• 09-30-2008, 01:45 PM
    What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    Hi Everyone,

    I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT that I bought about 4 weeks after Canon released it a few years ago. I am *VERY* much an amateur, mainly taking photos on vacations and at family events.

    I took this camera on a trip about 2 months after I bought it and I know I had the problem then, so it's been going on essentially since it was new. It is only visible in certain shots -- outdoors on bright sunny days or indoors with backgrounds with a lot of white or light colors. I have taken the same shot with all of my lenses and it's the camera, because it appears no matter which lens I use.

    What I'm getting is a faint, hazy gray circle or semi-circle appearing in the shots. It appears in the shot preview and it is there whether I use flash or not.

    Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this...or should I just take it to the camera shop where I bought it and see what they can suggest? (I know I should have done this years ago!)

    Thank your for any help you can provide!
    Zippy's Mom :)
  • 09-30-2008, 01:59 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    Sounds like sensor dust.
    Can you post an example.
    If it is sensor dust you may be able to get it off with a giotto's rocket blower.
    If not, you'll have to clean the sensor or have it done for you. The first is less costly but its rather scary for a beginner.
  • 09-30-2008, 02:21 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    I don't have a way to link you to an example (and I don't know how to paste one in here.)
    It's more like a ring (not a speck or specks) that covers about 2/3 of the shot.

    I've never had the sensor cleaned, though, so whether or not that's the only problem, I will have that done.

    Thank you for the help!!
  • 09-30-2008, 04:31 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    2/3 of the shot is one big piece of dust so I'd say its something else.
    Hope someone more knowledgeable than I can help.
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    Thank you for your help. :)
  • 09-30-2008, 07:55 PM
    You've got a hair in your camera - probably between the sensor and the lens. Check your manual and you'll find directions for cleaning the sensor. It's important you do it exactly as the manula tells you. You don't want to damage your sensor. But it should be simple to get the hair out.
  • 09-30-2008, 09:08 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    I've read the instructions but I'm not brave enough -- I think I'm going to take it to the shop where I bought it and let them clean it!

    Thank you, both!!
  • 10-01-2008, 09:14 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    Sensor cleaning is no sweat. Most of the time all you need is a few good puffs of air. Get yourself a Giottos rocket blower to start. In the camera menu's there is a cleaning mode option. This opens the shutter and flips up the mirror and holds it up so you can clean the sensor (use a fully charged battery when you do this). Now take off the lens. Holding the camera body so the opening is facing downward (so the dust doesn't just settle back onto the sensor), use the Giottos blower and give it several good blasts of air. Exit cleaning mode and you're done!
  • 10-02-2008, 06:13 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    It *was* a hair! I took it to the shop and they demonstrated how to clean the sensor and did the cleaning for me, and I bought the blower gadget recommended above.

    Thank you to everyone who responded.
  • 10-12-2008, 04:09 PM
    Re: What's Wrong With My Camera? :(
    Hair, dust, and bears oh my. IS there anything that doesn't get onto sensors.