Lately, I've noticed that my images have had several black spots (yes, SPOTS!) all over them. This is a photoshop retouching nightmare! So, I just figured my lenses were dirty but after I cleaned them, my images still showed up looking like dalmatians. Obviously, something else was going on.
Luckily, I received my weekly Nikon email update and someone else was having the same exact issue. It turns out that their sensor was dirty! They did research on how to clean it and viola! the spots had disappeared. Well, this was the best news I heard all day...
Now, I'm a worrier and I'm not about to clean my sensor without reading my manual, check Nikon's website for up-to-date tips/directions before even attempting to look at the sensor with my bare eyes. If you ruin your sensor, it could cost you hunderd's of dollars to repair. Yikes!
I headed over to Adorama and picked up a bottle of eclipse solution, sensor swaps and non-abrasive wipes (for my lenses) by Photographic Solutions. It's rated the number one product to clean dirty sensor's without any damage or residue (if done correctly). I did my homework, read their directions 100x's and finally went into a dry, non-windy room and cleaned my sensitive sensor.
I'm happy to report that my sensor is clean and the spots have finally come out!
*this worked for me but i did my homework and took my time. do not attempt if you don't feel like you can do it or have shaky hands!