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Please can someone help me with this problem and steer me in the right direction ??.

How Can I fix all the spots that keep showing up on my photos. I just bought my first expensive entry level Canon 30D. Brand new and after just 3 monthes I had to take it in and get a pro to clean the dust and spots off the glass inside (name ?)I have NEVER taken the lens off (17-85 w/IS) since the day I bought it ! I have not shot in a lot of dust..

He also sold me a cleaning kit with some kind of alcohol , a brush and a battery operated twirly thing ( $200 later...is that a lot ?? ) ...which I refuse to use unless I am told this is a normal thing with a brand new camera and something I need to do on a monthly basis.

So the pro , he cleaned it all up for me ....and bammo 2 weeks later the !@#@!$ Spots are back....They have ruined two paid for photo shoots and now I have to go into PS and grunt out the Spots ! This is so frustrating !!.

Why should my Brand new camera ,which I have only one lens for , be getting all these spots....and I NEVER take the lens off nor do I shoot in dusty places ? !!.

PLease help...Should I take this Camera back and demand a refund ??.

Thanks In advance for any helpful info !!.

PS...I have sample pics to show if anyone can tell me where to post them or how to on this forum ......

Comments (35)

Hmm. First off, getting the sensor cleaned is something that I've only had to do a couple of times over 3 years and I've changed lens quite a bit out in the field. Yes, I still do some photoshop edits to sensor noise if needs too but unless I'm shooting above f14 at a bright sky, I rarely pick them up or see them..

$200 for a sensor cleaning kit is pretty expensive if you ask me. Quite a bit more expensive..

My only ideas as to how the dust is getting into your camera is either you are shooting a lot or Rodeo shots out west or the constant zooming of your lens is sucking dust into the camera..

Are you in a really dusty place??.

Do you typically shoot at smaller aperatures?.

You shouldn't be having all these problems..

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Comment #1

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

How Can I fix all the spots that keep showing up on my photos. I justbought my first expensive entry level Canon 30D..

A little better than entry level I would have thought..

Why should my Brand new camera ,which I have only one lens for , begetting all these spots....and I NEVER take the lens off nor do Ishoot in dusty places ? !!.

It could easily get dust on the sensor before you open the box, newness doesnt prevent dust..

PLease help...Should I take this Camera back and demand a refund ??.

You will get dust with any dSLR, and although some are now coming out with dust removal systems, the sensor still needs cleaning by hand once in a while. Dust removal isn't that difficult..

They shouldn't be that visible in at normal apertures. As Vander asks, are you shooting at very small apertures for some reason?.

Thanks In advance for any helpful info !!PS...I have sample pics to show if anyone can tell me where to postthem or how to on this forum .....

To post images you would need an account with an online photo database, such as PBase or Flikr. There are free trial accounts at PBase. You get an account, upload you images, then embed the image URL in your post..

Brian A...

Comment #2

Thanks for posting.

I dont shoot in the DUST .....I really want to take care of my camera as I dont have a lot of money to spend on Equip. so I stay out of the dust and run like hell for cover if I see it coming....however this does not mean that being outside you cannot totally get away from the small floating particles you cannot see.....

I like to shoot in TV so the camera pics the AP for me ....however I do like to shoot in Av on occasion so I like the blown out background and will shoot at 4.0 or 5.0.

As far as posting ...thats too much work for me as Im not too good with the computer.I can email them directly to anyone who is interested ??.

I have before and after pics (after the cleaning) ....

Thanks Again for your comments they are ALL appreciated !!..

Comment #3

Some samples might help people work out your problem..

Although you can get dust even if you do not change the lens you are certainly getting a lot by the sounds of it. Dust can come from wear on components inside the camera body. It's possible there could be an issue with a component inside the camera ( a faulty camera, basically )..

Still, some examples would help..

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Comment #4

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

Please can someone help me with this problem and steer me in theright direction ??.

Let's try .

How Can I fix all the spots that keep showing up on my photos. I justbought my first expensive entry level Canon 30D. Brand new and afterjust 3 monthes I had to take it in and get a pro to clean the dustand spots off the glass inside (name ?)I have NEVER taken the lensoff (17-85 w/IS) since the day I bought it ! I have not shot in a lotof dust..

