I just downloaded my first pictures and the sky is full of dust spots. (lol no they're not birds) Are these cameras more sensitive to seeing dust? I upgraded from a D200 and never really had too much trouble before. I'm not even sure where its coming from. Surely a brand new camera doesn't have sensor dust.
If your seeing dust spots in the sky then the dust is on the sensor. Dust on the mirror or lens would not exibit these spots. If the spots look like what I think they look like. Stop the camera down to F13 to make the spots more pronounced.
Sorry to hear that. Dust is unfortunately a fact of life for a DSLR user. It gets into the mirror box when we change lenses and it moves around when we zoom or focus our lenses, and some lenses are more prone to moving dust around than others.
There should be a clean sensor option in the user menu (with the box wrench icon) and you should be able to depress the shutter to open the shutter and flip up the mirror. From there, use a bulb type blower to blow the dust out. Giotto's rocket is a popular one, I use bulb blower I bought from Best Buy (Rocketfish) because I needed it NOW and no else carried the Giotto. Pointing the camera down give it a few good squeezes and you should be able to blow the dust out and away from the sensor. On my D700, shutting off the camera flips the mirror down.
Note: Make sure you have a fully charged battery and/or a AC adapter plugged in. It will not go in to sensor clean mode without a full charge. Also, don't point the tip too close the sensor, you don't want to touch it with the blower.
To see if you got all the dust out, mount a lens, focus on a white wall or clear blue sky, stop down to a small aperture (like f/22) and shoot. Upload the image and you should be able to tell how you did.
Don't let the dust stay on too long, you don't want it to build up, it will be harder to remove when you have to do a wet cleaning.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU USE COMPRESSED AIR TO REMOVE DUST. Products like Dust Off have a liquid propellant that can damage, stain or leave a residue on the anti-aliasing filter over the sensor. This may require additional wet cleaning or at worst, a trip to the shop for professional cleaning or replacement.
I turn on the automatic sensor shaker option, such that it activates when I turn on and turn off the camera.
I have done this since day 1 on my D300 and D700. I have never had to wet clean the sensors and only very rarely get dust bad enough that I need to use a blower bulb on the exposed sensor.
The process is invisible to me and does not appear to slow down the turn on/off operation. I have over 70K images on both bodies and regularly change lenses in dusty environments. I've never found any downside to the automatic sensor shaker option.
I suspect that the constant sensor shaker "cleaning" gets the dust off the sensor before it can "stick", as dust tends to do.
I also regularly blow out the mirror box with my Giottos rocket bulb, along with the back end of the lens, just to get all the accumulated dust out. I usually don't lift the mirror unless I need to. In any event I keep the tip of the blower well outside the mirror box so that it can't get entangled in the mirror or shutter, which a Very Bad Thing.
Thanks to everyone for your great advice. This was a really extreme case. Anyway, I returned the camera for an exchange and my new one is PERFECT. I always say that things can go wrong--its how you're dealt with afterwards that really matters. Henry's in Halifax was wonderful!
I'm heading out today to scout some spots for the Bluenose launch tomorrow. Hope everyone has a chance to take some shots today!
I don't know whether this is related, but... Yesterday I was in the local Best Buys store and they had both the D600 and the D800 in stock and on display. Both cameras were in the on position, and both cameras had no lens attached and the lens area cover was missing. In other words, any child could come buy and stick his finger in to the mirror or sensor! I was pretty horrified that they would display these cameras like that. Then I wondered... what happens to these cameras? Who buys them and what surprise are they in for?
>I don't know whether this is related, but... Yesterday I was >in the local Best Buys store and they had both the D600 and >the D800 in stock and on display. Both cameras were in the on >position, and both cameras had no lens attached and the lens >area cover was missing. In other words, any child could come >buy and stick his finger in to the mirror or sensor! I was >pretty horrified that they would display these cameras like >that. Then I wondered... what happens to these cameras? Who >buys them and what surprise are they in for? > >It could be.
Sometimes an advantage of buying from a slightly more expensive but reputable dealer
Ugh. I CRINGE when I say that. Unfortunately, when I mention it, they usually say well, the lens was sold as open box and we don't have another one to put on...and I'll tell my manager. I'm sure I'm known at my local Best Buys as that crazy Nikon guy that always taking about the cameras not having lenses.
(Cameras, like TVs are probably sold as display models or open box specials.)
>>Yesterday I was in the local Best Buys ... Both cameras were in the on position, and both cameras had no lens attached and the lens area cover was missing.
I've seen the same thing at my local BB. I would never buy a display model from a big box store (especially BB).
But in any walk in retail store any camera could have been shown to a customer and left laying on the counter for some time, lens mount up and open.
Just to say I don't think it is fair to blame dusty sensors on Nikon unless you know for a fact the camera was never touched at the retail level- and we could never know that for sure no matter who we buy it from.
The abuse cameras and lenses take when they are on display at big box stores is far tougher than even a newspaper photographer (well known for being very tough on the papers equipment) could dish out. When someone mentions that they want to buy a demo, I cringe. Even more so when I hear the sale price. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
So I just bought a new D600 this weekend and discovered dozens of "spots" all over the sensor. I did some Googling and learned this is happening to quite a lot of the new D600s and older D7000s as well. Apparently there is oil/grease that is being thrown on the sensor when the shutter is activated. Many people are just cleaning the sensor only to have the grease spots return.
I thought about cleaning it on my own. However, after spending $2100 and fear of voiding the warranty, I don't feel it's a good idea. This is disappointing and I am just going to return the camera.
Thu 18-Oct-12 09:59 AM | edited Thu 18-Oct-12 06:44 PM by jckingca
I've had my D600 for nearly a week and I was able to see one spot in the sky when shooting at normal apertures f/8 and wider.
I could see lots of spots on my D600 if I shot at f/22 and maximized contrast and clarity in LR while zooming to 100%.
I read many postings on about "oil splatters theory" and got a little worried. But a good blowing out with the Giottos air bulb has taken care of 85% of the spots I could see under those magnified conditions. I can't see any spots at all with normal contrast and regular working aperture of f/8 or wider.
I guess if my spots could blow away with air they weren't oil spots. I've also ordered a wet clean kit from Visible Dust for ongoing maintenance.
I hope you get a good replacement for your D600, this is one superbly performing camera.
Dust and oil spots are nothing new for the FX guys. Why are people complaing about the D600. You got into a new catagory of machine. Learn how to clean your filter by now. Its just going to happen anyway.
I really think people will be encouraged by your experience on handling this issue as from reading the dpr forum there is a view forming that the d600 might be prone to dust and oil on the sensor. thanks for sharing eyespecs
Thanks for the well explained process for cleaning a sensor. I took my D600 to the beach today for some lighthouse photos and picked up a grain of sand or something halfway through the day. I switched lenses a couple of times and apparently did not do a good enough job keeping the sand on the beach instead of in my gear. I was sitting here trying to figure out how to clean the sensor when I spotted this thread. I followed your instructions and am now dust-free. Super simple.
My 600 is packed waiting for the replacement to arrive so I can return it. Lots of spots they developed after about 50 images Hunts photo was great one e mail and a phone call for a return number. Hope the new one is better
These are pictures number 8 and 9 with my new D600. I ran the auto sensor cleaner which didn't work. Then I did the mirror lock up and used that rocket air blaster thinga ma bob to blow out the dust bunny. I now have it set to auto clean the sensor when I turn the camera on and off.