How do I clean the spots off the inside of my lens? Cleaning the outside of the lens does not remove the spots that appear on the photos. Do I have to send the camera to Sony to open the lens to clean it?
I have done this, and I would like to add some suggestions for the P100 procedure as described in:
1) Decide if you want to leave the battery in.
Pro: Lets you check your work before you re-assemble.
Con: Do not press the power button while you are working on it or the lens will pop out and upset your work.
2) The LCD disengages from the left side first, looking at the back of the camera. Use a tiny flat blade screwdriver in the latch hole to pop the latch. The smallest of force is required. If you are muscling it, stop before you break soemthing.
3) The metal plate disengages from the bottom first. Use two small flat blades, one to disengage the latch, the other to lift the plate. This may be difficult due to some adhesive on the mylar circuit to the left of the latch. Lift the latch and rotate it slightly clockwise to unhook the top right tang. Remove.
4) After cleaning, put the last two screws back (CCD Screws), power the camera on, and set zoom to 3X. Point the camera at a white card and check the LCD display? Dots gone? No, then open the CCD and blow some more with the bike pump.
5) DO NOT TOUCH THE OBJECTIVE LENS or THE CCD Surface.
6) Remember to carefully position the packing over the objective before you re-assemble. Push it, do not drag it. This reduces the probability that you will scratch the objective with the pusher (screwdriver).
7) Perfectionist will want to wear surgical gloves to prevent fingerprints on the metal plate etc.
Overall I rate this procedure "minor technical competence required". Go slow and work carefully and you might be surprised how easy it is to do.
The result is definitely worth the effort.
I did notice a lot of dust particles trapped between variuos layers of the lenses by using a flashlight on the objective from the CCD side. They do not seem to impair the image, other that very vauge and light shadows which appear to be swamped by any image except possibly blue sky.
Note to Sony: A rubber seal would have gone a long way here. What the heck were you thinking?
At your own risk, you can take your camera apart and remove the dust from the CCD. Try to do this in a place where ther is no dust. A clean room would be ideal of course.
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Re: Spots on lens
There is no other way
At least if it is a young camera they will do it free.
But more importantly do the spots show in your images?
Air bubbles and spots on lens elements do not as a rule show because the lens is not photoing its own innards so to speak.
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Most of the time you see "spots" on your pictures, they are induced by dust on the sensor. Nothing to panic about, it happens in all camera's where you can switch lenses, like in your 60D.
To make sure what I tell, you can make a dust retention picture.
Pot your camera in manual, or Aperture priority. Put the lens (any lens you own) to highest aperture number (22 or higher). Switch to manual focus and turn it to infinity. Then make a picture, from a with sheet of parer, with lots of light.
The picture that you made, can be viewed on your computer. To start zoom in, to the place you last saw "spots" I think you can see blurry spots around there.
To get these spots away, you could go to a service centre, but you also could try to remove them yourself. In your manual, you will find how you can put the mirror up and how to opener the camera shutter for cleaning. With a special brush and a bellow, toy can remove most of the dust on your sensor. Sometimes debris will not come lose when you try, then you could try a "wet" cleaning.
Don't use brushes you have at home. Use special tools made for camera's. That also goes for the wet cleaning. Everything in the camera is very delicate, so handle it with care.
If you don't trust yourself, goto a service centre. But be aware dirt on the sensor will happen more then once. If you are young, learn it yourself.
The dark spots is seen in your camera because inside the camera (LENS) some dust/particles may stick.You can check it out by removing the camera and clean all the lens and the housing (cover) which is seen straight to the camera(lens).If not solve the last thing is to change the CAMERA (lens).Good luck
Dark spots are usually the result of dust or dirt on the lens. If a simple soft bristle brush (1/8" wide paint brush is ideal) can't dislodge the debris, you should purchase a lens cleaning kit available from camera stores. They run about $10. These are great to removing these and other contaminants such as finger prints, smudges, etc. High end lenses have special optical coatings and the special cleaning fluid included won't leave a residue - or damage the coatings.
If the spots are bright or colored, (or dark after cleaning above) the electronic sensor inside the camera has a "hot" or "stuck" pixel. This problem is usually not worth fixing due to cost.
Check for dust on the lens. There may also be dust inside the projector on the mirrors, lenses, or LCD. If cleaning the lens on the outside doesn't resolve your problem, I would contact a professional to get the insides cleaned out.
you should be able to clean the exterior of the lens with a clean microfiber cloth or lens cleaning papers (available at even wal-mart). If the spots are in the inside of the lens body, you have to send this in to be cleaned as the camera will have to be disassembled to do it right.
As is common in many compact digital cameras where the built-in flash is very close to the lens strange reflections can appear in images under certain conditions.
Particulate matter in the air in front of the lens (between the camera and subject) such as water vapor (as in a cloudy day), smoke, dust or other items can reflect light directly into the lens causing neutral colored white/grey semi-transparent spots to appear in the image.
In extreme examples there may be many of these spots in an image or there may be only one per image. Also, since these spots are completely random they will move or disappear from image to image. For example, if two images are shot consecutively with the same camera settings one image may have spots while the other is clean.
To avoid these spots:
When possible, avoid photographing in smoky, dust, or cloudy areas
Do not use the camera's flash in locations such as above
Use an external Speedlight flash if a flash is needed
Review images on the camera and re-shoot if spots are visible
Cleaning the lens will not have an effect on these spots, as the particles that cause this are not on the lens itself.