Ok..

He also sold me a cleaning kit with some kind of alcohol , a brushand a battery operated twirly thing ( $200 later...is that a lot ?? ).

Depends. It IS a lot, however, if you have zero experience and you are not willing to learn how to clean the camera, it might be what you need..

...which I refuse to use unless I am told this is a normal thing witha brand new camera and something I need to do on a monthly basis.

It is normal to get dust. Every now and then you'll get oily particles, as well, with a new camera. Just clean the thing..

However, once a month is a bit too often. It depends a lot on your habits. Some people manage to get dirt into anything, and there is no explanation. Your lens also acts as an air pump. Don't worry, shoot in whatever conditions you need to, and clean the camera every now and then..

So the pro , he cleaned it all up for me ....and bammo 2 weeks laterthe !@#@!$ Spots are back....They have ruined two paid for photoshoots and now I have to go into PS and grunt out the Spots ! This isso frustrating !!.

Oh. So, you are doing paid photo shoots and don't know how to clean your sensor....

Advice 1: LEARN TO CLEAN YOUR TOOLS. Find somebody who knows what (s)he's doing and learn to clean your tools. I am serious..

Advice 2: EACH TIME before an important shoot check and, if necessary, clean your tools. Sensor, camera obscura, lens, filters, hoods, whatever..

Why should my Brand new camera ,which I have only one lens for , begetting all these spots....and I NEVER take the lens off nor do Ishoot in dusty places ? !!.

Because we live in a dusty environment and because your sensor gets electrically charged and attracts dust. Ever noticed how your tv screen is more dusty than other vertical surfaces in your home? There it is. Clean it..

However, getting spots every 2-4 weeks is a bit much. I'd try and discover what's the source of the dust..

PLease help...Should I take this Camera back and demand a refund ??.

Not for this reason..

Thanks In advance for any helpful info !!.

Ok, you might want to google "petteri how to brush your sensor". You'll see what I meant about your cleaning kit being expensive...

Comment #5

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

Please can someone help me with this problem and steer me in theright direction ??.

I'm gonna take a different tack than the others...who gave good advice..

How Can I fix all the spots that keep showing up on my photos..

You REALLY should show us the pix with the "spots"! I'd strongly advise you to invest the time to learn how to upload pix to one of the free services and then to add a link to those pix in this forum. It's really hard for us to give good advice w/o seeing the "spots". For example, are the spots black or white? Are the spots always in the same place? Do ALL the pix have spots? Are you using flash? Go ahead and send me a representative pic w/ spots via e-mail. I'll post it for you. My e-mail address is in my profile (click on "chuxter")....

I justbought my first expensive entry level Canon 30D. Brand new and afterjust 3 monthes I had to take it in and get a pro to clean the dustand spots off the glass inside (name ?)I have NEVER taken the lensoff (17-85 w/IS) since the day I bought it ! I have not shot in a lotof dust..

He also sold me a cleaning kit with some kind of alcohol , a brushand a battery operated twirly thing ( $200 later...is that a lot ?? ).

Yes, it's a LOT..

...which I refuse to use unless I am told this is a normal thing witha brand new camera and something I need to do on a monthly basisSo the pro , he cleaned it all up for me ....and bammo 2 weeks laterthe !@#@!$ Spots are back....They have ruined two paid for photoshoots and now I have to go into PS and grunt out the Spots ! This isso frustrating !!.

Describe the setting for those 2 photo shoots..

Why should my Brand new camera ,which I have only one lens for , begetting all these spots....and I NEVER take the lens off nor do Ishoot in dusty places ? !!.

We don't know yet....

PLease help...Should I take this Camera back and demand a refund ??.

I think you should take the cleaning kit back. .

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Comment #6

You are getting dust that seems way above average. So....

How do you store your camera between shoots? Do you store it with the lens on or off the camera? And where is the camera when stored?.

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Comment #7

Microscopic dust could be created inside camera too, because of mooving parts (mirror). (in addition to external dust while exchanging lenses that I do very often).

I was cleaning my DSLR multiple times. Most of time simple bulb air blower takes care of dust. However 3-4 times in 2 year period dust was so stubborn that required "wet" cleaning..

