Sensor Spots on D800

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dosecreative
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Posted Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:30PM
Is anybody having problem with sensor spots? I have a lots of spots in the upper left corner. It really only shows up on a full frame lens and is really visibile in blue sky. I just got the camera two months ago and have been very carefull. Contacted Nikon but they said this is not covered under warranty.
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Posted Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:36PM

Everyone (IMO) has sensor spots!  


It depends what you mean by "lots" of them - if they are really bad and cannot be removed by a few puffs from a blower, then you might have a case that the camera was unfit for purpose as supplied, and insist that Nikon clean the sensor.  But it might be less hassle to try the air-blower solution first.


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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:27AM
it is 'normal' to get sensor sports (specs of dust on sensor) after several lens changes. You need to learn how to clean it yourself, both with a dust blower (I use Giotto) and Sensor brush ( I use something like this). Never clean camera or lens with compressed (canned) air!
ClarkandCompany
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:48AM
Why don't you use the built in sensor cleaning function? I have mine set so that everytime I turn the camera on it cleans the sensor.
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:27AM
I don't know anything about that particular camera but I'd assume that, like every other DSLR, a Giotto Rocket blower would easily be able to get rid of 98% of any dust spots you get on it. Failing that, the Arctic Butterfly brushes work well and I would definitely recommend you buy a sensor loupe so you can see what you're doing when cleaning the sensor.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:27AM

There's no amount of prudence in the field which will eliminate the possibility of running into sensor spots. You can even avoid changing your lens altogether and they will find a way in all the same. Sometimes it takes months, sometimes just a single outing is enough.


We just have to get used to cleaning our sensor from time to time.


 
mlwinphotoCLOSED
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:13AM

I've found the sensor cleaning function (sensor shake) to be very effective with the D800.  I've programmed mine to do its thing when I turn the camera on and off.  I point the camera down when doing so to allow any dust, etc. to fall off the sensor.


In the 6 months I've had the D800 I've had two "spots" I've needed to clone out of images so I would say it works very well. 


As I'm sure you know there are several things you can do to minimize the possibiiity of dust getting on the sensor such as making sure the camera is off when you change lenses, pointing the camera down when you mount and remove lenses, making sure the rear element of the lens you are mounting is free of dust, etc.  Of course, depending on the enviroment you are shooting in some dust will be impossible to avoid.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:31AM

I have used the rocket blower and done the sensor cleaning in camera. The spots do not move. I would say probably 20 - 30 spots all in the upper left corner. I heard that this might be oil from the shutter.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:25PM
You need to use the wet method. I use dust-aid wand kit when can't shift with blower.... See here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX67L2SipLY
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:39PM
Stick your camera in aperture priority mode and shoot a blank piece of paper at f/22. That will show up all the evil things you have on your sensor. At worst I deal with half a dozen little spots if I've been remiss at using the blower. But 20 to 30 sounds like a whole different issue to regular dust spot hygiene.

Looks like it may need a wet clean. If you're not confident about doing it yourself, many better camera stores have a cleaning service, for a price.
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Posted Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:52AM
Not sure if this is relevant http://nikonrumors.com/2012/11/13/dpreview-confirms-the-dust-spots-on-the-nikon-d600-sensor.aspx/#more-48562
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Posted Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:34PM
If D800 is pretty recent purchase, I'd question dusts on the lens itself (inside).

When I got D800, I took pictures with 24-70mm lens and it had 5-10 sensor dust spots surprisingly. Took the picture with my macro lens and spots were magically gone. (They were shot at same setting)

Long story short, the dust spots were from the lens and not the camera.

If you tried 2-3 different full frame lens and all the pictures show spots on the exact same place, then I'd guess it's the camera sensor issue, but if the location of the spots change, it could be the lens.

