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January/February 2006 HelpLine

 
Sensor Dust

    * Keeping Dust From Your Photos
    * Camera dpi…Huh?
    * Standard-Sized Prints
    * EV Mystery

Keeping Dust From Your Photos

Q)  I just bought a digital SLR, and my images have been plagued with sensor dust. What can I do to avoid it in the future?

Jim S.
Houston, Texas

A)  Here are some good rules to follow to minimize dust:

1. Avoid leaving the camera body open for any length of time.

2. Turn the camera power off before you change lenses.

3. Keep a lens on the camera at all times.

4. Don’t change lenses in the wind or dusty conditions.

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5. Keep the camera body pointing down when changing lenses.

6. Vacuum out your camera bag on a regular basis.

7. If you use body caps, don’t put them in your pocket or other dusty, dirty, linty places.

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