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Old Jul 30, 2004, 5:22 PM   #1
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Hi all

I have a Nikon D70, which i have been using for motocross photography, at the track, there can be allot of dust kicked up by the bikes. I have heard of stories of people getting dust on the sensor, is this very common ??? Is it a serious issue ??? Can this be removed easily/cheaply ???

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Old Jul 30, 2004, 9:35 PM   #2
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Dust has always been an issue for cameras. With digital cameras it is an even greater possiblity due to the electrostatic properties of the sensor. Using a camera in dusty conditions you describe will obviously increase the potential to experience dust issues. Changing lenses in such conditions increases it further.

Dust on the sensor will result in spots on your images which, if small, can be cloned out during post processing. Dust can be cleaned from a sensor relatively easily. You can have it done professionally or do it yourself.

To minimize the effects of dust, turn off your camera prior to changing lenses. Have the replacement lens ready to go on the camera to minimize the amount of time the inside of the camera is exposed to the elements. Change lenses in areas where there is minimum chances of debris flying into the camera. Basically, common sense prevails.

Dust will happen. It is not an issue that you should fear, but one that you need to be aware of and also how to remedy it.
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Old Jul 31, 2004, 4:34 AM   #3
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Cheers ohenry, just got worried as to the severity of having dust on the sensor. Ultimately if it can be remedied, it is not a serious issue. Cheers again.
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It's annoying more than anything. Here's a picI took after a morning of trying out several lenses. I couldn't be bothered cloning out all those suckers as this is a "low value" shot to me.


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Old Jul 31, 2004, 5:22 AM   #5
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Thats quite serious, in that picture onyx, how did you sort that out ???Professionally ?? DIY ??
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If you are really concerned (and you plan to change lenses a lot), get the Olympus E-1...it's self cleaning, and it has rubber seals to keep moisture out of camera. Now the cleaning mechanism won't clean mud off the sensor, but if you plan your lens before you get the camera dirty that won't be a problem anyway.

One Oly rep who's supposed to test the cameras to the extreme put his in the shower for 20 minutes, and the next day used it to shoot an F-1 race.

Here's Page 2 of Steve's review of the E-1 which shows the 65 rubber gaskets and the wave filter CCD cleaner.
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Old Aug 1, 2004, 4:04 AM   #7
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Thank you everyone for your replies ....... still very concerned bout this issue.
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Thank you everyone for your replies ....... still very concerned bout this issue.
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