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12-27-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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New K30 (and a little dust?)

Hi folks - I'm a new K-30 user. Bought the camera and 18-55mm lens in October. Just got the 50mm F1.8 for Xmas. Taking an "intro to photography class" and learning all sorts of stuff. Found a spec of dust on my pix during my "shoot the egg" lesson in class. It's still there using the new lens, so am assuming it's on the sensor. After class is finished (mid-Jan) I'll send it in for a warranty cleaning, which scares the heck out of me. But enjoying the camera so far.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slronald Quote
Hi folks - I'm a new K-30 user. Bought the camera and 18-55mm lens in October. Just got the 50mm F1.8 for Xmas. Taking an "intro to photography class" and learning all sorts of stuff. Found a spec of dust on my pix during my "shoot the egg" lesson in class. It's still there using the new lens, so am assuming it's on the sensor. After class is finished (mid-Jan) I'll send it in for a warranty cleaning, which scares the heck out of me. But enjoying the camera so far.
If you do not know what you are doing, attempting to clean your camera's sensor yourself would be far scarier than sending it out to get professionally cleaned.
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Dust Buster?

Hello slronald, welcome to the forum!
Cleaning a sensor isn't really hard, it's routine maintenance. DSLR's are dust magnets and changing lenses is the usual (and unavoidable) problem.
Before sending the lens in, I'd suggest purchasing a 'Rocket Blower' and giving the sensor a few good blasts. You probably will save yourself a trip to the post office and a long wait to get your camera back.
Post # 3 here is the usual 4-step process for normal sensor cleaning, usually # 1 and 2 are all that's needed. A professional clean is a last resort, not the first option. Take good care of your gear, be careful when changing lenses and you may never have to send it anywhere!
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/120-general-technical-troubleshooting/246...ts-sensor.html
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Ron - Thanks for the idea - I might try the rocket blower. I tried the camera's "give it a good shake" sensor cleaning method and that did nothing.
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I'd suggest purchasing a 'Rocket Blower'
Welcome and +1 on this suggestion, it's surprising what a good job it can do at times.
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Hello slronald, welcome to the forum!
Cleaning a sensor isn't really hard, it's routine maintenance. DSLR's are dust magnets and changing lenses is the usual (and unavoidable) problem.
Before sending the lens in, I'd suggest purchasing a 'Rocket Blower' and giving the sensor a few good blasts. You probably will save yourself a trip to the post office and a long wait to get your camera back.
Post # 3 here is the usual 4-step process for normal sensor cleaning, usually # 1 and 2 are all that's needed. A professional clean is a last resort, not the first option. Take good care of your gear, be careful when changing lenses and you may never have to send it anywhere!
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/120-general-technical-troubleshooting/246...ts-sensor.html
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I got myself a rocket blower, drove away my fears, and sure enough that big ugly spot of dust is GONE! Thanks for the suggestion - it feels like a new camera again.
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feels like a new camera again
A good result then.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slronald Quote
Hi folks - I'm a new K-30 user. Bought the camera and 18-55mm lens in October. Just got the 50mm F1.8 for Xmas. Taking an "intro to photography class" and learning all sorts of stuff. Found a spec of dust on my pix during my "shoot the egg" lesson in class. It's still there using the new lens, so am assuming it's on the sensor. After class is finished (mid-Jan) I'll send it in for a warranty cleaning, which scares the heck out of me. But enjoying the camera so far.
I'm glad it turned out well! As I became a prime lens devotee, I realized that my sensor bore the brunt of my need to change lenses often. Now I never leave home with my rocket blower!
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As I became a prime lens devotee
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