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Dust on the inside of my viewfinder

AnnaMadeItProd

US
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AnnaMadeItProd Registered since 24th May 2012
Thu 24-May-12 12:58 AM

Hello,
I took my Nikon D50 to a local camera shop to get professionally cleaned several months ago and it came back to me with several splotches of dust on the inside of the viewfinder. The guy a the camera shop told me he couldn't get it out, but the dust was not there before. I'm not taking my camera back to that camera shop as it was not a good experience and I really don't want to have to pay the money to send it off someplace else. Does anyone have any suggestions on a way that I could possibly safely clean the inside of the eyepiece myself? I know for a fact it's on the inside of the eyepiece vs on the mirror/lens/sensor because none of my images show dust particles.

Thank you anyone for any suggestions!
~Anna

MEMcD

US
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#1. "RE: Dust on the inside of my viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 24-May-12 02:57 AM

Hi Anna,

Welcome to Nikonians!
If the dust is on the mirror box side of the viewfinder screen you might be able to clean it with a Giottos Rocket Blower.
Just make sure that you don't touch the mirror or any part of the
mirror box or finder screen with the Rocket Blower.

If the dust is above the finder screen things get more complex.
You will have to carefully remove the finder screen without touching the mirror and use the Rocket Blower to dislodge the dust particles, then reinstall the screen. Unless you know what you are doing, I wouldn't recommend removing the finder screen.
Good luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

AnnaMadeItProd

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#2. "RE: Dust on the inside of my viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 1

AnnaMadeItProd Registered since 23rd May 2012
Thu 24-May-12 10:13 AM

Thank you Marty! I'm afraid my problem is indeed above the finder screen as I've already tried removing the dust with the rocket blower on the mirror box side with no luck. Maybe I can search around and see if there are any other camera shops around here that will take a look at it other than the one I already went to.

Anna

aolander

Nevis, US
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#3. "RE: Dust on the inside of my viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Thu 24-May-12 11:38 AM

Not to say that the camera shop didn't get the dust on the focusing screen, but dust is a common problem. You will probably get dust on it again even without having anything done to the camera. Some older film cameras had focusing screens that were easily removed, but even cleaning those was sometimes a pain because every time I cleaned the screen and replaced it, I'd find a new speck of dust that got on the screen during the process. A little dust on the screen is annoying, but it doesn't harm anything.

Alan

ArthurNikonF

Worcester, US
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#4. "RE: Dust on the inside of my viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 3

ArthurNikonF Registered since 09th Oct 2011
Fri 15-Jun-12 02:36 PM

I got dust in the viewfinder of my D40 like mad. My dealer, because it was under extended warranty, and within 3 days, simply replaced the camera.

My theory is that the abount of plastic used in manufacturing this camera contributed towards the flakings of dust.

-A

Please read my blog (Nikon, Hasselblad, AND Polaroid), at www.arthurpolaroid.wordpress.com/ Nikon D300, D40, F Photomic Ftn, FE-2, F3HP, N80, F2S

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