Thought I had ruined my D700 sensor
I had noticed some spots on the vacation pictures and decided I had to finally sit down with the cleaning stuff [bought 4 years ago; too chicken to use it] and deal with grime removal.
Cleaned sensor; took shot of a white door to review. Still stuff there.
Cleaned sensor; took shot of a white door to review, but camera wouldn't fire without something to focus on. Included part of the knob. Stuff still there.
Cleaned sensor one more time; took a shot of the door with same problems of the camera not wanting to fire without something to focus on. Went through A, S, P, M and finally got it to fire. Sensor looked much better.
Headed to wedding, with my D7000 as a backup. Fortunately, I wasn't the primary photog, but he got stuck in traffic so I started to get some shots. Grabbed the D700 and took a shot of the folks in the seats [outdoor wedding], looked at the display and everything was washed out big time. Tried another adjusting the ISO and EV for bright and STILL washed out. I'm thinking I'm Fyooked and have a repair bill in my future. Finished shooting with the little 7, the other photog showed up and I head home. . . .
where I noticed that the mode was still set to manual [which was where I left it to force a shot post cleaning] with settings absolutely guaranteed to blow out any outdoor shot in the sun. Changed it back to real world settings using S mode and a test shot confirmed my hardware was fine. . . Idiot Operator Error.
I need to spend more time shooting. . . .
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