Solution to dust causing spots in Nikon D70 ?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Hello,

    Is there a method to clean dust off the CCD filter in the Nikon D70?

    I assume there is dust here which is responsible for the spots in my images.

    Thanks
    Dan
     
    Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart, Nov 9, 2004
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  2. Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart

    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart"
    This describes the ever popular 'swab with Eclipse' method (which I use, as do
    most people I know) ...

    http://www.pbase.com/copperhill/ccd_cleaning ... or
    http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/ ... both are trying to sell you a swab
    stick, I've used the Copper Hill one and it works fine but if you want to try
    to make your own from a Wendy's butter knife try this site ...
    http://www.birdsasart.com/bn134.htm

    This site has a rundown of various techniques, though they conclude the swab
    method is likely your best bet ...

    http://www.photo.net/equipment/digital/sensorcleaning/

    This is a relatively new product with great potential, I hope ... I'm going to
    try it soon.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/visible-dust.shtml

    The D70 and Canon 10D sized sensors aren't too bad, be glad you don't have a
    full-frame sensor like the Canon 1Ds or the Kodak 14n/c ... these seem to
    attract dust about 10x as often.

    Be careful, take your time and you'll be able to get the spots out.

    Bill
     
    Bill Hilton, Nov 9, 2004
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    Owamanga Guest

    I got hold of those disposable pull-away visor-screens that F1 racers
    use to prevent dead-fly build-up. Cut up into small squares and cover
    the CCD sensor with 4 or 5 layers and whenever you see dust, just rip
    the top layer off, exposing the fresh dust-free layer underneath.
    Custom white level needs +0.8% blue to compensate for the slight color
    shift.

    Here's another tip, if you ever get vomit on the sensor, apparently
    vodka works well to clean it up.
     
    Owamanga, Nov 9, 2004
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  4. I suggest you post your question in rec.photo.digital or another digital
    newsgroup. You should find more people there to help. This NG is for film
    equipment.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Nov 9, 2004
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  5. Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart

    DALLAS Guest

    For a moment I thought you were being serious about the tear-off strips!

    I can't understand how people are managing to get dust spots on their
    sensors. Do they walk around with the bulb setting open all the time??? I
    have had a Canon D30, D0 and now a Nikon D70 and have yet to have any
    problems with dust on the sensor.
     
    DALLAS, Nov 10, 2004
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  6. Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart

    Skip M Guest

    My 20D was SHIPPED with dust on the sensor that has resisted all attempts to
    clean it. I've had my D30 for over a year, bought used, and there is no
    dust on the sensor.
     
    Skip M, Nov 10, 2004
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  7. Dan DeConinck of PixelSmart

    Owamanga Guest

    I'd love to be at Nikon HQ when they receive a warrantee repair. "Hmm,
    someone seems to have stuffed bits of a F1 crash helmet into their
    D70."

    Luckily there are people like Bill Hilton who answer these questions
    seriously.

    I'd be interested to know how they are doing this too.
    Are they changing lenses more often than normal?
    Live in LA or near the Sierra desert?
    Do they never vacuum or change their air-con filters?
    Do they bathe frequently or are they Pigpen from Charlie Brown?
    Do they shuffle their feet and build up excess static?

    We'll probably never know.

    Anyway, I recommend they collect all the dust and fluff from the
    sensor and save it all in a plastic bag. When they have enough they
    can send it to Africa where people stuff pillows for the poor.
     
    Owamanga, Nov 10, 2004
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