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02-18-2014, 08:39 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by PPPPPP42 Quote
Since nobody seems to have directly addressed the fact that your camera only seems to be saving files in raw:

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The camera settings allow you to specify what format, go into the menu and change to JPEG
Your instructions will of course be more helpful than my general suggestion.

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Ah, sorry I missed that, it seemed like most people were suggesting ways to process RAW files without really realizing that the person didn't seem to have actually chosen RAW themself.
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Lots of good advice here that I would agree with - I use Faststone all the time. Also, note that a dirty eyepiece or viewfinder won't cause artifacts on the images. You should take a few shots of uniform walls or bright skies to see whether you end up with specks on the final images.
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I've tried cleaning the view-finder but the specks are still there. I'm convinced it's dirt inside the camera body, on either the glass or the mirror. Need to get hold of a blower. If these 'intruders' are stuck fast (won't blow) what should I consider....will it need a professional clean??

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You can try the wet cleaning swabs they sell.
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You can dampen a cotton swab to clean the viewfinder - damp, not wet. Dip it in water, mostly dry it on a paper towel. Of course this is if the dry cleaning doesn't work. If water alone doesn't work, I'd use eyeglasses cleaning solution or diluted Windex - again, damp cotton swab. Mine gets dirty too - the sling strap I use keeps the lens pointed down, which is nice, but the viewfinder pointed up which isn't.

cleaning the mirror and focus screen is a bit trickier. You're right to try the blower first, but the "lens pen" brushes are also nice. Use them as a static brush - smack the bristles against your hand to build a charge, and try to pick up the bits and smack again to dislodge the particles. You should be able to see specks or scratches if they're there. My K10 had a scratched focus screen. This caused no real problem, but I wound up replacing it with a split-focus screen anyway.
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Does it resemble a "finger print". If so, it most likely is the matte focusing screen you are seeing.
I am an atheist, but will say Lord almighty! God bless you. I cannot thank you enough!!!!!!!!!!!

My brain had gone haywire. I felt like tearing my hair out. I bought a new camera last year. I saw finger print in the viewfinder. I was pretty mad at Pentax for not doing good quality control. I used to see a constant finger print through the viewfinder.

I cleaned the lens, viewfinder several times, last night cleaned the focussing screen thinking it might go away. The last thing I wanted to do was, open the camera and clean the prisms.

Glad I read your post. I think I can now sleep at night.


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