US
          

I've taken the camera in for a blow cleaning, it seems to have helped momentarily, but now I have three new tiny spots. This is my second DSLR, had a D5100 before. I bought this D7100 on May 6, 2013, had not issues with spots until a week ago. is this going to be an ongoing issue or should I have someone do a wet cleaning of the sensor?

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Chuckv Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Mar 2009Thu 25-Jul-13 01:35 AM
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#1. "RE: Spots on my D7100 image sensor"
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Lafayette, US
          

Can you see the spots on the sensor? Dust or Oil? Have you done a lens change when the spots appeared?

Dust should be able to be blown off/out, but the point there is SHOULD!? Using a hand blower with the camera/mirror in the cleaning position would be my next step, but unless you know what you are doing, I would pass on the wet cleaning and take it to a shop or Nikon repair.


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cbertel Registered since 08th May 2013Thu 25-Jul-13 09:56 AM
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Blacksburg, US
          

Thank you, Josephk and Chucky, I guess I am going to have find somebody locally to do the clean until I gain enough confidence to do it myself. Like I said, I never had that issue with my D5100. I am wondering where the oil is coming from?

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Thu 25-Jul-13 04:18 AM
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#2. "RE: Spots on my D7100 image sensor"
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Seattle, WA, US
          

Dust and other spots on the sensor is a fact of life for DSLR users. To some extent, environment and shooting habits will affect the frequency of the cleanings.

Good tutorials and supplies can be found at
http://www.CopperHillImages.com

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Thu 25-Jul-13 10:25 AM
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#4. "RE: Spots on my D7100 image sensor"
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St Petersburg, RU
          

As mentioned by others, dust and spots are the nature of the beast. There are many potential causes from pollin and air borne pollutants to, in rarer cases, lub from the chutter or mirror motor. There is no oil in the shutter camera except sealed inside the motors which have in a few cases, leaked. There has no rash of higher than expected dirt accumulation on D7100 sensors, unlike the D600.

The best way to approach it is to clean it yourself, and get in the habit of using the camera's built-in shaker cleaner frequently.
You camera bag should contain a blower like the popular Rocket Blower that is more effective than the shaker. If that does not dislodge the dust, after several attempts, it is time for wet cleaning. It is not hard or time consuming and if done with care, not at all dangerous to the camera.

If you ever had to dust your window sills, you know that dust is omnipresent. By and large, senors are the cleanest surface in one's life and it really surprises me it is not more of a problem. If you shoot macro of common surfaces you also know how much dust is in any surface that we normally never see with the unaided eye.
If you prefer to take the camera in for service every time it gets dirty, it could become expensive.
Are the spots seen at normal apertures or do you have to stop down great deal to see them in images?
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Kidkett Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Apr 2010Thu 25-Jul-13 10:26 AM
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#5. "RE: Spots on my D7100 image sensor"
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Campo, US
          

Hi Cynthia,

It seems like these new high MB sensor is a way of life when it comes to dust and oil. I would have thought that if someone would have cleaned your camera they would have told you if there were still spot left on it. The best thing you could do is learn to clean your own sensor if you can get comfortable cleaning it. Here is a link in the D800 forum talking on just this subject but it is the same with all cameras.

http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=430&topic_id=20394&mesg_id=20394&page=

I hope this will answers you questions.

Happy Shooting,
Bill

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