Today I took the train to Timmendorfer Strand because I wanted to hike to Travemünde, from where I did take the train back home. It was a 12 km hike and I planned this because the route is pretty interesting as there is a long stretch of steep coast on the way. But before that point is reached, there is of course a long stretch of sandy beach, and that is where I messed up my camera. No, the camera is still working but it seems as if I do have a transparent dust spot in the viewfinder of my D7100. I started to notice it on the way, but I can’t say for sure if it really happened today. I think…
- it could be that the spot is already there since days but I noticed it today because it was more apparent with the blue heaven as a background
- it could be that it happened today because of my bad habit to hold my camera in the hand close to the ground while walking (extra stupid if done at the beach)
- it could be that it happened today after I foolishly swapped the lens at the beach
If it happened days before, I am pretty sure it’s dust. If it happened today, I am pretty sure that the wind might have blown a tiny grain of sand into the viewfinder. When I noticed the spot, I was afraid that I had something in the lens, but I tried another lens and the spot was visible too. Now it was clear that it is in the camera. I looked at the sensor and mirror, but that didn’t look bad. At home I looked at the photos that I shot at 18mm and couldn’t spot any dust spots. I am now a bit convinces that it’s really in the viewfinder. To be sure, I will take a photo of a white paper at daytime tomorrow to check it for dots.
If it’s just the viewfinder, I am not too concerned, although the dot looked a bit annoying in the viewfinder but I could get used to it. Maybe something can even be down, like purchasing a bulb blower, but I will research first if that makes sense at all. Well, I use this camera since 2 years now, the dust speck would be the first war wound for the camera (laugh).