Ugh... Dirty Sensor.

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JDBabyHopes's picture
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Ugh... Dirty Sensor.

I was taking a few pictures of DS today when I noticed there was a blackish gray blob in the bottom right corner of all of my shots!! After panicking for a bit and doing a bit of Googling, I've come to realize I have a dirty sensor! Of course, me being the blonde I am, took my lens off and lightly dusted the pieces right there on the inside (I have no idea what those pieces are... they look like glass), only to make it worse! Now I can SEE dust particles when I focus. :doh: At least they're not showing up on my images just yet, though.

Anyhow, this is the WORST timing ever! A friend of mine just had her first baby a few weeks ago and asked me to take pictures tomorrow! So now what? I have a gray blob in the bottom of all of my pictures! Do I cancel? Do I shoot and just edit them all out? Everything I've read on sensor cleaning seems too advanced for me, though I hate the thought of taking it somewhere and out a camera for several days. I put my camera (Rebel XT) in clean mode, and you can SEE the spec on my sensor. So I know that's what's causing the blob in my pictures, but I obviously don't dare touch it.

What do you ladies do? I've read a lot on the Copperhill Method.

TIA!

Joined: 10/26/01
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I've never faced this, so I don't know that I'll be much help. Is there a local camera shop you could visit to see if they could clean it for you?

if it's only in one corner, I would probably go ahead w/ the shoot. There is such a small window to get good newborn shots - just make sure you compose with enough room to crop it out or have material to clone it out with.

Best,
GiGi

CJWilkes's picture
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You take it into a trusted camera shop and have them clean it for you. I have it happen all the time because I often switch my lenses and shoot at beaches a lot!

JDBabyHopes's picture
Joined: 02/16/09
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Thanks! I went to take pictures yesterday and the spot is gone!! I was happy about that! I guess it loosened itself up? I'm sure it will reappear eventually! Either way, I called a few local camera shops and found the best one to take my camera to when it finally really needs a cleaning! Of course the one 5 minutes from me sends them away to the manufacturer and charges $100 for a "firmware" upgrade, or something. And then I'm out a camera 2-5 weeks! Thankfully there is a place about 40 minutes from me that does it in house (I can wait for it!) for $60.

At least it's gone for now! Smile

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YAY!

GiGi

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So glad the problem fixed itself, don't you love it when that happens! Smile