Cleaning view finder


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irwvaz

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I saw like a thick dust on my view finder. Im using 400D. Any way to clean the dust DIY? Any charges if I send it for cleaning at NSC. Cam still under extended warranty. Pls advise...
 

Blur Shadow

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Err... You're using a Canon 400D (400D) I presume? And you wish to send it to Nikon Service Center (NSC) for cleaning?
 

irwvaz

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yes, Im using Canon 400D. Is there a way to clean the view finder DIY?

Yes, if there is no way to clean DIY, will there be charges for the cleaning if my cam is still under extended warranty?

Thanks.
 

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Blow first, then just use a micro-fiber cloth, twist up one end and start wiping. Change corners of MF cloth as you get into other corners. I'm assuming you're referring to the external viewfinder lense?

If you do want to send it in, I doubt if Nikon will be willing to service a Canon camera for you.
 

irwvaz

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It seems that the dust is inside the view finder when i through it. I tried using a blower and also a cleaning brush, but it doesnt work.

When i took some shots, the thick dust is not seen. So I guess Im pretty sure that its not due to the lense tat got the dust.
 

chalib

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It seems that the dust is inside the view finder when i through it. I tried using a blower and also a cleaning brush, but it doesnt work.

When i took some shots, the thick dust is not seen. So I guess Im pretty sure that its not due to the lense tat got the dust.
The dust will never be seen in your pics as it is in the view finder....

There will be charges if you send to service center for cleaning even though it is under extended warranty.
 

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It seems that the dust is inside the view finder when i through it. I tried using a blower and also a cleaning brush, but it doesnt work.
When i took some shots, the thick dust is not seen. So I guess Im pretty sure that its not due to the lense tat got the dust.
If it is too disturbing for you then send for CSC (not NSC ;) ). I also had some dust specks in the VF, after a while they were gone again. Since neither your camera nor your lens are airtight you'll have to accept the presence of dust. But as long as the dust is not on the sensor or the rear element of the lens it won't affect the picture.
 

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Err... You're using a Canon 400D (400D) I presume? And you wish to send it to Nikon Service Center (NSC) for cleaning?
Dude... Then be sure to send it to the Canon Service Center at Harborfront.

It doesn't affect your picture quality, and will be a recurring problem even after you get it cleaned. But hey, if it really bothers you, send you camera for general servicing. That should clear it up. I believe its free if your camera is still under warranty.
 

Blur Shadow

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I believe general servicing and maintenance is free, under warranty. And I do believe that cleaning the dust in the viewfinder is part of that maintenance. Or am I wrong?
 

irwvaz

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Thanks for all the advises bros...Will check with CSC.;)
 

GavinTing

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I believe general servicing and maintenance is free, under warranty. And I do believe that cleaning the dust in the viewfinder is part of that maintenance. Or am I wrong?
Cleaning dust anywhere, would never be free..
 

Blur Shadow

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Hmm... Ok... Looks like it's gonna be a costly affair then. Can still try and press your luck though!
 

metals99

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Just send it in to CSC .. Inc of GST the charges is only around 25 or less..

No point DIY.. The focusing screen can be easily scratched.. Be careful..

Its a point to learn to always change lenses slowly and never expose the opened lens mount on the camera too long dust is everywhere..
 

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Just send it in to CSC .. Inc of GST the charges is only around 25 or less..

No point DIY.. The focusing screen can be easily scratched.. Be careful..

Its a point to learn to always change lenses slowly and never expose the opened lens mount on the camera too long dust is everywhere..
Where is the focusing screen located on the camera? How much to replace if the focusing screen is scratched?
 

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The focusing screen is located inside the camera's mirror box, the matte piece of plastic along the light path to the viewfinder. So it's not directly exposed, unless you start sticking things into your camera. Never try to touch it with your fingers (or even a cleaning cloth, for that matter) because it's an extremely delicate piece of equipment and is easily stained and scratched. If you want to clean it, use only a blower. If it doesn't work, leave it alone (it won't kill) or let the pros do it for you.

If it's scratched or stained, go the service centre and get it changed there. It shouldn't cost much more than $20 odd dollars.
 

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