Sometimes Murphy wields his Law like the Robert De Niro version of Al Capone
That’s odd. I lost my cable modem for an hour or so Sunday morning, 11′ish PDT. Mebbee it’s time to head to /. to see what happened
What a rut of bad luck. This is certainly a bad time of the year to be sans camera. I keep a little Casio on hand mostly as a back up to my main squeeze Canon. Plus it stays in my pocket just about 24/7.
My main point here is to tell you that, despite all of the doomsayers out there, canned air will work well for cleaning the sensor, with just a tiny bit of caution. Personally, I think it
Ugh. That camera is too expensive for my taste.
Moisture in the wrong spot, accidently drop it, a little bit of dirt on the sensor, and *bam*, you’re out a big wad of cash.
Give me a decent digicam any day. Have a ton of fun and when it’s carried off by a mountain lion, you just get another one.
I love my FZ5
I don’t know what “doomsayers” there are, but I can vouch for canned air being a big no-no for cleaning the CCD. I speak from experience.
Like an idiot, I went and bought a can of compressed air. I stuck the little straw into the cavity. I squeezed the trigger. And…. a thick wad of chemical propellant foam shot out of the straw and immediately caked on the sensor.
Needless to say, this wasn’t simple water foam, or anything that would go away on its own. It dried on the sensor, having not collapsed at all. I had to brush away the bulk of it using a hand-squeezy horsehair brush blower, and then polish the surface of the CCD with a lens cleaner cloth as best I could. (I still could never get the remnants of the foam out of the corners of the mounting frame the CCD is in.)
It takes pictures okay again, but I’m sure it’s not as good as it used to be. The bottom line: DON’T USE COMPRESSED AIR. It’s fine for motherboards and power supplies, but don’t ever get it near anything you don’t want to get propellant gunk on.
And that’s aside from the problem you yourself noticed.
Soemtimes I’m glad I only have cheap digital cameras and film cameras old than I am.
The “starched white tablecloth of [my] life”? Bwahahahaha! You make me laugh.
I know from how you hurt. One of my tasks at work involves data transmision in an industrial location; I expect sometimes to open a cabinet and find it full of ones and zeros.
All of the Olympus DSLRs have a built in dust removal system which vibrates the CCD sensor every time you turn the camera on. Works like a charm here. I never think twice about changing lenses on my E500.
I just bought a formerly prosumer grade film SLR from Goodwill for $5.00. I can pay for a lot of film developing for what an equivalent resolution digital would cost me.
And you’ll still be on the wrong side of technology & history — and still paying for film and developing — long after that digital camera would have paid for itself.
it helps to point the cameara down when changing the lens. It has helped keep my sensors somewhat clean.