Now how do I get rid of dusts inside lens? Do I need to send it to Nikon?
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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:36PM
Posted By traveler1116:
Not sure if this is relevant http://nikonrumors.com/2012/11/13/dpreview-confirms-the-dust-spots-on-the-nikon-d600-sensor.aspx/#more-48562
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Interesting!!  I just got a new D600 about 2 1/2 weeks ago & have been very frustrated with these darned spots.  I ordered it from B & H....was debating about contacting them about the problem now I see I am not alone.  I only have one lens so I haven't had it off or changed it since I got the thing...I couldn't imagine how I got so many spots...there are SEVERAL and they have been on every image that I've taken so far. sad


(Edited on 2012-11-16 17:37:59 by LeeAnnWhite)
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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:28PM
I remember when I bought my first Nikon D200 (years ago).  Had lots of dust spots right from the beginning.  Took it to my Nikon Service Center and they confirmed that the AA filter was spattered with oil.  They wet cleaned it for me and I never had any further problems.
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Posted Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:25PM
Posted By LeeAnnWhite:

Posted By traveler1116:
Not sure if this is relevant http://nikonrumors.com/2012/11/13/dpreview-confirms-the-dust-spots-on-the-nikon-d600-sensor.aspx/#more-48562
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Interesting!!  I just got a new D600 about 2 1/2 weeks ago & have been very frustrated with these darned spots.  I ordered it from B & H....was debating about contacting them about the problem now I see I am not alone.  I only have one lens so I haven't had it off or changed it since I got the thing...I couldn't imagine how I got so many spots...there are SEVERAL and they have been on every image that I've taken so far. sad



(Edited on 2012-11-16 17:37:59 by LeeAnnWhite)

LeeAnn;  there have been several reports of sensor spots on the new D600's.....primarily oil rather than dust. If I remember correctly Nikon had the same issue with the D7000....seems like there is always something with new Nikon releases lately.....although I wouldn't give up my D800 for anything.
LeeAnnWhite
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Posted Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:45AM
Just updating the D600 sensor spot issue.  I have contacted Nikon.  While sensor spots are not normally covered under warranty they acknowledged that this IS a known problem with this particular model and they WILL clean the sensor for free (but I have to pay for shipping on my end to send it in to them).  I have to submit some images to them first that show the spots before they'll accept it.  But that shouldn't be too hard to do - they're on pretty much every image but they show up more on some than others depending on the image.   (Shows up pretty bad in sky shots.)  They said that only their 2 authorized repair centers are authorized to do the cleanings - so even a local Nikon dealer would not be authorized to perform a cleaning.  Sigh.  I hate to deal with this whole return thing BUT at the same time it's annoying to constantly have these same 10 or so spots show up in every single image.  Better to get it fixed NOW...
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Posted Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:02AM
^ I understand that the spots tend to be in a certain area of the sensor (see here). Is it your understanding that this will re-occur or is it a one time thing from the factory?
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Posted Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:17PM
Posted By wdstock:
^ I understand that the spots tend to be in a certain area of the sensor (see here). Is it your understanding that this will re-occur or is it a one time thing from the factory?

Yes, I have seen that.  They are primarily in the upper left corner area.  I don't know if they will recur again once they're cleaned...I guess time will tell once I get it cleaned.  I am just glad that whenever I called Nikon they were willing to own up to the problem and admitted they knew about it.  I was afraid I'd have to fight to get help so although this will be a hassle I am relieved that Nikon stood behind their product on this one.
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Posted Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:39PM
Posted By LeeAnnWhite:

Posted By wdstock:
^ I understand that the spots tend to be in a certain area of the sensor (see here). Is it your understanding that this will re-occur or is it a one time thing from the factory?


Yes, I have seen that.  They are primarily in the upper left corner area.  I don't know if they will recur again once they're cleaned...I guess time will tell once I get it cleaned.  I am just glad that whenever I called Nikon they were willing to own up to the problem and admitted they knew about it.  I was afraid I'd have to fight to get help so although this will be a hassle I am relieved that Nikon stood behind their product on this one.

I wonder if it would help to shoot as many frames as you can between now and the time you send it in to get as much of the oil off wherever it's coming from in order to reduce the possibility of a recurrence??
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