I'm sure Nikon has something very similar, but this experience still surprised\nme...\n\nAs I said earlier this week (on Monday), being an uncoordinated doofus I managed\nto get somekind of smutch on the CCD of my 2 week old Fuji S2. So, after\nattempting to blow it offunsuccessfully, I called Fuji tech support and talked\nto one of their guys about cleaning it. He suggested that if I really WANTED to\nclean it myself I should get the recommended swabs and Eclipse liquid, BUT he\nsuggested I send it back and let them clean it.\n\nAnd that if I sent it overnight it'd be back within a week or so.\n\nSo, on Tuesday afternoon I sent the body out overnight. I enclosed a note\ndescribing my problem with spots, AND the results of the dead pixel test I'd run\nover the weekend. On Thursday afternoon I called the repair department to make\nsure they were aware of what was going on..... The person I talked to said "Oh,\nthats done and its going back out today. You'll have it for the weekend..."\n\nYeah, no kidding... I SENT it on Tuesday. They fixed it Thursday morning, and\nsent it back overnight on Thursday afternoon. I had it back in my hands by 2 pm\non Friday.......\n\nMy dead pixel test turned up several pixels that showed as "hot" on exposures of\na second or more. So, I mentioned that in my note.\n\nWell, according to the service ticket they applied correctional data and updated\nsoftware as well as cleaning the CCD. Whatever they did, the dead pixel test\nnow comes up absolutely clean.\n\nAND the CCD is IMMACULATE. I did several shots of the sky at various exposures\n(the spots were really apparent on slight underexposure) and things are perfect\nin Photoshop...\n\nNow I just have to KEEP the thing clean!!!!!!!!!\n\nI think I'd best order the swabs and cleaner... 'Cause I'm not gonna give up\ncrawling around the outdoors shooting those flowers and bugs and birds and\nanimals and kids that folks in here are so tired of seeing!\n\nHow do the rest of y'all that are using S2 or D100 or equivalent units avoid\ngetting microscopic stuff on the CCD?