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3 black tiny spots on picture shot with nikon d70s

It's not a fungal on the lens coz the problem occured with different lens.

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Shoot a white wall - this is the best way to identify and localize dust.

Check here for special brushes to clean the sensor
if you are uncomfortable doing this, have it done - pro photo shops offer this service.

It is tempting to touch, blow, use compressed air - DON'T if you like your camera.

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You probably have some dust on the cameras sensor.

There are a couple of sample images of what this looks like here and here.

Dust spots typically have a softish edge to them and affect more than 1 pixel. (if it is just the 1 pixel affected, with a very sharp edge, this could be a defective sensor).

Follow the instructions in the manual for cleaning the sensor. Avoid touching the sensor (unless it is with a specialist sensor cleaning brush) and avoid cans of compressed air; use a hand-blower brush instead.


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