Viewfinder Dust

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by DelphiCoder, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. DelphiCoder

    DelphiCoder Guest

    I notice a spec of dust when I hold the camera away from my eye (about3
    inches or so) in the viewfinder. Holding the camera close to my eye I dont
    see it. I don't see it in my pictures either. Is it worth trying to remove
    it, or should I leave well enough alone? It is a 20D. I am guessing it is
    only in the viewfinder, not on the sensor or mirror.
     
    DelphiCoder, Jun 4, 2005
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  2. DelphiCoder

    DelphiCoder Guest

    Dang.
    Just took a pic of a blank wall, and I see a small grey circle. Tried
    another lens and the same thing. Not the same place I see the dust in the
    viewfinder... Off to the repair shop :<
     
    DelphiCoder, Jun 4, 2005
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    Stacey Guest


    You got two problems, a spec of dust in the viewfinder, which is nothing to
    worry about and a spec of dust on the sensor as well. You need to learn
    how to clean the sensor yourself or your going to be spending a BUNCH of
    time/money at the repair shop. Sensor cleaning is a fact of life with that
    camera.
     
    Stacey, Jun 4, 2005
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  4. DelphiCoder

    Alan Browne Guest

    Leave it alone unless it:

    -affects the images (prob'y not)
    -affects your ability to use the viewfinder.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 4, 2005
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  5. DelphiCoder

    Alan Browne Guest

    Don't rush off yet.

    If the 'grey circle' you see is visible in images taken at f/11 or
    smaller apertures, then it's probably just dust on the sensor. Careful
    use of an ear syringe is probably enough to remove it. Read you manual.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 4, 2005
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  6. DelphiCoder

    DelphiCoder Guest

    For the senor cleaning, I read the manual, and also read on these newsgroups
    that the small blower trick almost never works. So, I took the camera back.
    The saleperson fixed the sensor dust with the blower trick. I DO need to
    learn how to clean that myself. They did not charge me, and seemed happy to
    fix it for me. Still, no need to bother them if I can take care of it in the
    future.
     
    DelphiCoder, Jun 4, 2005
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  7. DelphiCoder

    DelphiCoder Guest

    Thanks all for the advice and tips. It was dust on the sensor as well (two
    problems). Sensor problem has been fixed, and I am not concerned about the
    one spec in the viewfinder.
     
    DelphiCoder, Jun 4, 2005
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