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11-07-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Opinion on whether sensor is bonkered

This is after a $75 professional sensor/mirror cleaning at a very reputable shop.



This is what is causing my interest in a new camera body. Made the mistake of changing lenses on a farm.

11-07-2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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That just looks like a dirty sensor. They ripped you off. (Mirror does not affect image, btw.)
11-07-2012, 11:49 PM   #3
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Show them this picture and get your $75 back.
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Spend said refund on:
Pentax Image Sensor Cleaning Kit, O-ICK1

AKA "the sensor gumby wand"

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What did it look like before cleaning?
I would get a wet cleaning kit and go at it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxian_tmb Quote
This is after a $75 professional sensor/mirror cleaning at a very reputable shop. This is what is causing my interest in a new camera body. Made the mistake of changing lenses on a farm.
Nothing that a wet clean by someone that knows what they are doing would not fix.


11-08-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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Took it back over lunch break.....Tech had no explanation other than the dust removal may have shaken out some residual dust...doing another cleaning for free.
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Took it back over lunch break.....Tech had no explanation other than the dust removal may have shaken out some residual dust...doing another cleaning for free.
That is a BS answer if I ever heard one!

11-08-2012, 01:51 PM   #9
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Thats how I felt as well.; But, if he is going to redo it for free, all is well. People mess up sometimes; the important thing is if they fix it and make it right.
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Maybe they didn't clean it at all and thought they did? A wet cleaning, even not done well, would not look like you showed which is clearly a lot of dirt. Or maybe they are right -- I think you mentioned a farm? If the whole box is filled with crap and they just wiped the sensor...
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When I picked it up the first time, he said the sensor was scuffed in the upper right hand corner (stupid user error)......which is why i was doing the test shots..but none of those look like scuff marks.
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So, I picked up the camera again today. They re-cleaned at no additional charge. All i have had time for is a flash shot of the wall. Nothing obvious on the LCD review screen. The note to the camera said there is a scuff on the IR filter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by calsan Quote
Spend said refund on:
Pentax Image Sensor Cleaning Kit, O-ICK1

AKA "the sensor gumby wand"
I got the O-ICK1 - great decision. Only used it once so far.
11-10-2012, 09:37 AM   #14
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Promaster (generic brand carried at some camera chains) also make a gummy sensor cleaner like that -- works good. Actually the Promaster one is nicer -- comes with two wands of different sizes in a case. Won't substitute for a wet cleaning for "splotches", but will get rid of those stubborn particles. I use a combination of methods, but this thing is always the finishing touch.

Found a link:

Amazon.com: Promaster Systempro CCD/Cmos Sensor CLeaner: Camera & Photo
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