Anybody with the D100 or D1 want to tell us how well the CCD deals with dust ? How often do you clean the CCD or have it cleaned and under what conditions does your DSLR have to shoot ?
#1. "RE: D100 and Dust" | In response to Reply # 0slow_driver Basic MemberWed 18-Dec-02 11:25 AM
I've had the D100 for 2 months and 5000 photos. It came with dust from the factory. One "specimin" presented itself as a large blob which showed up on anything but dark backgrounds. Fixed that with an air blower. I now take my air blower with me and take shots of the sky @ f/22 to check how much dust I have. Since I am a natural born risk taker, I just use bulb mode and pump the blower - the end of which is held just in front of the shutter position. This seems to get rid of a lot of dust but after the holidays, My camera is taking a trip in for free cleaning. Note DO NOT use a compressed air blower. They will just pump dust, cold air, and chemicals onto your CCD.
The first site below is a procedure for cleaning the CCDs at home. The second is by a fellow nikonian, and it has excellent examples of how to do the home-made tools.
#2. "RE: D100 and Dust" | In response to Reply # 1Wed 18-Dec-02 02:23 PM
Thanks for the feedback. The DSLR is very attractive to me right now but I worry about dust because I live in a dusty part of the world, and also like to take pictures in dusty places. I hear the CCD is very attractive to dust and that gives me pause.
#3. "RE: D100 and Dust" | In response to Reply # 0
I've taken over 3000 pictures so far, but I don't change lenses very often. The dust specks I've seen are only offensive at small apertures, and even then, odds are pretty good you will only see them if they are in the sky or other flat color area. I've done one cleaning so far, using a pec-pad wrapped around a Qtip with the eclipse fluid. I worked from the center of the sensor out to the edges, in the manner you would clean a lens. This worked pretty well, and missed only 1 small dust speck.
My photoblog : http://www.dustandrust.com
#4. "RE: D100 and Dust" | In response to Reply # 3Wed 18-Dec-02 05:37 PM
Thanks for the feedback. How long have you had that camera and what kind of places do you do your shooting ? Seems to me that the D100 came out less than 6 months ago. Was there a lot of dust when you decided to do your cleaning ?