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30D spot problems

My Canon 30D has suddenly begun capturing dark spots when shooting scenery or interiors that have consistently blank color areas in the upper regions. I've tried cleaning the mirror, and it happens with each of my 3 lenses, so it can't be a lens issue. Any ideas?

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Here are a couple of links to Canon 30D data
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I was thinking that you could use the built in
flash feature,and or backlighting to highlight
existing background

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Sounds like dust on the sensor, which is a rather common problem, but not too hard to fix.

The best way to clean it, completely, is to use what's called the "copperhill method" - that requires a cleaning kit, which you can get here:

http://www.copperhillimages.com/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=3

It also comes with detailed instructions.

However, if you'd like to try to do it more cheaply, you can try cleaning it with canned air: Set the camera to sensor cleaning mode and hold it with the sensor facing down. Then blow on the sensor at each corner, wait a moment, then blow middle. This will get some dust out of the way, but it mostly just pushes it to the sides of the sensor, where it's less likely to be in the way. Eventually, you'll have to get the kit listed above.

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Hi,

Have you tried cleaning the sensor? Cause this could be causing the spots. There are good guides on how to do it here and here. If cleaning doesn't help, you can try updating the firmware of the camera and in the worst case scenario, the sensor has malfunctioned (which I hope is not the case). Good luck!

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