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Old Apr 1, 2005, 9:44 AM   #1
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I was on a trip to the CA dessert and took some great shots. However, when I got home I realized that the dust that I thought was on the back of the lens (inside the camera body) is actually on the inside of the lens in the zoom mechanism. I cannot get it out. I think that the zooming action's vacuum must have sucked in some dessert sand.

Anyone have any suggestions short of professional cleaning?


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Old Apr 8, 2005, 4:36 PM   #2
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Other than being an annoyance, the dust won't have any effect on your pictures.

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Old Apr 8, 2005, 5:01 PM   #3
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I would recommend you get the lens cleaned by a professional. It's going to cost a bit but you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you lens is not being damaged. If the dust/sand iis in the zoom mechanism, it could cause damage or jam the mechanixm. It probably won't hurt the optics since there is no pressure on the glass. As was already said, it shouldn't affect your pictures.

You didn't say if was actually dust or fine sand. Dust might not be a problem. Sand in any size can be. You be the judge--a couple hundred to clean it vs. a lot more for a new lens.

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