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Old Jun 16, 2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Last weekend, I went to new Orleans, spent the night and came back through Biloxi. I took a bunch of pictures before I noticed this large, cigar shaped blob on my picture. When I aimed the camera at the sky, and zoomed out long, I could see it on the LCD. So I knew it had to be on the sensor or the lens. Here is a pic of what it looked like:



So I tried blowing at the lens with compressed air, and then a small, hand-held vacuum, to no avail. Then I took it out to my shop and pulled the nozzle off my shop vac. See picture below.



I turned the vac on, and while holding it ovar the lens, I turned the camera on. The shop vac has plenty of suction, but is it up to the task of sucking a dust blob from within a ZS8? See next pic for the unbelievable conclusion to this story.



All gone! Looked for it real hard, can't find it. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this procedure, but it worked for me, so proceed at your own risk...
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Old Jun 17, 2012, 4:09 PM   #2
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You were very lucky, because this was a potentially dangerous procedure!
Glad the problem is solved ok!!
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Alex, when you have a blob the size of that one, you know the "fix" might be dangerous. I was all set to buy a new camera, so this was a happy ending.
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