Encouraging dust news from LensRentals
If this trend holds up it would seem the best strategy is not to continually swap out one camera for another, but to monitor your dust, clean as needed, take lots of pictures, and be patient.
#1. "RE: Encouraging dust news from LensRentals" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Fri 30-Nov-12 06:14 PM
Thanks for the post, Kent. Patience seems to be a good answer.
I was interested in seeing the comments about light cleaning being enough most of the time. The article you referenced indicated wet cleaning was only required 5% of the time.
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#2. "RE: Encouraging dust news from LensRentals" | In response to Reply # 0bducker Registered since 31st Oct 2012Fri 30-Nov-12 07:41 PM
I'm also glad to read that posting by LensRental, as I was starting to feel that perhaps I made a bad decision in upgrading from my D7000 - which also had oil spot sensor issues that were dealt with by Nikon. I think it is time that I invest in:
an Arctic Butterfly
a LensPen SensorKlean II and
a Dust-Aid silicone sensor stamp
...and of course, start getting more comfortable with dry sensor cleaning until this dust subsides. I never knew this would become an essential skill as a Nikon DSLR owner. I would have preferred to focus my attention on perfect exposure and good composition
#3. "RE: Encouraging dust news from LensRentals" | In response to Reply # 2km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Fri 30-Nov-12 09:31 PM
It is not usually done but it IS an essential part of every serious hobbyist and pro's tool kit of accessories and skills. All sensors get dirty, just as all lenses and windshields get dirty. Unless we use a microscope to inspect our environment, we would hardly notice that our living space is awash in tiny particles, spores, and airborn pollutants. So in reality, the most amazing thing is being able to use a camera for a long time and not accumulate dirt, when every surface in our lives has more dirt, if you look closely enough. I know I have nothing as clean as my sensor, even when it needs cleaning. No consumer item, no air exposed surface is as clean.
Some people were upset when I did not appear to be sympathetic to those who claimed their camera was defective and Nikon should be ashamed of themselves for putting out such a defective product. There are problems with the camera in some cases, a few have had AF problems, a few oil spray from ruptured seals on motors but the dust problem never had any supporting evidence to draw the conclusion that many people jumped to.
Watch the videos on cleaning and don't be afraid of damaging the sensor, it is tough material( tougher than the AA filter which is the closest to the sensor as you will ever get) but the AA filter is has a hardness rating of 5.5 mohs. We wash our cars and not fear ruining the paint, which is much softer and much more valuable, and more hassle and costly to repair than a sensor. We clean ous windows, some people even put in contact lenses where the surface they are being attached to is much more sensitive to rough treatment.
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#4. "RE: Encouraging dust news from LensRentals" | In response to Reply # 3bducker Registered since 31st Oct 2012Sat 01-Dec-12 12:45 AM
Duly noted Stan.
When I first became aware that sensors needed to be cleaned, I did not even realize there was glass on top of the sensor. Now, I am a bit more educated, and not as intimidated by the cleaning process. I'm just disappointed that the D600's dust issues are perhaps more pronounced than in other recent models.
#5. "RE: Encouraging dust news from LensRentals" | In response to Reply # 0
Kent... and my thanks for your post on the follow-up by Lens Rentals. My D600 is in-transit from B&H and should be here this Tuesday. Hopefully, its sensor area is clean but I'm prepared to do cleanings as required.
Best Regards, Dennis.
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