D610 to be announced within 48 hours (as of 10/5)

Started Oct 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
Nikonfan99
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A message from Nicholas at copper hill images
In reply to TOF guy, Oct 10, 2013

So I sent Nicholas at Copper Hill Images a message about this topic and gave him the link to this forum.

Here is what he sent me back and stated that I can copy/paste all or some of it. Well here is all of it:

#1) Moose Peterson and Scott Kelby’s team purchased kits from us, period. We did provide Moose with extra packs of QuikStrips gratis because he has several bases/states out of which he operates. We also are providing KelbyTV with a MEGA Kit to give away during their special podcast "giveaways", the latest one coming up next week. During these podcasts, they are recommending and demonstrating to their viewers products which they have used with success. Now if someone wants to infer this is a quid pro quo, that is their choice, but it is simply the way business works that products are recommended by pros that use them. As professionals, how would their reputations go by recommending inferior products? They are experts in their fields and their opinions count - big time. Placing links to their websites on our site may increase traffic for them and vice-versa, but, again, this is how business on the internet works. We are extremely proud of our association with Moose and Scott Kelby and Dave Etchells (Imaging Resource) and several other professional photographers. We have nothing to apologize for.

#2) We make QuikStrips out of PecPads which have been used with Eclipse to clean sensors for at least 12 years. I can personally guarantee they are safe for all sensor surfaces when used according to our directions. There have been ZERO instances of this material solely damaging a filter in the 11.5 years we’ve been in business. Have people damaged their sensors with our tools? Yes, it can happen, but we maintain that QuikStrips and PecPads are 99.9% contaminant-free. Anytime a sensor has been scratched with our tools or SensorSwabs or VisibleDust swabs it had to happen by a piece of grit accidentally getting on the swab or lying on the sensor’s surface PRIOR to actually swabbing it. We would not have stayed in business as long as we have if our tools contained pieces of grit on a regular basis or if the PecPad material was abrasive and perilous to the filter. If you have some mechanical ability, patience and can follow our directions precisely, the odds of safely removing all of the dust and oil on your sensor are tremendous.

#3) Is everyone capable of safely using our system? Absolutely NOT. We go into detail about this in our tutorial; hint - some people have trouble putting toothpaste on their toothbrushes or boiling water or tying their shoelaces. If you are just getting by monetarily and you’ve borrowed funds to buy a camera, should you take the risk of cleaning it yourself? Maybe, maybe not, only you can decide.

#4) Nikon’s stance is the same as every other manufacturer - if you scratch a sensor by cleaning it yourself, you are liable for the repair. So can every D-SLR user send their cameras to Nikon whenever they need cleaning? How about the professional photographer? We are not the only company selling sensor cleaning products and we would not have stayed in business as long as we have if there wasn’t a market for our products. There is a market, why? Because it is much more practical and economical to buy the tools and do it ourselves and not have to rely or roll the dice with another entity, including Nikon Melville or L.A.
Yep, there’s a risk but there’s a risk every time you get into a car, so do you stop driving? No, you do it with great care and respect, same for sensor cleaning.

NOTE: Yes, when the D600 and D800 came out, we saw an increase in the sales of our full-frame swabs, but over the past month we have seen sales of our DX-SensorSwipes skyrocket, so the problems of sensor dust and lubricant is NOT peculiar to the latest Nikon FX sensors.

Nicholas

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