Bought a new F80 as a spare from the big auction site. Only today I noticed a few (10ish) spots and perhaps a hair in the viewfinder, only visible against a very pale sky. I was going to clean the mirror - any other ideas?
Hugh, it is perfectly normal for some dirt and dust to make its way into the camera. If they are only visible against a pale sky then you have no problem there.
Before touching the mirror, however, I would first see where exactly these specs are. They may as well be in the viewfinder...if they are on the outside you just wipe'em off, if they are inside the viewfinder I am afraid there is not much that you can do on your own. If you can see these specs on the mirror itself and want to clean them, you have to be very very careful. Stay way clear of the mirror foam, don;t blow too hard onto the mirror etc. I guess these you already know.
Thanks for the advice - I have never cleaned the inside of my other F80 in 6 years, so I was a little concerned about doing so on a new body. If it doesn't make an diference to the final picture, I'll probably leave it alone.
Do you need to clean the mirror / internals etc. usually? In the past , I have only had one body, and it has never not had a lense on it - is there some cleaning I should do?
i stupidly tried to clean inside my camera. of course i made matters worse i am sure. so should i take it in for professional cleaning? i can see some fuzz and am sure its inside. haven't seen my pics yet. i am hoping its not visible.
Whatever you see thru the viewfinder is almost never on the mirror. So don't try to clean the mirror as you can damage it easily. Whatever you see there is most likely on the bottom side of the focusing screen. I have the most success using a vacuum cleaner. Never let the hose touch any part of the camera however.
>Whatever you see thru the viewfinder is almost never on the >mirror. So don't try to clean the mirror as you can damage it >easily. Whatever you see there is most likely on the bottom >side of the focusing screen. I have the most success using a >vacuum cleaner. Never let the hose touch any part of the >camera however. > Do you mean the delkin vacuum?