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post #11 of 19
Hm. Yeah, if its' still not correct after the fix, then I would bring it back.

The one thing I would say is this -- objects blocking / etc inside the camera won't have the same appearance, so if one of those hairs was just a little over, the viewing angle of the sensor, this could still be the cause. leave your camera on your table, point it at something, and use a really small aperture (essentially the highest f-stop you can have - probably F/22 or something) and expose it correctly so that once you take the shot, the image is clear; let us know if your semi-circle gets alot darker or changes shapes (even better, just do that and post the resulting image). I have a feeling it's going to be alot more prominent, which is still indicative of a foreign object..
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Tried it inside and couldn't fault it whatsoever. Outside was a different story. Guess I'll whack a big red circle around the mark this time, print the pictures off and take them in to the camera store so there's no question whatsoever about the fault lol. Just want it fixed so I can get this 5D already!

At F/22 the mark is a little more difficult to see. F/8 seems to bring it out the best.

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(Note, these are jpegs straight from the camera as I'm on a different computer with no PS or Lightroom)
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Good news! I posted a thread on dpreview about this and got a response that has helped me figure out what it is! They suggested that something may be loose inside the camera that only shows up in certain orientations. Well, I locked up the mirror again and moved the camera around gently by my ear.. Sure enough, there's a little spring rattling around inside. The perfect object to cast such a perfect semi-circle shadow!

I had already spoken to the camera shop again yesterday and they were happy to have another look at the camera so now that I know the cause, hopefully they can provide the fix smile.gif They also may have a 5D to sell me too! biggrin.gif
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post #14 of 19
I didn't even think of the other orientations (most of your shots were in portrait when they showed up, gravity and such), good call. Glad it's sorted for you!
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Back to square one. Got my camera back from the repair assessment; the technician couldn't identify the cause of the fault but thought maybe there is something under the sensor filter. He suggested the only way forward would be to pay the inspection fee and send it direct to Nikon. I don't want to drop any more money on this camera since I intend on selling it to fund the upgrade. Will have to sell as is. I did notice though that something is still rattling around loose inside the body so tonight my partner and I will take it apart and try to at least fix that.
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post #16 of 19
I bet you dudemanppl would repair it for significantly less than Nikon, you should shoot him a PM.
post #17 of 19
No don't do that I'll blow it up.
post #18 of 19
I never said you wouldn't, i said "I bet" -- I'm a gambling man, and the payout on you blowing it up is 500:1.
post #19 of 19
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To me it's not worth repairing. It's a fairly minor fault really (as in you only notice it if you're trying to) so it will go up for sale in a few days as planned, sold as is. It's a shame that I probably won't ever know what the cause is but meh. On to bigger and better things smile.gif
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