I went to camera store explained my problem, bought sensor cleaning liquid and special pads. Workes like a magic. (my camera has sensor cleaning mode when it locks the mirror).

P.S. At certain lighting/exposure settings dust that you see in image could be on lens surface or filter. Clean them too with dedicated liquid/microfiber fabrique purchased from photo-store..

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Comment #8

He also sold me a cleaning kit with some kind of alcohol , a brushand a battery operated twirly thing ( $200 later...is that a lot ?? ).

Yep... worst case scenario would have been selling you a 12 pack of Sensor Swabs (about $45) and a bottle of eclipse fluid ($8-$12). You should have gotten it for less than $60... and even that's high because you don't need the $4.00-a-piece sensor swabs - you can make your own and use pec pads ($7 for 100). The battery operated twirly thing is totally un-needed...

Comment #9

For salesmen who push novice photographer for "brush and a battery operated twirly thing ( $200) is an excellent 30 days return policy that requires seller to except return.... .

I would spend these $200 for Sing-Ray Blue Gold Polarizing filter instead, or 50mm f/1.8 lens...http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #10

Stan_P wrote:.

For salesmen who push novice photographer for "brush and a batteryoperated twirly thing ( $200) is an excellent 30 days return policythat requires seller to [accept] return.... .

I would spend these $200 for Sing-Ray Blue Gold Polarizing filterinstead, or 50mm f/1.8 lens....

There's a far higher retail profit margin on the twirly thing, especially selling to a photographer who clearly does not want an interchangeable lens. I think he picked the best sale to make in the circumstances..

It's perfectly fine to want to stick to one lens if that lens covers your needs. But it's not a sealed point-and-shoot, it's a piece of equipment that needs maintenance. If you're going to go on "paid shoots," then realize that the first thing a professional (in any profession) needs to know: take care of your tools..

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Comment #11

Stan_P wrote:.

I was cleaning my DSLR multiple times. Most of time simple bulb airblower takes care of dust. However 3-4 times in 2 year period dustwas so stubborn that required "wet" cleaning..

I went to camera store explained my problem, bought sensor cleaningliquid and special pads. Workes like a magic. (my camera has sensorcleaning mode when it locks the mirror).

Not trying to reply to JUST your threads, but you keep bringing up good points. .

I wanted to say, though, that after several DSLR years of shooting, I've never yet had a spot on the sensor that wouldn't just brush away with a gently-applied cotton swab and humid non-spittle breath. Takes two minutes, maybe twice that if I review another f/22 wall test and found I missed a spec. Some people scream "you could scratch it!" but I'm not muscling in with the swab at all..

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Comment #12

Ed Halley wrote:.

Some people scream "you couldscratch it!" but I'm not muscling in with the swab at all..

Speaking as someone who scratched the living daylights out of a focus screen with a cotton swab, no way am I putting one anywhere near the sensor!..

Comment #13

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

Please can someone help me with this problem and steer me in theright direction ??.

How Can I fix all the spots that keep showing up on my photos. I justbought my first expensive entry level Canon 30D. Brand new and afterjust 3 monthes I had to take it in and get a pro to clean the dustand spots off the glass inside (name ?)I have NEVER taken the lensoff (17-85 w/IS) since the day I bought it ! I have not shot in a lotof dust..

It depends on what sort of spots you are getting. Dust spots on the sensor are typically only noticeable at high small apertures (high f numbers). Without seeing the spots, or knowing what f-stop you shot them at, we can only guess..

He also sold me a cleaning kit with some kind of alcohol , a brushand a battery operated twirly thing ( $200 later...is that a lot ?? ).

It depends on what you got for your $200..

If all you got was a blower bulb (which can handle many dust problem), yes you overpaid. Blower bulbs usually sell for under $20..

Other items you may have been sold:.

An anti static brush (or brushes) with a motorized spinner to shed dust and statically charge the brush..

A wet cleaning kit - Possibly a custom cut spatula, lint free wipes, and cleaning fluid (proper fluid varies by camera)..

A rich person's wet cleaning kit - custom molder spatula, with a lint free cloth pre-attached (FYI: Nikon service uses a lint free cloth wrapped around a wooden chop stick)..

