Monday, 27 April 2009

When your dreams turn to Dust...Blow!

“Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established.” George Carlin.

It had to happen. It was inevitable. Dust. On my sensor. After all the loving care and excessive precautions taken I have started to notice dust on my photos. All the breast beating and "why me's?" weren't going to get me out of this one.

In truth the dust was probably always there, but because I am now stopping down the Sigma a lot more than I do my other lenses, dust is now an issue for me. For a while I was really worried about this and thought that I had better invest in one of the ridiculously expensive sensor cleaning solutions out there. Cash strapped as I am I thought surely there must be another way.

Suddenly I realised that dust was in fact a far bigger problem when I used to process and print my own negatives. In fact it was my constant, irksome companion, until I went digital dust would stick like glue to my negatives and enlarger or attracted moth-like to a flame every time I got my slides & projector or film scanner out. Just look at this photo-not a great picture but a good example of dust drama. Incidentally the camera used was a 1950's Voigtlander Perkeo II-a great camera in the right hands.

Consequently I have opted to take a more reasoned approach and invested in a Giotto's Rocket Air Blower: Under a tenner delivered from Amazon. Read my review coming soon...

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