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Jan 5, 2012 19:27:38   #
photogrl57 Loc: Tennessee
 
The best moon shot I ever took ... so far and I noticed these spots ... which aren't on the photo of my dog taken just after... so I hit auto tone and omg what a mess
Does this mean my camera needs to go in for a good cleaning ? I just looked at the telephoto lens and it is dusty could it be just from that do you think ?







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Jan 5, 2012 19:33:34   #
Frank T
 
Looks like smutz on the sensor.
You can try blowing it out with a squeeze bulb. If that doesn't work you can clean it yourself with supplies from visible dust. If you're not comfortable doing it then bring it in to a camera repair, but it doesn't look like lens dust at all.

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Jan 5, 2012 19:35:32   #
steve40 Loc: Asheville/Canton, NC, USA
 
Is it a Nikon?.

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Jan 5, 2012 19:35:46   #
photogrl57 Loc: Tennessee
 
Frank T wrote:
Looks like smutz on the sensor.
You can try blowing it out with a squeeze bulb. If that doesn't work you can clean it yourself with supplies from visible dust. If you're not comfortable doing it then bring it in to a camera repair, but it doesn't look like lens dust at all.


Process of elimination I guess .. first I'll clean the glass .. try it ... clean the sensor .. try again .. if no good take it in for servicing .... bound to need it since I haven't taken it in before and I've had it nearly 5 years I think.
Just couldn't bring myself to drop it off anywhere

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Jan 5, 2012 19:36:01   #
photogrl57 Loc: Tennessee
 
steve40 wrote:
Is it a Nikon?.


Canon Rebel XT

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Jan 5, 2012 19:38:11   #
steve40 Loc: Asheville/Canton, NC, USA
 
Ok, my son has a d300, and it started looking this way. But it was before he had had it a year, Oil On The Sensor. :) Probably just smutz with the Canon.

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Jan 5, 2012 19:39:31   #
photogrl57 Loc: Tennessee
 
steve40 wrote:
Ok, my son has a d300, and it started looking this way. But it was before he had had it a year, Oil On The Sensor. :) Probably just smutz with the Canon.


LOL what is smutz .... ? It's a canon so it must have a lower level of dirt ? lol

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Jan 5, 2012 19:42:05   #
steve40 Loc: Asheville/Canton, NC, USA
 
I don't know??, I just liked the term. :) Oh, the reason I asked if it was a Nikon, the oil thing is a common problem with Nikon. They got to liberal, with oiling the mirror hinge. :lol:

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Jan 5, 2012 19:51:08   #
steve40 Loc: Asheville/Canton, NC, USA
 
Smutz: definition; Stain with a dirty substance, such as soot.

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Jan 5, 2012 19:57:40   #
snowbear
 
Yep, sensor boogers.

Get a Giottos Air Duster - looks like a rocket. Lock the mirror up, hold the camera lens-down, remove lens and blow in air with the rocket.

DO NOT USE compressed air.

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Jan 5, 2012 20:01:06   #
photogrl57 Loc: Tennessee
 
steve40 wrote:
Smutz: definition; Stain with a dirty substance, such as soot.


Can it get that even if I keep it in a zippered case at all times when not in use ?

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Jan 5, 2012 20:02:56   #
snowbear
 
photogrl57 wrote:
steve40 wrote:
Smutz: definition; Stain with a dirty substance, such as soot.


Can it get that even if I keep it in a zippered case at all times when not in use ?


it's probably microscopic dust. The pro-level cameras and lenses have seals to help prevent it. Consumer level stuff doesn't.

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Jan 5, 2012 20:03:00   #
photogrl57 Loc: Tennessee
 
snowbear wrote:
Yep, sensor boogers.

Get a Giottos Air Duster - looks like a rocket. Lock the mirror up, hold the camera lens-down, remove lens and blow in air with the rocket.

DO NOT USE compressed air.


Oh don't worry I know not to do that LOL ... I have a cleaner kit for it with a bulb for blowing air. I know how I've done it about 3 or 4 times in the last couple of years ..

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Jan 5, 2012 20:07:08   #
snowbear
 
I had mine cleaned back in the summer, while I was having another repair done. I still had three spots. I removed two, the last one I clone out with PS.

You don't see them with the dog photo because they are "camouflaged." Take a shot of the clear blue sky after cleaning.

I've never used the swabs, only the blower. It seems to get most of them, except the sticky dust.

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Jan 5, 2012 20:07:48   #
steve40 Loc: Asheville/Canton, NC, USA
 
photogrl57 wrote:

Can it get that even if I keep it in a zippered case at all times when not in use ?


Yep, over time when you change lens, the Smutz boogers creep in. :lol:

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