A custom lighted viewer so you can see the dust particles on your sensor and will know where to clean..

If you received all of the above, $200 is probably a good price..

In general you should use the least invasive cleaning technique that gets off your dust. Start with a blower, than the brush, and then the wet method..

Don't try anything you are uncomfortable with that might void your warranty..

...which I refuse to use unless I am told this is a normal thing witha brand new camera and something I need to do on a monthly basisSo the pro , he cleaned it all up for me ....and bammo 2 weeks laterthe !@#@!$ Spots are back....They have ruined two paid for photoshoots and now I have to go into PS and grunt out the Spots ! This isso frustrating !!.

Where do you shoot? The beach, the desert, an air conditioned studio? 2 weeks might be normal, it might not be. We need context..

Why should my Brand new camera ,which I have only one lens for , begetting all these spots....and I NEVER take the lens off nor do Ishoot in dusty places ? !!.

PLease help...Should I take this Camera back and demand a refund ??.

If you are really unhappy, you should trade in the camera for a new one with automated dust removal. Both the Canon 40D, and the Rebel XTI have an automated system to shake dust off the sensor, and software to map out any dust that remains. Both will give you image quality as good (if not better) that the 30D..

Thanks In advance for any helpful info !!PS...I have sample pics to show if anyone can tell me where to postthem or how to on this forum ......

Comment #14

Http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/.

The above site has good information on DSLR sensor cleaning. I use a digiklear or sensorklear tool from lenspen.com. I don't agree with the steps the above web site suggests for using a lenspen tool. I just use the tool on the sensor. Using my method you must be very careful! Keep in mind lenspen tools don't work if the sensor has fluid or lubricants on it.thezero..

Comment #15

Thanks to all who helped me with my spots problem .....here are a few answers to some of your quiries...

1. I have sent the pics to Chuxter he will review or post them here and you all can see the hugeness of this problem..

2. I store my camera in a Canon Lowepro bag with pading and the lens on and a cloth covering the LCD screen and it's zippered up and the cap is on too..

3. I clean my filter before every shoot with a special non-scratching cloth.

4. I shoot mostly in TV so the camera chooses the ap for me..

5. I have not cleaned it myself yet because I wanted to see if the spots came back after the first initial cleaning of my brand new 30D in August..

6. I have every intention of cleaning my camera as soon as I find out the answers to the questions and make sure that this is not an on going major problem..

And from the info that I am receiving on this site and from the other "HORSE " and RODEO photographers on other sites I am realising that I may have a major ,for lack of better word , LEAK in my cameras system..

So , if it is infact major perhaps I can get a full refund on my 30D or receive a new one that does not give me this much grief !.

Thanks for listening !!..

Comment #16

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

Thanks to all who helped me with my spots problem .....here are a fewanswers to some of your quiries...

1. I have sent the pics to Chuxter he will review or post them hereand you all can see the hugeness of this problem..

We await the images.

2. I store my camera in a Canon Lowepro bag with pading and the lenson and a cloth covering the LCD screen and it's zippered up and thecap is on too..

How you store the camera shouldn't make much of a difference. As long as the camera is stored with a lens or body cap attached..

3. I clean my filter before every shoot with a special non-scratchingcloth.

Dust on the filter or lens shouldn't be readily noticeable on the image..

4. I shoot mostly in TV so the camera chooses the ap for me..

It's not important who chooses the aperture, it's important which aperture was chosen. If you didn't notice when you took the picture, it will be in the EXIF information stored in the JPEG file. There are many programs which will allow you examine the EXIF information, including Photo Mechanic and Photoshop.

Things which would suggest that your problem is dust on the sensor:.

- Specs which show up at small apertures (high numbers), but not at big apertures (small numbers)- Specs which show up in the same place on every frame.

5. I have not cleaned it myself yet because I wanted to see if thespots came back after the first initial cleaning of my brand new 30Din August..

Canon's manuals typically instruct you to use a small hand blower to get dust off the sensor. They recommend you send the camera for servicing for anything the blower doesn't remove..

6. I have every intention of cleaning my camera as soon as I find outthe answers to the questions and make sure that this is not an ongoing major problem.And from the info that I am receiving on this site and from the other"HORSE " and RODEO photographers on other sites I am realising that Imay have a major ,for lack of better word , LEAK in my cameras system..

