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Dust specks on lens.

How can you remove dust from the lens inside.Does the camera have to be taken apart or is there a simple solution.

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  • blahblahblax Apr 24, 2008

    yes, I can't believe only 2 people have this problem. I take pretty good care of my camera gear too. Dust is actually under some type of thin front lens! What a stupid design!

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008


    My camera also has lots of dust bits INSIDE the lens. And I've only owned it for a year and a half!! Is there a way to get the dust out?

  • tyau Jul 08, 2008

    I have this problem, but no real solution other than to send it to a shop for repair. Most shops, though, cannot do this properly.

    May be better off finding a new camera. Honestly.

  • Anonymous Jul 09, 2008

    My FZ7 also has a layer of dust in the lens interior, the zoom is also a bit rough at times. Other than a slightly rough zooming and a dusty-looking lens, my camera is just fine. (I have had it for almost two years).

    Here's what I do to slow down dust from getting into the lens:

    I attached the plastic hood adapter that came included with the camera, then I screwed on a UV Haze-1 filter.

    Attaching a UV filter to a FZ7 not only slows down dust from getting inside, it also protects the lens from bumps and scratches.

    A UV filter can also prolong the imaging sensor's life.

  • Anonymous Jul 12, 2008

    No blahblahblax,


    Other, if not most cameras have dust in their lenses.



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Sensor cleaning on your model is a job for professional technicians only and therefore not cheap. Dismantling your camera to get at the sensor requires specialist skills and knowledge and due to the small sensor size it must ideally be done in a sealed room with high levels of dust extraction if you want to avoid making the problem worse.

Any attempt at unauthorised disassembly will also invalidate any warranty you may still enjoy; even if the original warranty has expired there are sometimes camera faults which later arise that manufacturers have been known to retrospectively extend the warranty for so you potentially lose those rights as well.

A safer alternative is to use a supersonic vibration cleaner on the camera. These are sold to the public and to jewellers/opticians as a means of cleaning without chemicals and are usually filled with water, but you can find one with a large enough bed to sit your camera in and then it can be used dry. Your camera must be switched off when you try this, and must sit on it's base. The latter allows the dust to fall downwards and get trapped on the internal sticky dust trap built into your camera. If the camera is oriented any other way then you may dislodge trapped dust which may then fall onto the sensor. If you cannot find a suitable supersonic cleaning bath then you may even find that a ******** (yes, I DO mean the adult toy) set on it's fastest setting will achieve the same result. You need one that vibrates, not one that resembles an industrial jack-hammer...

Failing all that your only remaining option is to just accept that you're going to have to process out the artefact on every shot until it eventually falls off the sensor of it's own accord (no guarantee that it will though).

Good luck, and please take a moment to rate my reply.

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