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Old 03-29-2007, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What would you recommend as being the best way to clean your sensor?
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Start out using a good blower such as a Rocket Blower. Most of the time that's all that is needed. If that doesn't work I recommend Eclipse solution and Sensor Swabs. Make sure you read up on how to perform the cleaning and how to make your camera lock the mirror up for cleaning.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've heard about Visible Dust, is that any good?

Oh ya, and can you use these things to clean the mirrors as well?
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Never tried it but I have used sensor swabs and never had any problems. But as I said, try a good blower first.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We should have this posted somewhere, as it comes up quite a bit.

Here's my method, picked up from George Lepp and slightly modified by me:

1. Remove all bathroom rugs.
2. Run a cold shower for 10 minutes.
3. I then use a foot pump for inflatable boats to blow the sensor clean. It only takes a few minutes and works 99.9% of the time. Be sure to hold the camera with the mirror box facing the floor.

For stubborn stickies, I use Pec-Pads and Eclipse.

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Old 03-29-2007, 05:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes the rocket blower works wonders, I was about to invest in the Eclipse system until I noticed a friend had a rocket in his bag. Gave it a few blows did the shoot and to my surprise the dust spots were gone.
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There's a very good article on cleaning your sensor over on the strobist website: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/02...dslrs-ccd.html

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Old 04-02-2007, 08:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I took a class on it; at least for me, it was pretty tough to get all the dust out, we eventaully left a couple in. After you clean it and take a test shot, chances are you've introduced "new" dust" lol. Also those swabs are expensive It's also easy to 'streak' the sensor with the cleaning material. You also have to clean it quickly or again, more dust lol.

what we used was swabs (about $40) and a cleaning material (about $8)

The guy recommended it be done every month or so to avoid "stubborn" spots that wont' come off (like me, I had 3 of those that we gave up on).
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