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Spot in viewfinder

RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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Tue 30-Oct-12 11:40 AM

I can see a small spot of dust or dirt when looking through the viewfinder of my brand new D7000. It does not appear on images, but it is a nuisance. Obviously it is someplace besides the sensor. Before I try cleaning anything, I thought I would ask for advice here. Any suggestions?

Rocky

Rassie

Milton, CA
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#1. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

Rassie Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Tue 30-Oct-12 10:44 AM

The next obvious place to look for the speck is on the mirror. Use a rocket blower on the mirror to see it that helps. Keep the camera tilted down while blowing - that allows gravity to pull the dirt out of the camera to the outside.

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RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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#2. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Tue 30-Oct-12 10:45 AM | edited Tue 30-Oct-12 10:51 AM by RockyIII

Thanks. I just blew out the chamber with the mirror down and it is gone. It must have been on the mirror or focusing screen.

Believe it or not, I do not recall ever seeing a spot like that before.

Rocky

four eighty sparky

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#3. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 2

four eighty sparky Registered since 08th Apr 2011
Tue 30-Oct-12 12:35 PM | edited Tue 30-Oct-12 12:35 PM by four eighty sparky

>Thanks. I just blew out the chamber with the mirror down and
>it is gone. It must have been on the mirror or focusing
>screen.
>
>Believe it or not, I do not recall ever seeing a spot like
>that before.
>
>Rocky


If this is your first DSLR, then get used to dirt and dust.

On the focus screen.

On the mirror.

And worst of all.... on the sensor.

Dirt/dust and DSLRs are mutually attracted to each other. It's a fact of life. Maintaining a thorough and rigorous cleaning regimen will now be a part of your normal constitutions.

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RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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#4. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 3

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Tue 30-Oct-12 01:26 PM

I have owned several DSLRs, and I have cleaned the sensors many times. Like others, I've even had some cameras with dust on the sensors brand new right out of the box. I guess I have been lucky not to have anything on the mirror or focus screen that I could see in the viewfinder before. It sure was a lot easier to clean than a sensor though.

I have a professional photographer friend who has never cleaned a sensor. He takes his bodies to the local Nikon dealer before shoots, and they clean them for him at no charge.

Rocky

aolander

Nevis, US
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#5. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Tue 30-Oct-12 07:41 PM

If you see sharply defined (in focus) specks/spots in the viewfinder, they are not on the mirror; they are on the focusing screen. Debris on the mirror would have to be much larger than dust specks to see them, and they will be "fuzzy" (out of focus) if you do.

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Rmastran

Carver, US
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#6. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 5

Rmastran Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Nov 2011
Tue 30-Oct-12 08:15 PM

What is the recommended way to clear the focusing screen of dust?

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blw

Richmond, US
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#7. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 6

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Tue 30-Oct-12 08:34 PM

A Rocket Blower or equivalent, with the lens throat facing down. That'll get 95% of any stuff that gets onto a focusing screen.

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RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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#8. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 5

RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Tue 30-Oct-12 10:10 PM

Thanks, Alan. Mine was fuzzy.

Rocky

hnagy

Cairo, EG
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#9. "RE: Spot in viewfinder" | In response to Reply # 7

hnagy Registered since 02nd Feb 2013
Mon 04-Mar-13 06:38 PM

>A Rocket Blower or equivalent, with the lens throat facing
>down. That'll get 95% of any stuff that gets onto a focusing
>screen.
what after to use if blowing didn't fix it?

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