I need help cleaning my camera

6 years 5 months ago #379891 by Sara Jacobson
I have managed to get a piece of hair or lint inside my viewfinder.  I have sprayed it with a can of air, but that didn't work.  How in the world does this get in there to begin with?



Help please.


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6 years 5 months ago #379894 by garyrhook
What camera model?  Are you positive it's in the viewfinder? As in, have you removed the lens and looked inside to see what you can see?


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6 years 5 months ago #379910 by effron
What Gary said, and NEVER spray canned air into your camera......:ohmy:

Why so serious?
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6 years 5 months ago #379914 by Sara Jacobson
Oh dear.  Well it's a Nikon D3200.  I thought canned air was good for all electronics.  That's what I did, I took off the lens and sprayed in side.  But the spot still is on my photos.  Actually it looks worse.  :(  



P.S.  You ever get the bad feeling that you did something wrong?  That's what I feel right now.  :(  


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6 years 5 months ago #379926 by garyrhook
Well, canned air isn't helpful to DSLRs; the manufacturers suggest that it not be used.

That said...

You say viewfinder, but then say there's something in the images. Dirt in the viewfinder will not translater to the image, unless it's something on the lens.

If you didn't lock the mirror up, the sensor was somewhat protected from the canned air, so that's helpful. Therefore: have you locked the mirror up and looked at the sensor? There may be a hair in there that can be easily removed.

What you want is a puffer, like a Rocket Blaster, for blowing air into the camera. Same as your breath, but without moisture.

Also, remove the lens from the body and take a picture. Still there? If so, then there's probably something on the sensor and it's time to learn to clean your sensor.

Above all, Don't Panic.



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6 years 5 months ago #379988 by Sawyer
Good advice from Gary  :agree:

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6 years 5 months ago #379997 by Alan Nunez
+1 what Gary said. If you are not comfortable cleaning your sensor then take it to Nikon & they will do it for you.


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6 years 5 months ago #380025 by Flash Steven
That's correct, from what I understand (I'm Canon) Nikon has a good service department that can take care of you.  That might be a good option here.  

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6 years 5 months ago #380059 by effron
Send it to Nikon for a CLA. It usually costs forty bucks or so and they clean, lube, adjust and upgrade any firmware needed. It will return as new....;)

Why so serious?
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6 years 5 months ago #380165 by Frost Photography

effron wrote: What Gary said, and NEVER spray canned air into your camera......:ohmy:


+2 canned air will only make a mess of things 

"The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera."
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6 years 5 months ago #380170 by Joves
And if now you have spots that you see in the VF is from the compressed air. Those cans of air are notoriously dirty with oils. I do not even use them on my PC boards. If the spots are not showing up in your images then you can either live with seeing them, or not. If you cannot then get it serviced somewhere reputable. 


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6 years 5 months ago #380275 by Luca
:agree:    I just learned about that too! 


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6 years 5 months ago #380327 by Blake Vogt
I just made a post about lens cleaning too.  Note to self, don't spray directly on glass! 


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