Nikon DSLR and dust

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  1. yorkshirecath

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    Hi guys

    I have a Nikon D50 with standard AF-S Nikon 18-55 mm lens. Also have an AF 70-300mm lens.
    When using both lenses i can see lots of dust through the viewfinder and gets lots of black spots on pictures. Have tried cleaning but don't know actually where the dust is as i can never seem to get rid of it.
    Any tried and tested methods of cleaning or a kit i should consider?

    Thanks
     
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    I used a Rocket Blower with the D50. Put the mirror in the locked open position (somewhere in the menu) and give it a good blast. I did nothing more than that and it seem to work.

    There are other 'wet' methods too with swabs and liquids etc.
     
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    The dust you see through the viewfinder is not the dust that you see on your photos. the dust on your photos is on the glass filter that covers the sensor.

    This article will give you more info on cleaning etc.
     
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    There could be dust in/on your lenses - mirror and sensor.

    Its a fairly simple job to shift it. I gave up on the rocket blower after it failed to move some fairly large specs on mine. I bought some sensor swabs and sorted it myself. All very easy and simple.
    Have a search through this forum to find a how-to guide, and various places that sell the swabs - around £10-£15
     
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    Actually, to be precise...

    Sharp specks of dust in the viewfinder are on the focussing screen at the top of the mirror chamber

    More fuzzy dust in the viewfinder is probably on the mirror or rear lens element

    dust blobs on pics is most likely on the sensor, but could be on the rear lens element.

    As already stated, use a rocket blower, but be warned that you'll move a lot of dust from A to B! If it's really bad, a professional chamber clean isn't very expensive.
     
  6. yorkshirecath

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    If i took the cam and lenses to jessops could they clean them for me?
     
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    No, you really need a specialist, and I don't think there are any local to you. Jessops won't touch it with a barge pole.

    For a proper job, I'd suggest you send it to these guys...

    Repairs

    £32.20 for a clean, and they do insured returns.

    Alternatively get a rocket blower and you'll probably need a wet cleaning kit to do a decent job yourself.
     

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