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"RE: Sensor cleaning"

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Tue 09-Oct-12 11:34 AM

A dirty sensor definitely will not cause lack of sharpness. I clean the sensor before every shoot, at least with a rocket blower. (I don't have any of the newer models that have sensor shakers.)

> I did get stuck shooting in the rain the other day and also wonder if moisture might have created a problem.

I seriously doubt it.

> I usually create a cover when I need to shoot in the rain, but got taken by surprise this time.

My advice about this is to get the rain cover or two that's necessary (I have a ThinkTank HydroPhobia for camera and regular lenses and an AquaTech for my 400/f2.8) and just put them in the bag with the gear. They're expensive (I probably have $400 in those two covers) but that's nothing compared to a trip to Nikon for a D3 and 400/f2.8. Especially these days, with Nikon's repair prices jacked up by 30-100%. I'd rather give the money to ThinkTank than to Nikon.

> Anybody else ever experience an unexplainable loss in image quality? Any advice?

It could just be drift, but more likely it's a mechanical problem - that's why many (lots?) of pros send cameras in for a CLA every once in a while.

But every time I've had this, the problem has been behind the viewfinder.

Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member

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A general, generic topic Sensor cleaning [View all] , KathyH , Sun 07-Oct-12 10:40 AM
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