One for the D-SLR users
I know a number of keen photographers on here use digital SLR's.
I like my little Nikon bridge camera that i have but fancied the extra control of an SLR. So i got a Canon EOS 30D to try from work. Bearing in mind this thing was new out of the box and had not been used before. I paired it with a quality lens (17-55 f2.8 USM IS) and tried it out for an afternoon. The results were both magnificant and dissapointing. While the quality and handling of the camera couldn't be faulted at f8 and lower the marks from dust on the sensor ruined the photo's. For the older film users it looked like water marks on the picture.
So i tried the approved Canon method for removing dust to no avail. If anything it was worse. Needless to say i was not spending a fortune on a camera that gave terrible results like that so it went back (a perk of my job) and i have decided for now to stick with my Nikon.
Some people say you need to use cleaning swabs on the sensor but according to Canon that invalidates your warrenty. Some say that Canon will clean it free of charge but you have to pay the postage and be without your camera for 3-4 weeks. Some fool even said "well don't use it below f8 then" needless to say any more advise from him will be ignored!!!
Is this a problem that other users have?
I would be interested to know what your solutions are, my boss has a 2 year old EOS 20D and has never cleaned the sensor and never needed to. I am hardly a novice photographer being interested in it for 25+years and having an HND in it, but i was really dissapointed.
It's a bit academic now as SWMBO has "persuaded" me to use the money on a new TV now, but it would interesting to get peoples opinion for the future.
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."
Famous last words of General John Sedgwick
May 8th, 1864