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Old Oct 8, 2012, 2:16 PM   #1
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Default Blurred spot on all photos, what's wrong with my lens?! (fz35)

I've got a couple of blurry spots that have started showing up in all my photos. I thought I was doing a good job of keeping my lens clean, but this has me stymied.

This photo shows quite clearly where the blurry spots are. Does anyone have any ideas what might be causing it or ideas to edit them out?

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Old Oct 8, 2012, 3:12 PM   #2
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Those spots could be some dust inside the lens- and possibly closer to the rear of the lens as opposed to the front.
They may also be due to dust on the sensor- though on both counts you may well ask how it got in there...!!
Alas,even fixed lens cameras are not infallible to the dust problems...
Photoshop's "Clone" tool is my weapon of choice in such situations...
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Old Oct 8, 2012, 3:43 PM   #3
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G'day niff

To see all the 'spots', try this ...
a) set Aperture mode and f8 [smallest f stop]
b) point the camera to the blank blue sky and take several photos
c) examine the results

By shooting against a blank sky, all spots should become visible ~ whereas at the moment [in the example you have posted] they could be hidden in the details at the lower part of the frame

Then you will have a 100% idea of the extent of the 'problem' and if it is a problem, then you have something to show the repair centre

Hope this helps
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Old Oct 8, 2012, 4:02 PM   #4
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Those spots could be some dust inside the lens- and possibly closer to the rear of the lens as opposed to the front.
They may also be due to dust on the sensor- though on both counts you may well ask how it got in there...!!
Alas,even fixed lens cameras are not infallible to the dust problems...
Photoshop's "Clone" tool is my weapon of choice in such situations...
Wow, that looks fantastic! I guess I had better figure out how to use the clone tool.

It didn't occur to me there may be dust inside the lens, although it makes perfect sense since 90% of the photos I take are of horses so there is no shortage of dust where ever I go...

Thank you!

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G'day niff

To see all the 'spots', try this ...
a) set Aperture mode and f8 [smallest f stop]
b) point the camera to the blank blue sky and take several photos
c) examine the results

By shooting against a blank sky, all spots should become visible ~ whereas at the moment [in the example you have posted] they could be hidden in the details at the lower part of the frame

Then you will have a 100% idea of the extent of the 'problem' and if it is a problem, then you have something to show the repair centre

Hope this helps
Regards, Phil
Great suggestion, Phil. I appreciate your response.

I also took a peek at your photos, they are lovely!
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Old Oct 8, 2012, 7:09 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forums, Niff! Great photo, especially with the spot gone!
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Welcome to the forums, Niff! Great photo, especially with the spot gone!
Thank you for the nice welcome, Carol! I figured out how to use the clone feature, so it's really easy to get rid of the blurry mark, and I'm no longer stressing.

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Old Oct 9, 2012, 6:28 PM   #8
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Glad you're able to clone the spot(s) out; would be nice for us to figure out what is causing them.

You'll feel right at home here, with the friendly, helpful folks; it's a wonderful forum!
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