I was out shooting my D300 at a Cirrus Aircraft open house at a local airport. Was disappointed to find spots on my images when I got home. I have cleaned the sensor as well as tried different lenses and the spots are still there. So I assume that this is something on the sensor. I've had the camera for 4 years, so I suspect I am long overdue for a routine maintenance. My plan is to send it directly to Nikon. Any other suggestions? I can't tell you how tedious it is to use the Clone Stamp tool on each image to clean them up. <sigh>
I've attached an example with arrows to point out the spots. Some are faint and can be seen when magnifying the image.
You can use a Rocket Blower to blow off dust and other dry objects from the sensor, see your manual for instructions. If a "wet deposit" then a wet cleaning is needed. If not sure you can do this, seek a local service or Nikon Service.
Steven, I am currently in the same boat. I have a rocket blower and Eclipse Sensor Cleaning kit on the way from Copper Hill. It happens to everybody eventually, even with the sensor cleaner feature on our cameras. A dirty sensor is something we just need to take in stride, I guess.
I hae a D300S and often get dust on the sensor...maybe it is more prone than other cameras, to this?I have it cleaned at the cameras store but takes care of the problem.....have tried to use 2 camers and lenses so I don't change lenses in the field as much which helps. But it happens a LOT...several times a year....
Cleaning the sensor yourself via the wet method is not difficult if you have a reasonably steady hand. I use and am happy with Sensor Swabs and Eclipse fluid. The swabs are single use and run about 4 bucks each. Even if it takes two or three tries, you're still ahead of the game compared to paying for cleaning. Just be sure to get the correct size swabs.
I think a bit of Photoshop clone stamping is a lot easier, and less stressful, than fretting over dust. This used to be a huge fear people had, and seems to be back as a cause for concern. You really either have to just live with it, or buy into the OCD cleaning rituals you see online.
I have had my sensor cleaned twice since owning my D300. I am not bothering anymore- it just isn't worth the effort and angst.