I have two tiny little specks on my sensor, cannot see them under direct light while I have the mirror locked up for sensor cleaning. I've only used my rocket blower to clean the sensor, fear factor in ever touching it with something foreign. I've read others sent their D2x in to Nikon for cleaning, and they do not charge for the service. Is this true?
I can get a loaner from my local camera store, so I won't be without a body.
Generally, if you send your camera in to Nikon service for a repair, they'll often clean the sensor. I personally use the Copper Hill Tools. They are affordable, safe, and they work quite well once you get the hang of it. No problems to report after using this system for the last 10 months on my D2x.
The first time I 'swabbed' with the Copper Hill Tools I just couldn't seem to get it right. At about the 3rd or 4th swab I began to cry because I was convinced I would never get my sensor back to where I had started let alone clean.
The second time, was just a little better (I cried before I even started ). After a few more times it has been a tear-less process ever since. My advice would be, read the article, read it again. If you think you can do it, go for it, just make sure to order the extra materials in case you don't get it right the first time.
As Jason said it's free with other repair work. Otherwise Nikon charges $95 for sensor cleaning. My local dealer charges $20. Maybe you can try your local dealer. Unless they show up on you prints I'd leave them alone.
Hedley Originally from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales -- now in Arkansas
you will only seem them stopped down against a neutral background.. try a 50mm set to infinity at f/22.. shot into a white BG... you'll see all of them... i use this technique with the expodisc to check that i've cleaned up all of them
also, everytime nikon cleans it they come back dirtier than they left.
I also use the Copper Hill swabs and cleaner kit. Exercise care and it's actually very straight forward. Opinions on the site vary as to how to keep the mirror up, etc. I'd read the opinions and go with what you feel comfortable doing.