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How to clean D800 sensor?

vladiator

Auckland, NZ
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vladiator Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Jan 2009
Wed 18-Sep-13 05:28 AM

Hi all.

Prior to buying D800 I used D90 with 18-200mm, so I almost never had to change my lenses. As such, I have never had any noticeable dust on the sensor and never needed to clean it.

Now I use D800 with 24-70mm and 70-200mm and swap lenses regularly. After using it for the last 6 months, it is time to clean my sensor.

I have a few dust spots that appear of photos here and there, so I tried suing a rocket blower on the mirror and the sensor to get rid of them. Unfortunately, only a couple of spots disappeared and the rest are still there (and one new one seems to have appeared).

Since I have never cleaned a sensor before, I do not want to do any more intrusive cleaning without first asking for your comments regarding processes / tools which you use for cleaning a D800 sensor. What works and what does not work for you?

I also have a couple of questions regarding cleaning lenses:

* I noticed that my Nikon 24-70mm lens seems to have some kind of a speck under the front lens element (i.e. not on the outside of the front element lens where I could reach it, but somewhere inside the lens). It appears quite tiny, like a speck of dust. Is it normal and should I be worried about it?

* Rear lens element - if there is a speck of dust that cannot be removed with a rocket blower, can I use a LensPen brush on the rear lens element?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

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