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Dust on GR sensor

Discussion in 'Ricoh GR (APS-C) Forum' started by boliston, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. boliston

    boliston SC Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2011
    Taunton
    Recently noticed an annoying bit of dust on my sensor http://www.boliston.com/2014/01/07/ricoh-gr-sensor-dust/

    Anyone else had dust problems? it's annoying as clifton cameras (who supplied it) say they would need to ship it to ricoh germany so a possible 4 to 6 week wait to get it back.
     
  2. gmargo

    gmargo New to SC

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    Jun 6, 2011
    I have had the same problem,and a web search will find more info on this. I have no idea how common the problem is, but it is reported out there.
    I sent my GR to Ricoh (US) for warranty service. They replaced the lens assembly and the camera is working beautifully now.
    Does anyone know if some copies of the camera (maybe with some minor variation in build) are more prone to this issue, and perhaps to reoccur; or once fixed is the camera no more likely to have the dust problem than to any other random GR?
    Geof
     
  3. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
  4. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I'm guessing that is not protecting the area most likely to be sucking dust. But it certainly will protect the front element.
     
  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
  6. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    No dust here yet [fingers crossed].... hope they fix your camera up quicker than expected.

    Ouch Bill! How did that happen? Awesome that you had the Acmaxx installed and it worked!
     
  7. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Oh boy, did you take the "if your shots are not good enough you are not close enough" too literally?
     
  8. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I drove over it... The nice people at Ricoh installed a new rear LCD and serviced it and it was good to go ;) The Acmaxx screen at the front almost certainly saved the front element.

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
  9. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
    Oh wow Bill! Good to know that is not only "dust" proof but shock proof as well. Just out of curiosity, was it too expensive to service it?

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
     
  10. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    To my amazement, under 2 weeks, less than 60 quid... :D

    Sent from another Galaxy
     
  11. boliston

    boliston SC Rookie

    10
    Oct 12, 2011
    Taunton
    I've just noticed the the position of the "dust bunny" has moved to a different part of the sensor today.
    As the GR spends quite a lot of time in the pannier of my bicycle I'm hoping the constant vibration might even shift it off the sensor altogether.
    This evening I put it loose in the pannier lens facing downwards rather than inside its padded case, and the extra vibration might have helped shift the dust a bit.

    before:
    R0004329-625x414.

    after:
    R0004383-625x414.
     
  12. Mebe.ingme

    Mebe.ingme SC Rookie

    15
    Oct 4, 2013
    I had the same problem, was just getting ready to send it off to be fixed then read about someone tapping on the back of their GR with it faced down to disloge the dust. Gave it a try and to my amazement the dust had dislodged from the sensor. Certainly saved time and money (postage). You should give it a try, just make sure you have a firm grip :)
     
  13. boliston

    boliston SC Rookie

    10
    Oct 12, 2011
    Taunton
    looks like my dust bunny has now gone - i rode my bike fast along a cobbled street yesterday with the GR in the pannier but i had the camera lens upwards this time