Quick Survey on D7000 Oil Spots Did you have them: Yes or No

Started Jun 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
n057 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,324
Re: Nonsense

This thread is about oil on the sensor of the D7000.

When one mentions the "sensor", one actually means the low-pass filter that covers the sensor. The low-pass filter is what actually gets dirt and needs to be cleaned.

The D7000 has an automatic sensor cleaning mechanism that gets rid of dust, pollen, and other dry debris that ends up being collected on the low-pass filter. It is a dry cleaning process, not wet. That automatic process vibrates the low-pass filter to shake off dust. In the majority of cases it keeps the sensor reasonably clean.

Here is what Nikon says on page 286 of the D7000 manual:

"If foreign matter cannot be removed from the low-pass filter using the Clean Image Sensor option in the setup menu, (page 284), the filter can be cleaned manually as described below. Note, however, that the filter is extremely delicate and easily damaged. Nikon recommends that the filter be cleaned only by Nikon-authorized service personnel."

Do your wet cleaning at your own risk. You may also change the oil in your car yourself, yet most people go to a mechanic to do it.

Now, this particular oil-on-sensor problem is not your normal dust or pollen on sensor situation, it presumably comes from the excess lubricating oil applied during manufacturing, therefore it should be fixed by the manufacturer.

JMZ48 wrote:

Why would you say that?

Do you realy send your car back to manufacturer to clean windshield?

The dust on sensor was not coming from Nikon (or Canon or any other) factory with new camera. It is owner who introduced dust and dirt, so it is his/her responsibility to clean sensor if he/she wants to.

Wet cleaning the sensor is a standard maintenance procedure of DSLR camera - this days. That includes all: dust, polen, or any other crud that may (and will) get there for many different reasons. Any time you change lenses the dust gets there, any time you zoom in and out the dust is sucked in with the external air....
Why you even think that Nikon need to do something about it? You do it.

JC
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