Dust in camera and mould in lens :(

2 months 2 weeks ago #683712 by J-Nieve-
Hi all, 

I've had a Canon 1100D (EOS rebel T3) for a number of years and used it at a very beginner level, and only just started learning more about the more technical side of photography and equipment. 
I've now upgraded to slightly better gear, and selling the 1100D as cheap used gear. 

During cleaning and inspecting the camera I found theres actually quite a bit of contamination somewhere between the viewfinder and the sensor.. The viewfinder glass has been cleaned multiple times, and I also cleaned the sensor using sensor cleaning fluid and APS-C cleaning swab, but all the dirt specs visible through the viewfinder are still present! I can see the same dirt specks with or without lens, so its definitely in the camera body itself. Any ideas on how I can solve this, without taking it into a professional service shop?

Also I thought I had minor scratches on the kit lens surface.. but I learned about mould in lens and upon closer inspection, the little 'scratches' are actually microscopically thin threads of white fungus. I've had that fungus sitting there for a long while and its been the same size for a long time now, so I dont believe its still growing. Are there any options on removing this, or is it basically a write-off? 

Neither the dirt specks or mould are visible in photos... Is it worth selling these for anything more than for parts?


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2 months 2 weeks ago #683732 by garyrhook
Both problems require serious cleaning, which includes disassembly. It may not be worth the expense, which depends upon the worth of the equipment.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #683746 by icepics
I've always understood that not much can be done about mold. I suppose you could search for suggestions but I guess if nothing else with your new equipment think about storage to avoid it in the future. (Where I live in this climate mold is not usually an issue.) I suppose you could probably sell it as a parts camera and show/mention the mold issue.

Sharon
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2 months 1 week ago #683820 by J-Nieve-

garyrhook wrote: Both problems require serious cleaning, which includes disassembly. It may not be worth the expense, which depends upon the worth of the equipment.


Thanks, yeah getting it service cleaned definitely wont be worth it, as sits such a low end beginner model. 

Just curious if anyone knows where the dust in the body might be? Not on sensor, not on viewfinder surface, and I've never stored the camera body without a lens mounted on it.. How could so much contamination have happened within the interior of the body, and which surface could it be on?


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2 months 1 week ago #683821 by J-Nieve-

icepics wrote: I've always understood that not much can be done about mold. I suppose you could search for suggestions but I guess if nothing else with your new equipment think about storage to avoid it in the future. (Where I live in this climate mold is not usually an issue.) I suppose you could probably sell it as a parts camera and show/mention the mold issue.


Thanks, will definitely be taking better care with storage with the new camera set.. The mould is likely from my previous residences when I was living in damp homes (widespread in my country) as a student


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