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Old 09-29-2011, 04:27 AM   #1
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A semi heart stopping moment

So ... in Preparation for heading back to the states and making a 1500 mile picture taking and test drive from DC back to Texas in the new Focus (now 4 days late to the dealer) I was reviewing some recent pics I took with my camera (Nikon D70s) and Nikor 28-300 VR Lens. I noticed some spots that looked like dirt on the lens and was like "oh SHIT!"

Since I had already sent my cleaning stuff back to the states I broke out a q-tip and tried to dry clean the mirror and the piece that sits above it (can't remember the technical term). checking through the view finder I was like "oh BIGGER SHIT!" bad idea cause now I had fibers all over the damn things, not having any alcohol I decided on the next best thing in an attempt to hold the tip of the q-tip together which was a touch of water. checking through the view finder again I was like oh HELL NO! now it was smuged all over the g place. back to a dry q-tip in an attempt to clean that up .. eventually I got'er done good enough to get me back to the states where I can have it professionally done. in the meantime ...

Any of you guys know the best way to clean the mirror and shit when you don't have the proper tools?

On a lighter note ... I was checking over the same series and noticed that on one there was a NASTY chunk of dust ... but it didn't seem to be in the preceeding or the following pic, so I figured it was just something that blew off and then back on the lens. But wanting to see how in the world I managed to miss something like that landing on my lens cover .. I zoomed in to check it further. Turns out it was a chopper off in the distance that had flown in and right back out of the frame LOL


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Dry clean with a baby nose bulb that you can get at Walgreens.

BTW: any dust, etc that is on the mirror will not show up when you take the picture because the mirror flips up out of the way to expose the sensor to light. The mirror is not in the picture. Anything you have on the mirror will only show up in the viewfinder when composing a scene, as soon as you click the shutter, the mirror is out of the equation.

Any dust you have on your sensor will show up in pictures usually with a high f# (f8+.) To clean your sensor you have to put the camera in mirror lock up mode, take off lens, click shutter once, mirror swings up out of the way of the sensor, puff the crap outta the sensor with your blower, click shutter again, mirror swings down. Put lens back on then take a pic of a blank wall at f11 to make sure you got all of it off, otherwise repeat.

I have never had to wet clean a sensor.
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I lol'd @ this. Here I was expecting someone's story of dropping their camera off a building only to have someone on the ground catch it in a basket full of bunnies, thus, no damage!
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Dry clean with a baby nose bulb that you can get at Walgreens.

BTW: any dust, etc that is on the mirror will not show up when you take the picture because the mirror flips up out of the way to expose the sensor to light. The mirror is not in the picture. Anything you have on the mirror will only show up in the viewfinder when composing a scene, as soon as you click the shutter, the mirror is out of the equation.

Any dust you have on your sensor will show up in pictures usually with a high f# (f8+.) To clean your sensor you have to put the camera in mirror lock up mode, take off lens, click shutter once, mirror swings up out of the way of the sensor, puff the crap outta the sensor with your blower, click shutter again, mirror swings down. Put lens back on then take a pic of a blank wall at f11 to make sure you got all of it off, otherwise repeat.

I have never had to wet clean a sensor.
you forget that the closest walmart/walgreens to me at the moment is a mimimum of 3 thousand miles in any direction LOL!

but based on what you are saying it is not nearly as bad as I was thinking so that is a good thing. When I get back to the states I am going to take some photography classes to catch up on what I skipped over when I got my camera. some of those basics are turning out to be pretty important LOL!

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I lol'd @ this. Here I was expecting someone's story of dropping their camera off a building only to have someone on the ground catch it in a basket full of bunnies, thus, no damage!
Hahahahahahahahahah I should be that lucky ...
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you forget that the closest walmart/walgreens to me at the moment is a mimimum of 3 thousand miles in any direction LOL!

but based on what you are saying it is not nearly as bad as I was thinking so that is a good thing. When I get back to the states I am going to take some photography classes to catch up on what I skipped over when I got my camera. some of those basics are turning out to be pretty important LOL!

Hahahahahahahahahah I should be that lucky ...
Any hospital, clinic, what have you should have one. They use it for clearing babies noses of snot and ear of...stuff?

Literally you could take a razor blade and scratch your camera mirror and you would only see it in your viewfinder. It won't be in your pics.
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