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Scratched my Nikon D7000 mirror


23 Apr 2012 3:26AM
Hello,
I know this is very stupid and very foolish of me but I am a beginner. Yesterday I got some black dust type things on my Mirror, happened while changing the lens. In order to get it out i used paper to poke it out because a hair dryer didn't work (turned the heating off). While i was poking it it scratched the mirror and now through the viewfinder its very messed up (scratched). The images are completely fine, i was worried, then i used cotton buds to try to fix the scratches until i got some small particles from the cotton. Which i don't think is a big deal since i blowed the particles off.
I am very worried. Is it possible to replace the mirror? What do I do?
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23 Apr 2012 6:37AM
I'm sure the mirror can be replaced. Contact Nikon or a good camera repairer.
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 7:06AM
The scratch won't show up on your images if it's just on the mirror. If you can cope with the scratch, leave it. Your images will be fine.
can I suggest in future, if you get any dust on your mirror, don't poke it or prod it with anything Wink , just wipe is slowly with a small soft lens brush or soft lens cloth.
Andy_Cundell e2
3 1.1k 5 England
23 Apr 2012 9:38AM
Like laurel said, it will only affect your view. If it is really bothering you, and the price of a mirror is too much to replace, you can purchase something called Jewelers Rouge from lots of places (just search in Google, although other search engines are available!). It is a very fine paste that is used to polish out scratches. We use it to polish out any imperfections on lenses of periscopes. If you do go ahead and buy some, have a practice first on your watch face, it will come up like new if you have the patience to use it. A word of caution, you will have to be very carefull in such a confined area of your camera body as not to contaminate the inside of your body.
23 Apr 2012 10:04AM
Thank you very much, i sure wont poke it with anything next time. I'l leave it to the Repairers. Now the scratches i can live with, but its a bit blurry which i cant since the bright things blurry. I think I will replace the mirror.
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 12:30PM
You could replace the whole thing with a Canon Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink



Just a suggestion? Smile

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Railcam e2
8 484 Scotland
23 Apr 2012 12:42PM

Quote:you can purchase something called Jewelers Rouge from lots of places (just search in Google, although other search engines are available!). It is a very fine paste that is used to polish out scratches.


Not a good idea at all. Whilst most mirrors are glass, with the silvering on the back, I believe a camera mirror has the silvering on the front surface. Hence polishing it with jewellers' rouge will just remove all the silvering.

Either live with it or have the mirror replaced.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 12:44PM
They might well use Jewelers Rouge that has been mentioned when sent for repair.
Hardly if ever do they also return the parts replaced.
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
23 Apr 2012 2:40PM
If Jewelers' Rouge isn't extortionately expensive, why don't you try it first?
You seem to have nothing to lose.
In fact, for the small amount that I'd imagine you'll need, I dare say a friendly local jeweler might be kind enough to donate a drop.
You could always offer to photograph his shop at a later date, by way of return.
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
23 Apr 2012 3:01PM
Last time I used jewellers rouge to clean up an old watch face I seem to remember a fine residue left on the cloth...not a problem out in the open but should any fall into the camera innards you wil be faced with an even bigger bill. Lookup a good camera repairer or your manufacturers repair centre and phone them. I you can afford to, have it dealt with professionally.

Safe sex for cameras!!! dont stick anything into a camera unless you are 100% sure.

You will pay for your education without doubt.
23 Apr 2012 5:27PM
Not wanting to point out the obvious here, but are you sure your view finder is in focus?
23 Apr 2012 5:41PM
The view finder is in focus, if you open the lens out in the sunlight you can see the light scratches. In my mind i just love Nikons, after this incident for some reason I love my camera even more.
Well i guess the Jewelers Rouge wont be a good idea since the silver thing is the thing i guess which got scratched off the mirror.
I can live with it since my images are fine. The problem is me being a neat freak, and I can't stand the marks on the viewfinder. I think i will get the mirror replaced.
How much do you reckon it would cost?

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