Tue 12-Feb-13 04:44 AM | edited Tue 12-Feb-13 04:45 AM by InsaneO
>>Finally, I was able to remove it in one spot but then I >looked >>in the viewfinder it was a lot of dirt on the screen and >>viewfinder was dark. >>The reason it was dark is because there is a lever that >got >>stuck just below the mount. I touched this lever and it >sprung >>back and viewfinder became bright again and I was able to >take >>few hundred pictures. >> >>Now, I need to take the camera to Nikon for a check up but >I >>can't reproduce most problems I have. >
> >The dirt you're seeing when looking through the viewfinder has >accumulated on the focusing screen. It can usually be easily >cleared using a rubber bulb blower such as a Rocket Blower.
The dirt did not "accumulate" because it wasn't there. The dirt looked like bits and pieces, possibly even chunks from the camera. It did not look like normal dust. And, yes, I blew them off with bulb blower. BTW, this camera is a dust magnet. I regularly clean mirror and sensor. In fact I clean it almost every week. The good news is that most of time blowing dust out is all that is needed. Only few times I had to use SensorKlear pen. Still, I did more cleaning on this camera than all of Canons I owned before, combined. For example 7D was only cleaned once in 3 years. 5D2 was not so bad but mirror on it was regularly dirty and eventually even Canon's tech just simply replaced it before I sold it. D800e on the other hand accumulates dirt even if I leave the one lens on. I have to clean it after every shoot or two.
>If you've been able to take a few hundred photos since >releasing the aperture actuator lever, and if the photos are >turning out as expected, there probably isn't any need to send >the lens away for service. Also, a jammed actuator lever on >the lens doesn't mean the camera body needs service.
I just got Canon 5D3 with 24-105mm lens as my backup camera so now I can drop off D800e for a checkup. Just need to find the time.