Cleaning the low-pass filter on a Nikon D80

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ken Brown, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Ken Brown

    Ken Brown Guest

    I am very, very new to digital but have had Nikon film SLR's for
    years.

    Does anyone have any insight in to how factory authorized service
    facilities clean the filters on DSLR's?

    And are there also high-pass filters that have to be cleaned?

    And since the sensor is fitted with a filter, does the sensor still
    get dirty?

    I have read that dirty sensors don't make a difference until f16 or
    so, but at some point I assume they all have to be cleaned.
     
    Ken Brown, Sep 7, 2007
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    gowanoh Guest

    If you are seeing vague blobs in areas of light color, like skies, then
    there is probably dust on the filter.
    It is invevitable this will happen unless, possibly, you live and work in a
    clean room where microprocessors are made.
    The instruction manual tells you how to lock the mirror up.
    There are several dry/dustless swabs available that can be used with a very
    light touch and, at least for me, have been effective.
    If that does not work there are liquids you can very lightly saturate the
    cleaning pads with.
    Or if you are not willing to do this contact Nikon for service.
     
    gowanoh, Sep 7, 2007
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    jon Guest

    I've got a reral mess on my sensor and contacted Nikon UK today. They have
    a 10p minute number that routes you through to some guy in Dublin who has no
    idea how long it will take to clean the sensor and return my camera. When
    asked if it was a matter of weeks, a month or months he said he had no
    idea at all.
     
    jon, Sep 7, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    First get a rocket blower (rubber bulb) then try a brush... if you do
    those regularly you probably will never need to do a wet cleaning.
     
    Paul Furman, Sep 7, 2007
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  5. Ken Brown

    Ken Brown Guest

    That sounds like an American business model. The Dublin guy must have
    been trained over here.
     
    Ken Brown, Sep 8, 2007
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  6. Ken Brown

    Ken Brown Guest

    Thanks to Gowanoh, Jon, and Paul Furman for your experiences and
    suggestions. I will try the least intrusive first and go from there.
     
    Ken Brown, Sep 8, 2007
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