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nascar Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Jan 2011Tue 05-Nov-13 11:08 PM
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"D7000 Oil Spots"


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My D7000 was purchased new in December 2010 (early in the production) and has given me no problems. It gets light usage (less than 3000 shutter clicks).

On all recent photos I'm seeing lots of spots on the right side of each image. I've used the in-camera clean image sensor function to no avail. It is also set to clean on startup. I've used an air bulb to try to remove these spots with the mirror up; also to no avail.

I wonder if the spots might be oil splatter from the mirror box.

I rarely shoot in bursts and make very few Live View shots and did not change the lens between shots without spots and now with spots.

I could clean the sensor or have it cleaned by my local dealer. But, do you think should I send it back to Nikon for analysis and possibly replacing the mirror box. Or, maybe I first should clean the sensor and see if the spots come back before contacting Nikon. Advice welcomed.

Do these look like oil spots (sky shot)?

Thanks.



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RECONLEY Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Jun 2012Tue 05-Nov-13 11:50 PM
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#1. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Marietta, US
          

Oil spots have a dark center with a light ring around it, some refer to it as a halo look. Your image looks like dust to me. Time for a cleaning.

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beemerman2k Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Mar 2006Tue 05-Nov-13 11:54 PM
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#2. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Ellington, US
          

Welcome to reality! Where were you a couple of years ago when this was quite a hot topic of discussion? They all do that; yes, that's oil from the shutter mechanism.

I ended up buying a cleaning kit from http://www.visibledust.com Great kit and every now and then I clean my sensor of the oil spots.

I was quite surprised over the level of anger the D600 evoked, yet comparitively little from D7000 users. I still have my D7000, and I also own a D7100, too. No spots on the latter camera.

If you don't mind wet cleaning the sensor every once in a while, it's an amazing camera. I have taken almost 28K shots with mine, and have captured some images that mean the world to me. I have no regrets concerning my D7000.

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singlerosa Silver Member Charter MemberWed 06-Nov-13 12:46 AM
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#3. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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St. Louis, US
          

I've had much worse than that on my D7000 (but not my D600 (yet)). Over time, you're gonna get dust. And, maybe a spot of oil. Don't freak out; clean it. It's easy.

Jim Singler D600/D7K with a bunch of lenses and other assorted stuff

  

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jagabom Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jun 2012Sat 09-Nov-13 12:49 AM
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#15. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Beemerman2k, which cleaning kit did you buy? There are so many.
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elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Wed 06-Nov-13 03:08 AM
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#4. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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This spatter pattern seems consistent with the one that is created by the lubricant spray from the defective seal on the mirror charge motor.

My D7000 was repaired for that very issue, and was thoroughly documented in this thread.

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nascar Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Jan 2011Wed 06-Nov-13 07:47 AM
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#5. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Thanks for the comments. I hadn't followed that thread.

Since my camera is long out of warranty, I'll get a sensor cleaning kit and do the cleaning myself when needed. The D7000 manual made it sound like sensor cleaning, beyond air blowing, was something that only authorized repair shops should do. Thanks for the VisibleDust link.

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elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Wed 06-Nov-13 04:17 PM
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>D7000 manual made it sound like sensor cleaning, beyond air
>blowing, was something that only authorized repair shops
>should do. Thanks for the VisibleDust link.

In my opinion the manual is a legal standpoint to reduce liability.

If Nikon suggest that one should regularly wet clean the sensor as a standard maintenance, and a user scratches the low-pass filter, they could potentially be liable for any damage and be required to repair the damage for free.

As many know, dust and occasional debris is a fact of digital life. Often the self-clean function or blower will suffice, but eventually a wet cleaning may be needed. It's not hard to do, and anyone with average mechanical skills can perform it. That low-pass filter is rather hard, and you would really have to go some to mess things up.

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#7. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Ellington, US
          

I noticed that there are videos on YouTube that illustrate how to clean your sensor with VisibleDust products. No doubt there are videos on other products on that website as well.

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ctdrummer Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012Thu 07-Nov-13 12:52 PM
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#8. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Southern CT, US
          


This is normal maintenance. I have cleaned my D7000 sensor many times, usually before I go to a big photo shoot. I like the Copperhill kits because the swab handle is more rigid and you can get a good swipe that way.

http://www.copperhillimages.com/shopping/start.php?browse=1

It takes a few swipes with different swabs to get it clean. I have one of those cheap magnifiers with LED lights they give to senior citizens for free to check the sensor after each cleaning.

Don't be afraid!

The best part, of course, is you get a free cheap-o plastic slinky, which has become by neighbor's 2 year old's favorite toy.


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paul_7e Silver Member Charter MemberThu 07-Nov-13 01:00 PM
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#9. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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I looked at the Copperhill kits, and noticed that the kit comes with "PecPads or QuikStrips". Is one better than the other? Thanks.

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ctdrummer Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Feb 2012Thu 07-Nov-13 01:42 PM
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#10. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Southern CT, US
          

I think the Pecpads are for lens cleaning, or that's all I use them for when my lens pen can't get something clean. I have been using the Quickstrips, they give you a lot, so it will last for a long time.

The Quickstrips fasten on the end of the swab and attach with white stickers. I wish I had a few more swab handles though..


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#11. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Natick, US
          

For my D2x and D70s, I bought a bottle of Eclipse Optic Cleaning solution and a package of Type 2 Sensor Swabs. This worked good for those cameras. I don't know if the Type 2 swabs are the correct size for the d7000/7100 though.
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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Thu 07-Nov-13 08:02 PM
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#13. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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>For my D2x and D70s, I bought a bottle of Eclipse Optic
>Cleaning solution and a package of Type 2 Sensor Swabs. This
>worked good for those cameras. I don't know if the Type 2
>swabs are the correct size for the d7000/7100 though.

They are. All DX sensors are close enough to the same size to make the type-2 swabs the ones to use.

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Mikey98e Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007Fri 08-Nov-13 07:58 PM
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#14. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Natick, US
          

>>For my D2x and D70s, I bought a bottle of Eclipse Optic
>>Cleaning solution and a package of Type 2 Sensor Swabs.
>This
>>worked good for those cameras. I don't know if the Type 2
>>swabs are the correct size for the d7000/7100 though.
>
>They are. All DX sensors are close enough to the same size to
>make the type-2 swabs the ones to use.
>

Good to know because the swabs are expensive.
Thank you,
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gdhawkins Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2006Thu 07-Nov-13 06:16 PM
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"RE: D7000 Oil Spots"


Reading, GB
          

I had the same problem when my D7000 was out of warranty but NIKON UK repaired it for free as it is a design/manufacturing fault. i woud ask the question before trying to do it myself as it will keep recurring.

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gdhawkins Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2006Thu 07-Nov-13 06:16 PM
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#12. "RE: D7000 Oil Spots"
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Reading, GB
          

I had the same problem when my D7000 was out of warranty but NIKON UK repaired it for free as it is a design/manufacturing fault. i woud ask the question before trying to do it myself as it will keep recurring.

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