What are these specks?

HIMAN1998

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 24, 2013
338
0
Richmond, VA
I was checking to see if my sensor needed to be cleaned off on my Rebel XS, so I did the test of taking a picture of a white background with the smallest aperture. There are two little curved specks on the top of the frame, along with a bunch of what seems to be dust. The test picture is attached. I tried using a bulb blower to get them off, but they didn't come off.
 

Attachments


needfx

macrumors 68040
Aug 10, 2010
3,874
4,024
macrumors apparently
I was checking to see if my sensor needed to be cleaned off on my Rebel XS, so I did the test of taking a picture of a white background with the smallest aperture. There are two little curved specks on the top of the frame, along with a bunch of what seems to be dust. The test picture is attached. I tried using a bulb blower to get them off, but they didn't come off.
it just needs cleaning, take it to a professional, or blow harder and longer until they're gone
 

filmbufs

macrumors 6502
Sep 8, 2012
252
187
Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, the estimate was about $70 for a professional to clean the sensor. Instead, we got a recommended blower (Giotto's Q-Ball blower,) followed instructions we read ahead of time and it thankfully worked like a charm. Our spec of dust looked similar to yours except ours was v-shaped.

We would have been too nervous to go further than blowing the sensor but I'm sure others have done that successfully.

Do a google search for more details. Here's a good informative site:
http://www.bythom.com/cleaning.htm

Good luck!
 

HIMAN1998

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 24, 2013
338
0
Richmond, VA
In Oklahoma, the estimate was about $70 for a professional to clean the sensor. Instead, we got a recommended blower (Giotto's Q-Ball blower,) followed instructions we read ahead of time and it thankfully worked like a charm. Our spec of dust looked similar to yours except ours was v-shaped.

We would have been too nervous to go further than blowing the sensor but I'm sure others have done that successfully.

Do a google search for more details. Here's a good informative site:
http://www.bythom.com/cleaning.htm

Good luck!
I will try the blower again tomorrow, it's owned by my school. I might just have to blow harder. I got quoted $75 from the camera shop in my town, but there's a photography trade show this Sunday about 5 miles from my house and they have $25 sensor cleanings.
 

Designer Dale

macrumors 68040
Mar 25, 2009
3,986
99
Folding space
The professional cleaning will be the only thing that will really do the job. It will clean your camera better than just a blower. They take it apart.

Put it back together, too...;)

Dale
 

Cheese&Apple

macrumors 68010
Jun 5, 2012
2,004
6,604
Toronto
Cleaning the sensor yourself is tedious but not difficult with the proper equipment: Sensor swabs, lighted magnifier and bulb blower (purchase as a kit for about $60.00). If you buy the kit from a good camera shop, ask them to show you how to use it properly.

I change lenses frequently and have a D600 so this was my best option.

~ Peter
 

Apple fanboy

macrumors Nehalem
Feb 21, 2012
33,384
22,981
Behind the Lens, UK
Cleaning the sensor yourself is tedious but not difficult with the proper equipment: Sensor swabs, lighted magnifier and bulb blower (purchase as a kit for about $60.00). If you buy the kit from a good camera shop, ask them to show you how to use it properly.

I change lenses frequently and have a D600 so this was my best option.

~ Peter
If your having regular issues with your D600 can't you contact Nikon about getting it replaced. I read on dpreview that some people had there's exchanged for a new 610. One of the guys from work had his shutter replaced (with the one from the D610 so it is virtually the same camera.
 

Cheese&Apple

macrumors 68010
Jun 5, 2012
2,004
6,604
Toronto
If your having regular issues with your D600 can't you contact Nikon about getting it replaced. I read on dpreview that some people had there's exchanged for a new 610. One of the guys from work had his shutter replaced (with the one from the D610 so it is virtually the same camera.
Thanks AFB. I can't say that oil spots have continued to be a problem. I've never had it in to Nikon for service either. At this point, it's really just the usual stuff that gets in as a result of lens changes in a less than perfectly clean environment.

~ Peter