Tue 04-Dec-12 02:55 AM | edited Tue 04-Dec-12 05:37 AM by mpage
The D600 arrived today and I am charging the battery.
First Observation: The cats are much more interested in the B&H shipping box than the camera.
Second Observation: Since the battery is charging, I cannot look at the sensor. But I did use the new VisibleDust loupe and saw 5 or 6 small dust particles on the mirror and some on the camera chamber below the mirror. Five minutes with the rocket blower removed much of the dust. Had I not removed this dust, it might of found its way onto the sensor when taking the first shots.
Recommendation: Even if you do not have a loupe, assume there is dust on the mirror and in chamber of a new camera. Use a bulb blower for five minutes with the camera opening pointed down. In addition, regularly use the bulb blower on the chamber to remove dust.
Remember, never use canned compressed air because these products contain a lubricant in the propellent that can foul a sensor.
Tue 04-Dec-12 03:51 AM | edited Tue 04-Dec-12 04:23 AM by mpage
I am most happy to report that there was only one very small spec of dust near the edge of the sensor. A few blast of air from the rocket blower seemed to take care of it. I don't believe this particle was large enough to have been visible in an image.
I plan on getting the new version of the FireFly sensor cleaner to use as my primary sensor cleaning tool. It appears, according to the reviews, to work better than the VisibleDust Zeeion blower:
Where do you get this product (Amazon, B&H, direwct from manufacturer)? Also, what exactly is it you need to buy to use it? I looked at the link Mark provided and it shows options with and without a bulb, filters, etc. I have a new, 7.5 inch, Giottos rocket blower. Perhaps I don't need the whole $130 unit?
Also, in your experience, does it work and is it worth buying?
I bought my Firefly direct from NRD at www.nrdfirefly.com. It is an expensive gadget, but it has favorable reviews including one by Jason Odell here on Nikonians several years ago. I had the first version and found it a bit cumbersome to use because it required two hands. The new version is designed to be used one handed which I like much better.
I cannot say that the Firefly cleans my sensor better than just a plain Rocket Blower, but I like the concept and like to think that it does.
The FireFly Blower is not only good for cleaning sensors, but for preventative measures. You can blow dust off the mirror and blow out the camera chamber before dust gets on the sensor. Before dust can get onto the sensor it must pass from the mirror or from the camera chamber.
Thu 06-Dec-12 11:21 AM | edited Thu 06-Dec-12 11:25 AM by mpage
I have a Giotto Rocket Blower too, but decided to go with the whole $130 package. I'd like to keep the Rocket Blower in my camera bag for blowing dust off lenses when the field. I will keep the FireFly at home for its designed uses on the sensor and camera chamber. If I am going on an extended shoot, I will take the FireFly with me, but I will not carry it around in the field.
Considering the amount of money I have spent on camera equipment, the $30 savings was not that important. Plus I like doing my part to stimulate the economy.
Fri 07-Dec-12 11:35 AM | edited Fri 07-Dec-12 11:36 AM by mpage
I will not know how well the FireFly works until mine arrives next Wednesday. I based my purchase decision on reviews I found on Google, positive comments from other Nikonians, and this video comparison:
The following link goes to an YouTube video comparing the VisibleDust Zeeion Blower and the FireFly Blower.
Looks interesting, although I'm not sure that the youtube test is quite fair. I'm not trying to dislodge dust from plastic wrap by blowing on the other side of it! I'm not sure Adorama is carrying it anymore...can't find it on their web site...so maybe bying direct is the only way to go.
Still, I like the idea of a strong de-ionization charge. I was thinking of trying the anti ion gun I use on my (yes I'm that old) vinyl records...