I sent my Fuji X-T1 off to be repaired (hopefully). Most of the reviews for Fuji service are laudatory. I’m looking for the same experience.
The Fuji X-E2. I tested it more extensively and I really don’t think it will ever affect the quality of an image. I’m keeping the dust photos as a map of where an issue would appear, but there are several things that indicate it won’t ever be a problem.
- Those are:
- The spots are indistinct and are in the lower section of the sensor.
- Even at f22, they are very hard to find. Once I drop to f11, they aren’t going to be visible except in this kind of testing.
- I have the map of where these spots are – and can use that data to determine how to shoot something
- Most of the images I’ve shot with Fuji cameras are f2.8, f4, f5.6 and occasionally f8. Very rarely do I go above that in Aperture Priority.
- Aperture Priority is the most useful mode for Fuji cameras.
To check sensor dust, I create a blue field in Photoshop, big enough to fill my monitor screen. I set the camera on manual focus, focus on infinity. Aperture at smallest the lens has (f16 or f22, usually). Shutter I leave on automatic. I set the back screen to live mode and shoot through that rather than the viewfinder. I have been taking photographs at f22, f16 and f11 to discover how much of a real issue a particular dust mote might be. Load into Lightroom and blow up to 100% pixels and sweep across to check.
You can open Develop in Lightroom, click on the Spot Remover, select the Heal tab and then hit “A” on the keyboard. This brings any spots up as white on a dark background.
I think I’m going to check each camera I receive as a matter of course and then once I keep a camera, keep the sensor dust data for future reference.
Fuji makes an amazing camera, despite this. Sensor dust is one of the prices for instant digital capture and interchangeable lenses, you just have to learn to clean it and discriminate from acceptable imperfection and manufacturing flaw. There is Wabi Sabi – the idea that in flaw is an eternal beauty. I read that Japanese temples are constructed with one aesthetic intentional flaw. I think that makes perfect sense.
Some of the things that happen – like taking a picture with an iPhone 6 because it’s the only camera in hand – result in extraordinary, if flawed results…