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The mark on the right seems to terminate in a piece of dirt. It looks like something that has marked the filter during manufacture or assembly. I would be really interested to know if anybody has seen this type of marking before and if so is it cleanable or should I be talking to the retailer/manufacturer?
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Simon, just curious....how did a hair or any other trash get on a new CCD? Was this a brand new camera? BTW, the one time I have had to clean the CCD on my D100 I used the a/c adaptor to hold the shutter open and then blew the CCD with a small bulb blower. The few little dust specks were blown away...where, I do not know? Cheers! Bill P.
Whatever these marks are they were present when the camera was taken, brand new, from the box. I have tried a bulb blower to remove them and have had no success. There is certainly nothing visible to the naked eye on the filter covering the ccd. So my opinion is they are not hairs. As it happens, Nikon have agreed to swap out the body for a new one, so I would imaging they don't think it a dirty ccd, otherwise they would have had it back for cleaning...
Simon, glad that Nikon is going to swap out the body for you. Man, that is really strange, but things happen during the manufacturing process. Like I said, just glad that Nikon is doing the right thing by you. Cheers! Bill P.