Monthly Archives: January 2006

Nikon D70 dust spot rant

I’m feeling the need to rant about the Nikon Service department. A couple of months ago, I encountered the dreaded dust spot issue on my Nikon D70. I decided to send the camera in to Nikon Service for a sensor cleaning because I wasn’t comfortable with doing this myself. Fifty dollars (this is not covered under the warranty) and 6 weeks later I get the camera back. I take some test photos… and discover that the dust spot problem just got worse!!! Are there any other Nikon owners out there who have had a similar problem with Nikon Service??? And for those of you who are digital SLR users who change lenses from time to time, have you ever experienced the dust spot issue?>> discussion thread on Flickr

2/1/05 Update:

I spoke with Nikon about this and they were very responsive. They sent me a UPS shipping label and they will re-do the cleaning for free. I’m still not happy with the results of the initial cleaning but at least they are making good on this. In the future I’m going to try out the do-it-yourself approach using the cleaning kit that was mentioned in the Flickr thread.

Nikon D70 dust spot rant

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Imogen Heap at the Great American Music Hall

I saw Imogen Heap play tonight at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Great, great show. One of those shows where everyhing felt right: the right artist at the right time in the perfect venue. Click here for some amazing photos from this show by Gordon Lai.Set list:

Just For Now

Goodnight and Go

The Walk

Let Go

Loose Ends

Can’t Take It In

Clear the Area


Come Here Boy

Hide And Seek

Have You Got It In You

Good To Be In Love

Daylight Robbery

Moment I Said It

Photo by Gordon Lai.

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Marina Girl defined

Saw this on SFist: There is a hilarious description of the “Marina Girl” on Wikipedia. The definition is very elaborate. Here’s just a portion of it…

“…When a Marina Girl turns 30, as the majority of the population is, she goes from being known as a Marina Girl, aka Turf, and is now a “Cougar” [2]. A few places in the Marina with a high saturation of Cougars are Balboa Cafe, Cozmo’s, the California Wine Merchant, and the aforementioned Marina Safeway.”

The definition of the Marina Male is equally brutal:

“He usually wears the fashions found in Banana Republic, The Gap, or Ralph Lauren. Collared, stripey dress shirts, with varying patterned cuff usually worn tucked-into pants during the week are usually kept untucked on weekends (aka The Marina Party Shirt), in conjunction with a pair of casual Diesel Jeans, Seven, AG or True Religion jeans or zipper sweaters.”