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    Oil? spots on sensor

    My D500 is only a few weeks old and I have multiple spots showing up. All my shooting is in a microscope facility with filtered air, the camera is mounted on a copy stand facing down, so I find it hard to see how dust could accumulate so fast. My local dealer looked at it and thought they looked like oil spots, rather than dust. Has anyone seen or heard of a similar problem?


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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    This has been a problem for some time on many different Nikon models. Do a goggle for "nikon oil spots on sensor"
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    Oil? spots on sensor
    Since I am focus stacking, the spots show up as streaks radiating from the center. Here two in the top right are obvious.Oil? spots on sensor-sage.jpg

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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    Have you or the dealer tried wet cleaning the sensor yet?

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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    This has been a problem for some time on many different Nikon models. Do a goggle for "nikon oil spots on sensor"
    No there hasn't. There was one model with this issue. ONE!! God, please stop the nonsense.

    The curve in the lines tells me it's not something on the sensor. Would need to see the complete setup, but I suspect it's something in front of the sensor, not on it.
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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Have you or the dealer tried wet cleaning the sensor yet?
    I don't want to possibly void the warranty by doing anything myself. The dealer suggests sending it to Nikon. I really can't afford to lose the camera for two weeks, especially since it is only six weeks old.

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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    I don't think wet cleaning will void a warranty... and certainly won't take the 2 or 3 weeks Nikon has the camera...

    At the very least, a good sensor scope is only a couple dollars and should give you a clue as to what is ON the sensor... I assume you used a blower like the Giotto rocket to see if whatever it is can be blown off the sensor?
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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I don't think wet cleaning will void a warranty... and certainly won't take the 2 or 3 weeks Nikon has the camera...

    At the very least, a good sensor scope is only a couple dollars and should give you a clue as to what is ON the sensor... I assume you used a blower like the Giotto rocket to see if whatever it is can be blown off the sensor?

    Rocket blower first. Many people here use the Sensor Gel Stick for cleaning and it is very easy and safe.
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    Re: Oil? spots on sensor

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Adams View Post
    My local dealer looked at it and thought they looked like oil spots, rather than dust.
    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    The curve in the lines tells me it's not something on the sensor. Would need to see the complete setup, but I suspect it's something in front of the sensor, not on it.
    Oil spots and dust spots do look different from one another (had both problems with my D600). These marks don't look like either one, and as Jake mentioned, it may not even be on the sensor.

    Do you keep your lens and body caps fastened together while the lens is mounted on the camera? If not, they can collect dust and debris which can then transfer to inside the camera's body. I fasten mine together then place them in a baggie or ziplock bag. I didn't used to do it that way, but once my D600 had so many repeat problems, I now do it that way.

    I have this loupe which works well and allows you to see spots on the sensor. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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