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If not Lubricant…then what?


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km6xz

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Wed 12-Dec-12 08:13 PM | edited Wed 12-Dec-12 08:15 PM by km6xz

Excellent summary Eric, it ought to be a sticky at the top of the forums, not just this one.

From the film day it is habit to sit down for 20 minutes and clean all the lenses and filter and blowing out the mirror box with a blower before going out on a shoot. Spots are usually handled before they appear this way. It is a ritual that is pleasant, that reconnects me to the hardware.
But if dust is left for a while, through a number of temperature and humidity cycles, otherwise harmless dust can become glued to the AA filter and mirror and require wet cleaning with a solvent. In the spring the air is filled with tiny spores that have a strong natural adhesive that stick to almost any surface. Luckily most of it get stuck before getting the chance to stick to the AA filter. Some of those places is nasal passages and lungs of hay fever sufferers.

Anyone who has shot commercial product shots know that more time is needed to clean the dust and lint from the view of the camera than actually setting up the shot. Dust is ignored most of the time because it is too small to see unless looking for it, but it is filling the air, all surfaces and......everywhere. The sensor/AA filter of any of these cameras being complained about as dust magnets are still, at their dirtiest, cleaner than just about any surface in one's daily life.
I do not know where or when this notion that dust is a manufacturing defect, that warrants replacing $2000 cameras serially, came from but it is likely to drive prices up for everyone because someone has to pay for that faulty opinion. Sure, there are some cameras with defects such as when a motor seal ruptures and oil does get sprayed in the mirror box but those are rare and are repaired without question by Nikon or any other manufacturer.
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