I have spots and dust marks in the same spots on my images. They're not always obvious but if they are, it's easy enough to "clean up" the photo in Photoshop. I've gone through the steps for in-camera sensor cleaning and used a blower bulb but they still appear in test shots. I've found opinion is divided between doing it yourself and sending the camera to Nikon. I hate the idea of being without the camera for a couple of weeks but I may eventually have to break down and send it to them. Curious what the advice would be in this forum?
Welcome to Nikonians! Wet cleaning the sensor is not difficult. Just take your time and follow the instructions. You might have to clean it more than once to get stuborn particles off. Remember to fully charge your battery before starting.
Like many folks I was a little anxious about doing a "wet" cleaning of my camera sensor. I had used a blower to clean the sensor for several years but, finally, I had too many dust spots that couldn't be cleared by just the blower. I read the copperhill documents about how to clean the sensor, got the necessary supplies, held my breath and did my first wet cleaning. It turned out that it really wasn't such a big deal. I have cleaned the sensor several times since then and now it is a complete non-issue.
As mentioned above, if you really feel uncomfortable about doing a sensor cleaning yourself most good photo shops offer this service. Simply because of the turnaround time involved, I would send the camera to Nikon only if there is nobody qualified to do such a task in your area.
Thanks everyone, for your comments! I watched the video and it really does look easy. I had been previously warned that doing it yourself was fraught with peril, but looks like if you're really careful it certainly should do the trick. I'm thinking I'll place an order and take a chance!
I too was worried (lets say, just plain scared) of doing a wet clean but, like you having looked at instructional videos and scoured this and other forum, bit the bullet and ordered from "Visible Dust" My problem was one of (probably) oil spots from the shutter mechanism which seems to be something fairly common with new Nikon cameras. Blowing was no good and they were big enough and numerous enough to be annoying to have to deal with via Photoshop. As long as you have steady hands and a good light, (a magnifying loupe is a near nessessity), as well as, as previously mentioned, a fully charged battery, it is not a difficult job and nothing like as scary after the first time!! Good luck (although you shouldn't need it)
Several months ago I did my first wet cleaning. I used the Copper Hill system and found the procedure quite simple. You may be able to get by with just a few passes of the sensor brush alone. If you do need to proceed to the wet cleaning then be aware of the implied warning in Post #5: any spot(s) that cannot be removed after a few passes with the cleaning pad will mean the camera should be shipped to Nikon for their cleaning procedure.