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1 round fog spot on photos

Last December I purchased a Nikon D80. I've noticed lately that there is a perfect round spot just left off center in my photos with light background or light colored subjects. (Looks like fog, but perfectly round) I thought I had a spot on my lens and cleaned it thoroughly. It is still there. I have 3 lenses so I took the same picture with each lens and there it was on all 3 photos. This is obviously within the camera. Could it possibly be a smudge on the mirror inside and if so should I clean it myself? If not a smudge any other ideas as to what this may be? Your thoughts and expertise would be greatly appreciated.

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It may be condensation from extreme condition changes such as from a hot day outside into an air conditioned building or a similar situation. Try leaving it in a bin of rice for half a week (it may take longer). The air is dry enough from the rice that it'll soak up the moisture. If it doesn't go away then buy a micro-fiber cloth cleaning kit and ever so gently clean the mirror yourself. Just remember where all the screws go and don't force anything out or back into place no matter what. If you have a warranty check if it covers it but slim chance. if you open it up then your warranty is void. If they can even notice...

Posted on Jun 27, 2008


Mm i have a canon powershot s5 is and i dropped it in the mall one day then turned it on and had this little black squiggly on every photo, and i cleaned it and everything and it wouldnt come off, so i thought i would have to have it professionally cleaned, (which [by the way] i think you should try) but then this girl accidently dropped it again and i turned it on and the squiggly disappeared so i dont know if that helps you or not but you should try having it professionally cleaned, it might cost a bit though, good luck, cheers.

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