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Old August 24th, 2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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I got a dark spot!

This is a bit off subject but close enough for me:
I have a spot on my Nikon D3100, it is not the lens.
I went into the menu and did the "clean the sensor" option, but it did not help.
It is near the top about 1/3 of the way in from the left, can't miss it on a sky shot like this.

Any ideas?
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Old August 24th, 2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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It seems to be visible in shots that are sky blue. I have shot I did of objects on a withe background and there is no visible blemish. I can't seem to see it any other time.

(I currently doing a bunch of sky/cloud photos, guess that's why I have noticed it now.)
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Old August 24th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #3
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Re: I got a dark spot!

You need to pick up a sensor cleaning swab at a photography store. I've had this on my D600.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 01:44 AM   #4
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Re: I got a dark spot!

That's clearly a dust spot on your sensor, happens a lot to me, especially on my nex-ea50, I always use my arctic butterfly before every shoot to clean the sensor, works very well.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #5
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Re: I got a dark spot!

My d800 had numerous spots that appeared after several time lapse sessions. Some Nikons have an issue with oil getting on the sensor and I wasn't able to clean mine with a cleaning kit in fact that made the spots worse. Nikon fixed it at no charge.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 07:01 AM   #6
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Re: I got a dark spot!

Thanks a lot guys, glad it is just dirt. I did some googling on sensor cleaning and I think I'm going to get someone who knows what they're doing to clean it for me. I didn't pay a lot for this camera but I'm not 100% sure of the process - it seems it is possible to screw things up.

Thanks again!
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