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Specs in the viewfinder?

I have a couple of little black flecs in the view finder that are nothing to do with lenses and I don't think its on the sensor. They appear to be on the surface of the focusing screen as they are in focus. I've put the camera into cleaning mode and given it a "blow" but nothing has moved. I don't want to do any more or touch any surfaces without knowing what I'm doing. Anybody seen this before or has a good idea what it is?
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

If they are in sharp focus they are definitely on an image plain, if they don't show up in your pictures they are not on the sensor, that almost guarantees that they are on the focusing screen, putting it in cleaning mode doesn't give access to the focusing screen. you can blow off the bottom surface of the screen with the lens removed but not in cleaning mode. if they are(most likely) on top of the screen you need a highly paid professional to clean it or learn to ignore them, I would go for the latter
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

I agree. If they are on the screen they will probably drive you mad, but not appear on the images. I have had the same and they are really annoying.

However if you try to blow or brush them off there is a real chance you will make it worse. I know - I did it myself.

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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

Yep, they are driving me mad and yep I had a go at cleaning the outer surface of the focussing plane and yep, I think I made it worse!!

Is this supposed to happen for a camera that's "dustproof" and "splashproof" ?
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

I was an optical instrument repair technician in the US Navy for 20 years and I can assure you there is no such thing as "dust proof" it is safe enough to say that the E-3 is dust resistant as long as you never change the lens.
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

If the specs are on the focusing screen side that you can access, use a clean, very soft brush to wipe them off. I use a womens make-up brush for it, works good, if it is anywere else you will have to live with it or spend money on it and send the camera to Olymus for a clean.

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You need to get yourself a can of compressed air & blast them off!
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

If the specks are in focus they are on the inside of the focus screen or on the pentaprism.
I had the same problem and you are right it does drive you mad.
I took the bull by the horns and removed the focus screen and cleaned it.
I known the manual says its its not possible by the user but it is,a bit fiddly and you have to be very careful.

Shame it's not like the E1 which has a user changeable screen and is a piece of cake.
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

Unless it is very annoying - the best thing is to LEAVE WELL ALONE - the ground screen is easily damaged (but then only about 10 to replace), but the underside of the pentaprism is also very easy to scratch and you will be looking at a 300 to replace it. Take it from someone who has made this particular error...

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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

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You need to get yourself a can of compressed air & blast them off!
A definite NO NO this

Cans of compressed air also emit small amounts of water and because of the pressure will freeze when released. This will make a right mess of the screen and possibly damage it.

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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

This seems to be an issue with the E3 my E1 has never shown any dust. I emailed Olympus and explained to them the problem I had on my E3 and they cleaned and checked the camera under warranty. Although when it came back it wasnt totally spotless.
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This seems to be an issue with the E3 my E1 has never shown any dust. I emailed Olympus and explained to them the problem I had on my E3 and they cleaned and checked the camera under warranty. Although when it came back it wasnt totally spotless.
Opposite with me. Not had any dirt on my E-3 screen but loads on my E-1.

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Well I`ve often used compressed air on my E-3`s & its always worked fine!
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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

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Well I`ve often used compressed air on my E-3`s & its always worked fine!
Until the jet blows the specs (or other foreign bodies) into more sensitive parts of the camera. The force from those cans is quite powerful.

I have used these compressed air cans in the electronic service industry for over 25 years and I am careful as to where I use them.

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Re: Specs in the viewfinder?

My specs/dirt are definitely on the inside of the focus plane (the more I look there's definitely more than a couple) so I'd love to remove it and clean it but I think I'd better not. The camera is in warranty until september I think so I'll contact olympus. Trouble is there's never a good time to send it away is there? certainly not with summer holidays coming up and then the field sports season starting soon after - maybe there's just enough time in that window, but I can imagine the frustration I'd feel if my camera is away when my son or daughter trot out for their first rugby or hockey match of a new season
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