So , if it is infact major perhaps I can get a full refund on my 30Dor receive a new one that does not give me this much grief !.

Thanks for listening !!.

If your camera has a lot of dust in it, then someone should use a small hand blower to get the dust out of the camera, and then clean the sensor..

If the dust returns, you may want to check your lenses. Are the lenses new or used? Have they been used in dusty environments? If the lenses are dumping dust into the camera, you may need to get your lenses cleaned..

You can always sell the 30D and buy a 40D. The 40D has a built in mechanism to shake most dust off the sensor. it also has stick tape to trap dust floating around in the camera. it also has a function to map out the remaining dust, so it can be automatically removed in post processing...

Comment #17

Here are the images that Krista sent me:.

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There was no EXIF data that I could find..

The first pic is big (full size, I think), but has been saved as a low quality JPEG. There are a lot of compression artifacts. I think she was trying to make the file size low..

It looks as though dust is getting in somewhere. Looks pretty bad!.

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Comment #18

It is all pretty meaningless without EXIF data. I have never seen as many dust spots, if that is what they are, covering that amount of sensor. These image fragments really don't allow any analysis..

A "professional" photographer that know nothing about aperture? The thread is starting to get more than a little silly..

Brian A...

Comment #19

Thanks Chuxter for posting my pics. I think the data showed that I was shooting in TV and the camera chose F32 as the Ap. I think this was my problem.Does this sound like it was the deal to you ??.

Sorry I posted the large pic and did not make it a smaller more legable size for this forum..

I also cleaned my sensor on my own this weekend and that seemed to take care of most of the problem and the spots. I took some pics before I cleaned it at F16 and after things looked a LOT better !!.

This is all new to me as I have only just started to take pics and get pretty good resultsI can finally start to get paid for my work..

Thanks to all of you for your effort and comments I so appreciate your helping this newbie ..

And to Hugowolf for his comment about a "Professional " photographer who knows nothing about Aperture ! Thanks for the sleazy comment I really needed that !! I never professed to be a pro,I may have said I wanted to go pro or that I had purchased what I thought was a good entry level Pro camera....thats my opinion, but you sure dont help the self esteem of those of us who are really trying and may have to struggle a little harder to make things go well ! Maybe you should keep your comments to your self or go hang out with people who are as caddy and sarcastic as yourself !! IDIOT !!..

Comment #20

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

Thanks Chuxter for posting my pics. I think the data showed that Iwas shooting in TV and the camera chose F32 as the Ap. I think thiswas my problem.Does this sound like it was the deal to you ??.

Well, smaller apertures do make spots more obvious, but I think you have a massive amount of dust getting in! I have never seen a camera this bad....

BTW, ignore people who are nasty. They are trying to get a reaction and it really pi$$es them off when they are ignored..

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Comment #21

For the record, the 30D really isn't an "entry level" camera... technically it is more of an intermediate model. Having said that, you should take the time to learn a little more about the overall control of the camera. Sit down with a good book or DVD on digital photography and things of that nature and it'll go a long way towards improving the images you take..

I'm not saying all this to make you feel like you don't know what you're doing but it is the very least you need to do. A person can not blame their tools when they don't understand how to use the tool or why the tool behaves the way it does. Try shooting at aperature priority mode for a bit and see how things line up for you..

BTW, sensor dust is a problem for a lot of cameras out there regardless of if you never take the lens off or not... and if you're shooting at f16 and above, you'll notice it more and more. Some brands have found a solution to this problem (some solutions are more effective than others) but in the end it is your responsibility to learn how your camera behaves and to give it what it needs in order to keep it operating the way you want it..

TANK.

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Comment #22

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

And to Hugowolf for his comment about a "Professional " photographerwho knows nothing about Aperture ! Thanks for the sleazy comment Ireally needed that !! I never professed to be a pro,I may have said Iwanted to go pro or that I had purchased what I thought was a goodentry level Pro camera....thats my opinion, but you sure dont helpthe self esteem of those of us who are really trying and may have tostruggle a little harder to make things go well !.

I'm going to put my head above the parapet, in the name of fairness..

