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  • Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

    Hi,

    10+ years when I decided to go for Olympus over other brands one reason that influenced my decision was the supersonic dust cleaning technology that had a good reputation and had demonstrated its capabilities.

    I am a bit curious about the experience of other forum members. Attempting to formulate it like this:
    a) How many Olympus cameras (4/3 or m 4/3) have you had over time?
    b) How many times have you noticed dust specks?
    c) Did the camera successfully get rid of the dust?

    In my case the answer would be:
    a) 7, 100k+ photos taken
    b) Two times; one time it occurred on the E5, the specks were large enough to be visible when checking the photos in the camera. The other time it was on the E-M1 M1, minuscule specks, visible only when checking using the computer.
    c) yes

    I think this is an excellent result.

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    Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

    A) 6
    B) not that I have noticed and I use my cameras in some harsh environments
    C) if it happens it must have sorted itself
    Regards
    Andy
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    • #3
      Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

      I've never had to clean a Four Thirds/Micro Four Thirds camera sensor and I have used, literally, dozens of bodies.

      The only time dust has occasionally made itself noticeable was shooting macro at f/22

      Ian
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      • #4
        Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

        I’ve had two instances of dust not being cleared by the Olympus inbuilt cleaning system, one due to dirt and rain getting into the camera at the same time, the other due to a big bit of dirt sticking to the sensor.

        My Panasonic bodies had several cleans each because of dust.

        I bought a cleaning kit so naturally have no problems because I’m prepared for them now!
        Paul

        I didn’t get where I am today....

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        • #5
          Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

          a) How many Olympus cameras (4/3 or m 4/3) have you had over time?3 since 2013

          b) How many times have you noticed dust specks?
          0

          c) Did the camera successfully get rid of the dust?
          NA


          Never been a problem for me. I'm not a massive lens swapper but nor am I overly careful when changing lenses.
          I think it's a major plus point for the system.
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          • #6
            Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

            I've had five Oly FT and mFT camera bodies and never a dust issue with any of them, at least not that I've noticed.
            Regards
            Richard

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            • #7
              Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

              Panasonic Lumix licensed the Olympus SSWF cleaning system.

              Ian
              Founder and editor of:
              Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
              Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
              Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
              Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

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              • #8
                Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

                Dust was a constant problem on my Nikon DSLRs, especially my earlier D70. Since changing to Olympus I have not had to clean the sensor, other than once, when I used a blower to remove a quite large dust bunny.



                I am always careful when changing lenses and try to hold the camera face down in a sheltered environment
                Mike
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                • #9
                  Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

                  Originally posted by Ian View Post
                  Panasonic Lumix licensed the Olympus SSWF cleaning system.

                  Ian
                  All of them?

                  I switched from Panasonic to Olympus some time ago and the GF3 and G3 both suffered from repeated dust issues... I haven't got them any more but I was not aware of the ultrasonic cleaning on them...
                  Paul

                  I didn’t get where I am today....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

                    Six 4/3 and m4/3 cameras since 2007.

                    What is dust?
                    John

                    "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                    • #11
                      Graham

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                      • #12
                        Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

                        Only ever seen dust on the viewfinder of my old E510, nothing on any of the micro 4/3s cameras I've had.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

                          Anne and I have a number of Olympus cameras (over the years) and they all remain spotless.

                          B
                          Just like that - gone in a flash! Now in use.

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                              Re: Sensor dust issues on Olympus m4/3 cameras?

                              I never had an issue with dust or spots on the sensor with my E-300. The E-3 developed a mark towards the bottom left of the photo, but dust spots never returned after I had it cleaned. I have never noticed any dust on my E-M1, but noticed some spots on my E-M1 Mk II about a year ago. I had it professionally cleaned and the spots haven't returned.

                              Quite a difference from my Canon EOS 6D, which requires a yearly sensor clean.
                              Larry

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