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Another year another dusty Burning Man. Always with me no matter the conditions, day night, clear dusty. No case, no lens cap, just a lens pen, a handful of microfiber cloths and a UV filter that I planned to throw away. The one precaution that I took was that I intentionally didn't change lenses. 

 

No problems what so ever. Not even sensor dust. For example, I was regularly in conditions like this and am still coughing up dust:

 

https://goo.gl/photos/wTKtGydZWKJaK1Ri9 

 

I ran into a pro who had his D810 wrapped in a neoprene case and who was evidently a leica shooter for his personal work. He was impressed with the fact that I brought my M-P. I told him no problems so far. He was having trouble with focus in the deep night, I told him that I had trouble with that too and then we compared shots. I realized that his version of deep darkness and mine were different. I was talking about not being able to see my subject well enough to focus because she was only illuminated by one flashing LED. For example:

 

https://goo.gl/photos/dVBZvqA55XhXnGdC7

 

He was struggling with some night shots that I could easily make handheld. I came away thinking, "hmm MF wins when the light is REALLY low - I wonder what I could do with a noctilux?" He was a real pro though working for an Italian newspaper IIRC, not an amateur hack just having fun like me. A lot of his shots were really good.

 

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Another year another dusty Burning Man. Always with me no matter the conditions, day night, clear dusty. No case, no lens cap, just a lens pen, a handful of microfiber cloths and a UV filter that I planned to throw away. The one precaution that I took was that I intentionally didn't change lenses. 

 

No problems what so ever. Not even sensor dust. For example, I was regularly in conditions like this and am still coughing up dust:

 

https://goo.gl/photos/wTKtGydZWKJaK1Ri9 

As a coda it turns out that I didn't get off scott free after all. I'm fairly certain that this wasn't the case when I first returned home but very fine dust seems to have found its way into the rangefinder. I thought possibly cleaning around the hot shoe may have introduced the dust but it seems to have a clear distribution from the bottom left of the rangefinder window. Anyway, I guess it is time for a CLA.

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