What are these specks?

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  1. HIMAN1998 macrumors 6502

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    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.
     

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  2. needfx macrumors 68040

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    it just needs cleaning, take it to a professional, or blow harder and longer until they're gone
     
  3. HIMAN1998 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What would a professional charge to do a cleaning?
     
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    in Greece 30-40 euros, some photography shops do it for 20 euros
     
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    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!
     
  6. HIMAN1998 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  7. KimJonNumberUn macrumors regular

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    turn on the cleaning sensor thing on ur camera......
     
  8. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    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
     
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    If I had a shop I'd offer to take it apart and clean it for free. It's the optional reassembly I'd charge for .... ;)
     
  10. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I don't think the older Rebels/xxxD series have automatic sensor cleaning functions.
     
  14. HIMAN1998 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It does have that, but it just won't get those specks off.
     

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