Saturday, February 07, 2009

When Your Sensor Needs Cleaning

I've had my Canon 30D for three years now. It's been a lot of fun. Recently I started to notice odd dust marks showing up on my pictures. At first I thought that it was dust in or on the lens. After a thorough cleaning I tried again, and they were still there. I attached my 50 mm lens, set the aperture as high as it would go, set the focus to infinity and took the following photo while pointing the camera at the wall.

Verdict: Dust on the sensor

I did some searching online and found that it is something that one can easily do, however, it does void your warranty with Canon. Rather unfortunate isn't it? At any rate, I decided I didn't want to take the life of my camera into my own hands. I am absolutely positive I would find a way to screw it up. So the camera is going to spend a weekend at the store where it was purchased so that someone who cleans sensors every day can make it all shiny and new again. In the meantime, it's strange not having my camera.