What am I to do about chronic dust contamination?

Tradewind35Tradewind35 Posts: 77Member
edited January 2013 in Nikon Film Cameras
Am devastatd - almost at my wits end - serious dust contamination problem - earlier today I am sure I say a few specks of dust - at least more than one on my Epson scanner glass. :(( I even think there may be a speck of dust on the slide itself. What am I to do? Help!
Oh, wait a second, I just blew the dust speck of the glass and blew the spec off the slide - no need for panic. Perhaps film isn't that bad after all......


Robin

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  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 543Member
    Hi,

    Dust can and will also land on the film in the canister and adhere to the film while the first bath is developing - you do know that? It leave spots on the film.

    Dust can also contaminate the chemistry - any of it during any step - and subsequently spot the film during any part of the process for future developing of that roll or future rolls. It is one of the main reasons that D76 was used as a 1:1 throw away process in develop process.

    Dust can also settle on drying film and cause some real problems.

    Some darkroom procedures would use atomizers with water to mist, thing wipe down to minimize dust before
    doing any work.

    Dust is a terrible contaminate for photography, whether it be digital sensors or film, but it is the number one enemy of the film shooter.

    My best,

    Mike
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,203Moderator
    edited January 2013
    I think this should have been in the humour thread or fun and weird.
    Post edited by spraynpray on
    Always learning.
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    Hey, back to the good old days...darkrooms were pressured with filtered air....Loading 35mm film from the 100 foot rolls...oh yeah....

    I do not remember serious problems only a speck or two which was handled on the print easily. Nothing like the sensor problems some have today...
    Msmoto, mod
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,203Moderator
    I think you have both missed the point - Tradewind35 is taking a shot at the digital age and its problems with dust on the sensor. Of course I could be wrong and something got lost in the translation....
    Always learning.
  • MikeGunterMikeGunter Posts: 543Member
    Hi all,

    I think SnP has it right. The original post was a joke.

    My bad.

    In the many, many thousands of rolls developed, dust was a huge problem - if only we had Photoshop then.

    Filtered air was luxury that came later... Much later, I personally didn't see it.

    My best,

    Mike
  • Tradewind35Tradewind35 Posts: 77Member
    Spraynpray has read his meter correctly, sorry I hadn't noticd that we had a"fun and weird" compartment - clearly where I belong. I do however wonder how I would get on with such vulnerable technology as a digital body - change lenses in all weathers on my boat without much of a care - Force6b
    think I would have to buy shares in a sensor cleaning company i I went digital.
    Robin
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,203Moderator
    Dust at sea is not a problem Robin - it will be the salt spray that will kill it....

    So, buy a pro body and lenses which you should change below decks and you're good to go.
    Always learning.
  • mk2popmk2pop Posts: 80Member
    ive shot all my bodies, be it film or digital in all manner of weathers, changed lenses at the beach etc heck i even went on a dune buggy with my D90 and 18-200 and never had a problem (the camera and lens were coated in fine sand) i think too many people are overreacting at how fragile these cameras are, im just back from a days shooting and i left my D90 and Sig 100-300 lying in the snow for half an hour and its still going
    D300 | D90 | D40 | F65 x2 | F75 | 10-24mm | 18-200mm | 35mm f1.8 | 50mm 1.4d | 40mm Micro | 70-300mm Tamron | 100-300mm f4 Sigma |1.4x Sigma tc | Sb400 | Sb900 x2

    Awaiting a DX D400
  • Tradewind35Tradewind35 Posts: 77Member
    Thanks spraynpray and mk2pop - nice to have some antidote to the many posts reporting sensor problems on DSLRs.
    Robin
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    D4, oil may occur in first few thousand clicks (10,000), clean it and no problems thereafter. The assumption is...nice boat deserves nice camera.... ;)
    Msmoto, mod
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