You have demonstrated in several ways that you don't know how to use your camera. The most striking is using shutter priority and "letting the camera" choose f/32. (Pardon me but I thought you were the photographer?) That is a basic beginner error. It will result in soft images due to diffraction, often excessive depth of field, and as you now know it will show up any dust spots. Also, using Tv when the resulting aperture falls at the extreme end of the aperture range is quite likely to result in overexposure..

You declared, quote, "I don't shoot in the dust", then we saw pictures taken in an outdoor environment where dust would be very likely on a dry day..

You said, quote, "battery operated twirly thing" - an affectation of stupidity that you will now pay for by being assumed to be stupid. That was what you wanted, wasn't it?.

And you said, in your first post, quote, "They have ruined two paid for photo shoots". So you are a professional. A professional who doesn't understand the basics of how to use her equipment..

I don't thing anything Brian said was at all unfair or out of turn, and what's more he said what he did in a light-hearted way....

Maybe you shouldkeep your comments to your self or go hang out with people who are ascaddy and sarcastic as yourself !! IDIOT !!.

... and he didn't call you names...

Comment #23

Underexpose at f/22 sky or other equally textured/colored subjects to detect sensor dust..

Equally textured/colored paper or ceiling will work too..

I usually set camera to ISO 100, f/22, 10-30 sec exposure in semi dark room, manual focus to minimal distance, locating camera on floor pointing up to ceiling (to get equaly colored image) and trying to underexpose image for 1 stop. If sensor has dust on it will be well visible - needs cleaning..

Sensor dust is very annoying especially if you shot sky or water in long exposures..

Here is shot with 3 dust spots in sky shot at f/6.7 :.

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Same dust spots at exposure with f/19.

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Comment #24

Brian,.

Personal attacks or silly comment has nothing to offer to person who is looking for help. I've seen people with such style of communication in different forums. They are not enocoraging or helpful..

I've seen professional photographers who shot company products for years..

They looked as kids at my long exposures asking questions I learned in 2 years of my photo-hobby..

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It's natural for any person to not know something and learn new.....

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Comment #25

IMac, therefore iAm wrote:.

Ed Halley wrote:.

Some people scream "you couldscratch it!" but I'm not muscling in with the swab at all..

Speaking as someone who scratched the living daylights out of a focusscreen with a cotton swab, no way am I putting one anywhere near thesensor!.

Well, if not comfortable, don't do it. However, you're not actually cleaning the sensor, but rather the glass in front of the sensor and should have no fear of scratching thatwith a benign cotton swab. Actually, this is my preferred method over the past 2 1/2 years and I have probably had to clean me sensor 5 or 6 times between all the lens changes and 27,000 plus images. Oh, I rarely shoot at f-stop smaller than f/11 mostly f/2.8-f/7.1.Ingo.

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Comment #26

On my last trip home (Tahiti) my D70 became very contaminated, and I ended up having to send it in to Nikon for a complete cleaning. I don't know what lens she is using, but dust bunnies are a common problem in all of the DSLR cameras. Even those with "shakers". I now keep both of my bodies in zip lock plastic bags when I am not using them, and haven't had a problem since. I use the Copper Hill sensor cleaning kit, and have not had a problem again either. I find that using the a blower bulb, and the static brush every couple of weeks keep the bunnies out of the camera and out of my photos....

The $200 dust removal kit is probably the Artic Butterfly, and from what I have heard it is a really good dust removal system. The spinning unit is only used to recharge the static electricity in the brush and not to be used as a spinner inside the camera... If this is the system being used, I would go to their website and learn the proper way to clean the camera in question..

Just this old chief's 2..

Comment #27

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

And to Hugowolf for his comment about a "Professional " photographerwho knows nothing about Aperture ! Thanks for the sleazy comment Ireally needed that !!.

I am sorry, it was never my intent to offend you. It was, however, rather exasperating trying to help you with so little information. The aperture that these images were shot at would have been a great help, and that is embedded in the EXIF data of the image. Any photo editing software will allow you to view the shooting parameters..

I never professed to be a pro, I may have said Iwanted to go pro.

You did say that they have ruined two paid for photo shoots. That to me implied professional..

Was shooting in TV and the camera chose F32 as the Ap. I think thiswas my problem.Does this sound like it was the deal to you ??.

