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Old 12-05-2010, 01:10   #1 (permalink)
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Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

I do realize this could be a very stupid question but,, I am currently an amateur fiddling around with my Nikon d80 that i purchased second hand couple of weeks ago. The problem is that whenever I take photos of skies, I get these grey dots on the photos(attached). I've cleaned the lens both front and took the Dust off ref photo to see if there's any dust in the body but didn't find any. The problem seems to persist even after all the things i've done to see what the problem is.

Please help me out...thanks in advance!

I took this one with nikon 18-135mm:
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oh and just in case it's the lens's problem, i ve found the same problem on 70 300mm:
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it's quite hard to find the dots on these photos but for the first one, dots appear just right of the trees on the left side and on the second one, dots appear on the top part of the photo.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

Sounds/Looks like dust "bunnies" on your sensor - very small and very difficult to see with the naked eye. See What are you using to clean your sensor with


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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

thanks a lot! I was just about to smash my head with my dslr.
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

Would it be more effective to let the guys at a local camera shop clean up the sensor as I have no previous experience of doing such work? and what's more cost-friendly...?
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

It might be a good idea, especially if you do not have the confidence to do it yourself. I would, however, start with a blower to see if that removes the bunnies first.
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

Take a picture of a white board or paper useing F8 or F11 see where the spots are.... just to make sure its dust on the Sensor, it can be cleaned by yourself if you take care, or let another person do it for you who knows about these things.
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

You will sometimes find free sensor cleaning at exhibitions or if a shop is hosting a promotional event.

Prices for sensor cleaning will vary, but I think that you ought to be able to get it done for about £30.

Nikon will probably charge more, but any decent service centre will be able to do it.
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

definetely dust bunnies.............i would take it to a shop agree wtih Graham around £30 is i think the going rate
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Re: Grey spots on photoss taken with Nikon d80

Yes they sure are dustbunnies. I've had them and I took the plunge and cleaned it myself. When you buy a set from a proper shop who are experienced with this, they give you a big handout and it explains exactly what to do.
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