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« on: May 01, 2012, 02:17:40 AM »

The last two Panasonic cameras we have developed a black dot on the lens.  It was annoying given how much we had spent on the cameras. 

I figured out tonight how to get rid of the black dot.

This is not a joke it works!

http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Digital-Camera-Lens-with-a-Vacuum-Cleaner
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 03:08:23 AM »

Hmmm.  If it works, that's great.

With a DSLR you can buy sensor cleaning kits.  You pull the lens off, lock the mirror up, and essentially swab the sensor off - very very carefully.  If you're a sissy like me you'd take it to the camera store you trust and have them do it, so they replace the sensor if they mess it up.  Of course you're more at risk with a DSLR just because you take the lens off and expose the insides to the world.

With a non-removable lens, you're pretty much stuck, and the camera is rendered pretty worthless if the sensor gets a speck on it, so if this works, great.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 01:09:29 PM »

I thought no way this will work.... I was pissed at having to go get another camera.  I think the major problem with both Pete and I we just throw our cameras around to much on the bikes. 

I am going to get a DSLR this summer just narrowing down my choices.  Will have to be better at handling then.
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 02:58:39 PM »

Glad to hear it worked Maggie.  Serena and I have been thinking of picking up a DSLR as well.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 06:04:07 PM »

Make use of a carrying bag and the lense cover, also, get a filter, it goes over and protects the lense


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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 06:10:59 PM »

That will never happen I need quick access when on the bike.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 06:24:43 PM »

That will never happen I need quick access when on the bike.


Even if you get that DSLR, you'll still want your point-n-shoot hanging on your neck while riding.  No way you can do a DSLR pic while moving.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 07:15:33 PM »

I agree... the DSLR will be tucked under the seat till we stop
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 11:08:42 PM »

cool suggestion/link Maggie
I am careless with my cameras too.
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2012, 05:36:17 AM »

Great tip, one I am sure I will use some day. If the ultra zoom type camera install a UV filter, it's clear, the camera is ready for use and the lens is protected. Filter, cap or bag will not stop dust intrusion into a lens though. It's like Murphy's law, dust isn't suppose to be able to enter the lens, if dust can enter, it will.

Always a pain with a DSLR if you do much lens changing. A tip for cleaning your DSLR mirror and innerds 'Take it to a professional'. OK now that the disclaimer is out of the way, if you should decide to clean your DSLR with canned air, don't hold the canned air and move it around. Set the canned air on a solid surface (table) and move the camera opening around without moving the canned air. It prevents the propellants from turning cold and shooting ice crystals into your delicate camera innards as when shaking the can.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2012, 05:44:41 AM »

don't hold the canned air and move it around

And another great idea is posted.  Thanks.

The guy I took photo classes from had a lot of tips.  One I recall because of this thread is that, when the lens is off, don't point the front of the camera facing anything resembling up.  Hold it at most horizontal, preferable face down.  That way it's harder for dust to fall inside.  And of course don't change your lens in a west Texas dust storm.
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2012, 06:27:13 AM »

Nice tips.
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2012, 05:05:10 PM »

good stuff folks, thanks
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