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Old 11th October 2013
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What could be wrong?

My E-400 was my first ever DSLR and I still love to use it even if it is 6 years old. Its still my first love (camera wise) I still love to use it especially on holidays - its quick and easy to use and light rather than bringing my 5D II.

I was in Dublin recently and decided to use my trusted old Oly but have noticed these horrible squiggly lines. I've had the sensor cleaned before but is it a sensor issue or lens issue or just old age in a DSLR? And the big question is - can this be sorted? I would hate to have to retire my trusted old Olly.

Just to show you what I mean.

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Re: What could be wrong?

Hi there Lean66!

I've never heard of it happening, but could it be that you have fungus either on the outside of the sensor or even behind the supersonic wave filter? Has the camera been stored for a long time where it might have been slightly damp? The only reason I ask is the patterning seems very like the sort of fungus you get in older camera lenses, but because it is in focus it must be very close to the sensor or you wouldn't be able to see it so clearly.

I think that the E-400 has a sensor cleaning mode where it will flip the mirror and open the shutter which would allow you to see the surface of the sensor - if you can see translucent spidery marks across the sensor it could be fungus - whether it would clean off ok I couldn't say.

I haven't got an E-400, but my E410 was my first DSLR, and it still gets out regularly even with a multitude of other cameras to choose from, but I make sure when I store it that there is one of those little silica sachets in the camera bag to keep it dry - so far so good!

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Re: What could be wrong?

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My E-400 was my first ever DSLR and I still love to use it even if it is 6 years old. Its still my first love (camera wise) I still love to use it especially on holidays - its quick and easy to use and light rather than bringing my 5D II.

I was in Dublin recently and decided to use my trusted old Oly but have noticed these horrible squiggly lines. I've had the sensor cleaned before but is it a sensor issue or lens issue or just old age in a DSLR? And the big question is - can this be sorted? I would hate to have to retire my trusted old Olly.

Just to show you what I mean.

www.flickr.com/photos/helenq/10199137425/
Do the same marks appear on every picture when you use a different lens/zoom range? If so then the problem is with the sensor and it's probably uneconomical to repair it if cleaning the sensor doesn't remove the mess - cheaper to buy another secondhand E-400...

It does look like a very mucky sensor though!
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Re: What could be wrong?

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I make sure when I store it that there is one of those little silica sachets in the camera bag to keep it dry - so far so good!
The little silica gel sachets supplied with cameras are completely useless!

To be effective, the quantity of silica gel needs to be around the same weight as the camera - in other words you need a pound of it!. As it continually absorbs atmospheric moisture, it needs to be in a sealed container with the camera. It also becomes exhausted over time (depending on exposure to the atmosphere) and needs to be re-activated by heating in an oven.

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Re: What could be wrong?

Are you sure its not a Guinness stain? Best of luck getting it sorted.
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Re: What could be wrong?

Thanks for all the replies. No Guinness at all Ed - no where near the black stuff. I think it just seems to happen with this lens Jim so I might just have to replace that lens and just get the sensor cleaned again. I would never have stored any of my camera equipment in a damp area, I can only assume that it was the lovely wet climate we have here in Ireland that could be a contributing factor to the dampness. Its a pity really, I love this little camera and the lenses. Easy and quick to use and light in a bag pack.
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