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Sctratched Lense Well I am realizing that i have a scratch on my mirror and I would like to see how I can get it fixed. I am starting a photography business Is there anything that i can do to get it fixed very soon.

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  • Crimsonmoon Apr 07, 2008

    Well it does effect my pictures a lot. there are black spots on my pictures when I take them and print them out. So about 300$ that is retarded but i guess that is what I get for buying a used camera

  • Crimsonmoon Apr 07, 2008

    Okay I will get everything cleaned. Can i just go to a camera store or even do it myself? I have never Had a camera like this before so all of this is new to me.

  • Crimsonmoon Apr 07, 2008

    Thanks I see a nick on the mirror that shouldnt effect the picture right? Unless there is like a grain of sand or dust somewhere I cant see. Thanks again

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Unfortunately, the mirror is part of a larger assembly. Like the D70, the mirror comes with the frame. To replace one, you are probably looking at close to 300$.

That being said, it is unlikely that the scratch will effect photos or performance of the camera

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    Kevin Pettit Apr 07, 2008

    The black spots are from debris on the sensor. You need to get the CCD sensor cleaned. The mirror only deflects the image so you can see your subject through the view finder. It flips up and is not in the image field when you take a picture.

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    Kevin Pettit Apr 07, 2008

    There are DIY kits available to do the cleaning yourself. Put a lens or cap on the camera and dust it off with a soft brush before you start in the mirror box area. You don't want any extra dust.debris on or in the camera before you clean the CCD

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    Kevin Pettit Apr 07, 2008

    a nick in the mirror will not effect your images in any way.


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