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Old Jun 15, 2009, 4:33 PM   #1
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Can anyone recognize the problem with the smudges in these images? Are these scratches, smudges, or something else? Any way the lens can be fixed. Will a simple cleaning work? Is it time for a new camera? Camera is Fuji F20. Is there a free editing program that can remove the flawswith some kind of a tool?

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Old Jun 15, 2009, 5:31 PM   #2
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I would say that it is dirt on the element closest to the sensor or actually on the sensor itself. I can't tell for sure if they are in the same place or if they move. If they move then it is probably on a lens element. I don't think these are on the outside of the front element (could be wrong) but if they were you could see them. I take if you've cleaned your lens etc?
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I looked at your pics at flickr, and had you said you were using a dslr, I would suspect a dirty sensor. On a fuji f20 I wouldn't automatically suspect a dirty sensor, but that's what it looks like.

Did you drop the camera?

Get it wet?

When did this show up?

You haven't given much info in that regard.

When did you take the last pics that DIDN'T have these blobs, and try to remember what happened out of the ordinary about that time.

If the camera is still under warranty, I would check that out as well, but as others have said in different posts, never admit to anything you did wrong.

Maybe some others will chime in with thoughts/suggestions...Robert
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 5:39 PM   #4
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Mark, you're too fast! LOL
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The spots appear in the same place on each image, and are sharpest at the long focal length (18.1mm) and softest at the short focal length (8mm). My guess is that you've got some dust on or near the rearmost lens element.

If you get your camera cleaned, I think that will fix it.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 6:08 PM   #6
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Hawgwild, I wasn't that fast, it was almost an hour after the post lol.

TCav, I didn't think of checking the focal lengths as I was just in from playing soccer and needed to get a shower but wanted to give an answer. The change in the focal length would explain why they didn't look to be in the same places each time so based on that I would go with the dirt on an element that is moving in the lens.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 6:30 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I bought it in October of 07. Anyone know the warranty period. Would they fix this under warranty? If not, how much would it cost to be cleaned? I tooK some more pictures and they are not in the exact same place every time depending on zoom.

Wow I found someone with the exact same problem. A commenter said fuji wouldn't cover it under warranty and want ed $150 (more than the camera is worth).

heh apparanty a fuji tech told someone to stick the lens i a vacume and turn it on for one second and it worked. Will try it tonight and report back.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/finepix...7594143801904/

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I'd say that, even if the warranty was still in effect, this wouldn't be covered. This isn't a 'materials & workmanship' kind of problem.

Any camera store should be able to do what you need, but, of course, BestBuy and WallyWorld can't help you.
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TCav, I didn't think of checking the focal lengths as I was just in from playing soccer ...
I didn't know they had soccer over there!
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I didn't know they had soccer over there!
We don't, we have football, but for my American friends it saves confusion LOL.
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