Small apertures will certainly make any sensor dust more evident. F/32 is a very, very, small aperture. Not only will it exaggerate sensor dust, but it will produce very soft images because of diffraction interference. Even at f/16, softness due to diffraction will be visible..

Shooting at more normal apertures will produce images with less evidence of dust, but it will not cure the dust problem. The sensor needs cleaning when dust becomes evident. But again, I have never seen so much dust spread over the entire sensor as you had in your images. Usually a few spots appear, especial in uniform highlight areas such as the sky. Although it is unlikely, there may be a problem with your camera. Perhaps some part giving off dust, or maybe a lot of dust got in the mount cavity before the lens was first mounted?.

With this much dust you may need several cleanings. I have found that the best test after cleaning is to take a shot of the sky at a small aperture, but at a correct exposure (not over exposed). Then the levels tool, in PhotoShop, can be used to exaggerate the dust spots..

Brian A...

Comment #28

I also thought the same as you re the OP.Until now I have just kept quiet, but HEAR HEAR!!..

Comment #29

Thank you Stan.

It's so Hurtful to have someone you do not even know assume and make comments like that.He was not the only one and I guess will not be the last..

I would only ask that people who are replying in this particular forum be so kind as to take to heart who this forum is for ,"Beginners" ,and tread a little softer in thier comments..

Be KIND have PATIENCE & Read our Questions with a helpful HEART !!..

Comment #30

Cowgirl44 wrote:.

Thank you Stan.

It's so Hurtful to have someone you do not even know assume and makecomments like that.He was not the only one and I guess will not be the last..

I would only ask that people who are replying in this particularforum be so kind as to take to heart who this forum is for,"Beginners" ,and tread a little softer in thier comments..

Be KIND have PATIENCE & Read our Questions with a helpful HEART !!.

Unfortunately, some members don't have the right disposition to be helpful to beginners. You are more of a beginner than a pro. When you sorta bragged about accepting money for your photography skills and effort, it waved a flag...and it wasn't a white flag. In the future simply don't mention getting paid on this forum, as it has nothing to do with your problems..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #31

Chuxter wrote:.

Unfortunately, some members don't have the right disposition to behelpful to beginners..

This is not the first time that we have been treated to your opinion about who should post on this forum Charlie..

Go back and read Hugowolf's post and tell us whether it is any more than a light-hearted, but accurate, observation that being paid for photography and knowing (apparently) nothing about aperture was (and I will quote Brian so as not to misrepresent him) "silly"..

Then go on to read cowgirl44's response and try to deny that it is venomous and entirely uncalled for...

Comment #32

Dust on sensor is a wide and frustrating problem for every DSLR user.

- beginner who gets shock looking at his "incredible DSLR" producing spots on sky after shoting in landscape mode..

- advanced amateur/professional who is annoyed by dust spots after spending long time carefully composing shots, using proper lens, filter..

Each dust spot takes time to eliminate in post processing.Thanks to photoshop result could get cleaned by using clone tool..

I spend about 10 min post processing this shot to clean it from dust spots well enough for printing..

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Cowgirl44, more ruff weather conditions you shot at (sand, moisture) more seriously you need to think about weater sealed camera body/lens..

Http://www.stan-pustylnik.smugmug.com..

Comment #33

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

Chuxter wrote:.

Unfortunately, some members don't have the right disposition to behelpful to beginners..

This is not the first time that we have been treated to your opinionabout who should post on this forum Charlie..

Prolly not the last time either..

I didn't say that Brian could not or should not post here. I just noted that his specific post was not helpful..

Go back and read Hugowolf's post and tell us whether it is any morethan a light-hearted, but accurate, observation that being paid forphotography and knowing (apparently) nothing about aperture was (andI will quote Brian so as not to misrepresent him) "silly"..

I found nothing "light-hearted" about Brian's post. There were no clues that he was joking..

Then go on to read cowgirl44's response and try to deny that it isvenomous and entirely uncalled for..

Yes, she was mad, but I don't think her reaction was either uncalled for or unpredictable..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #34

I had the same issue with a Canon 30D. I purchased an Olympus SLR system due to the effective antidust, haven't had problems since...

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