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The Truth About Dust and Sensors

mpage

San Jose, US
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"RE: The Truth About Dust and Sensors"

mpage Registered since 29th Jun 2004
Sun 02-Dec-12 11:54 PM | edited Mon 03-Dec-12 12:33 AM by mpage

Don,

>I did not have much problem with dust on the D200, D300, or
>D300S sensors.

It might be that smaller DX sensors do not reveal the dust problem as much as FX full-frame sensors in photographs.

>Moving forward to the D700,

The FX sensors are bigger and have larger megapixels.

>I shot less photos with this camera and still had
>to send it in for cleaning two times already.

In San Jose, California a local repairs shop charges $70 for a sensor cleaning with a 24-hour turnaround. For this kind of money you can buy all the cleaning tools you need and do it yourself. In addition, sending the camera exposed it to potential shipping damage.

>These spots will appear at apertures more open than f18,

I've heard this from other FX users, even as open as f8. Perhaps it is a property of larger sensors. I will know more when my D600 arrives tomorrow.

>My take on the "truth", is anyone using the newer
>camera bodies should anticipate the need to manage the sensor
>spots.

My point exactly.

>I do agree that I would not avoid these cameras just because of this >problem.

This was my main argument.

>I do not mean any offense by disagreeing with your statements.
>I just don't want people buying these cameras and expecting
>no spots on the photos based solely on your experiences
>because my experiences are significantly different.

No offense taken. In fact, I believe we have more points of agreement than disagreement. I rarely saw dust on my photographs with the D100, D200, or D300. It sound reasonable to me that FX bodies my very well show dust more often in photographs, due to the larger physical size of the sensors and the elevated megapixels.

-Mark-

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