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Old 22-04-2008, 07:09   #1 (permalink)
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Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

Yesterday on my pics I noticed a big blob of black, and in the view finder, 3 black specks in the upper right hand corner. So today dh ran out and bought me the Arctic Butterfly, and it got rid of the black blob, but now i'm thinking that the 3 specks I see aren't on my sensor but on my mirror.. Is there anything I can do at home to get rid of it? Ugh! I don't think it's showing up on my pics but it's bugging me 'cause everytime I look through my viewfinder, there they are..

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Old 22-04-2008, 07:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

Have you tried a Rocket Blower?
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

If you are seeing them on your pictures then it's either sensor dust or dust on your lens. If you are seeing them only when you look through the viewfinder then you can rule out sensor dust and look at dust in the viewfinder or on the mirror inside the camera body.

All areas can be cleaned to remove the specks but the methods used will vary depending on where the actual specks are.

Let us know and we'll then be able to help more
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

If the dirt appears only when you look through the viewfinder, another place to clean is the focusing screen which is located at the top of the mirror box. Getting to all of this with a (fine, soft) brush can be tricky, and it helps if you bend the ferrule at 90 degrees.
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Old 22-04-2008, 14:34   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

The 3 specks are in my viewfinder.. not on my pics at all, cleaned my sensor already, and my lenses, etc... so i'm pretty sure it's not that. What would I clean my mirror/focusing screen with??
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

You could try a Rocket blower (or similar) - bulb-type blower you squeeze. Don't let the nozzle touch anything, and don't use aerosol air-dusters.

If that doesn't remove it all, the next stage is to get a very soft artist's brush - something like a Daler-Rowney SY21 - which has very fine bristles and won't scratch anything. Wipe the mirror and focusing screen very gently and see how it looks.
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You could try a Rocket blower (or similar) - bulb-type blower you squeeze. Don't let the nozzle touch anything, and don't use aerosol air-dusters.

If that doesn't remove it all, the next stage is to get a very soft artist's brush - something like a Daler-Rowney SY21 - which has very fine bristles and won't scratch anything. Wipe the mirror and focusing screen very gently and see how it looks.
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

I bought the Rocket-Blower and it worked like a charm!! Thanks again!
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

Pleased to hear that!

Sometimes you get sticky dust such as pollen, and then you have to use the brush.
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Re: Sensor Dust? Something on my mirror?

so things like that wont happen, when you change your lens try to have your camera face down, that way theres less risk of trapping dust particles.
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so things like that wont happen, when you change your lens try to have your camera face down, that way theres less risk of trapping dust particles.
Yes, I will do that from here on in! Had to learn the hard way I suppose!

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