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5000+ shots; should I clean it?
Old 01-06-2005, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi gang,

I have my Nikon D70 with just over 5,000 shots on it and I've never cleaned the sensor. I'm not seeing any artifacts in my shots but I'm wondering if there is any written or unwritten rule about cleaning the sensor after a certain amount of frames. I've heard anecdotal stories about cleaning it after 3000 shots, give or take a thousand, but haven't heard anything "official." I'm just looking for a consensus on the periodicity of cleaning, if any. Should it be done regardless of the absence of artifacts or would it be better to heed the addage that says, "If it isn't broke, don't fix it"?

My personal thought is that since it's still shooting fine, coupled with the fact that I'm extremely anal about where and when and how I change my lenses (I remove the lens with the camera pointed down so nothing falls into the camera, I won't open it in environments high in obvious airborne particulates (as seen by the naked eye anyway) and I do it very quickly to minimize the time it's open), I'm probably OK to keep shooting without cleaning it. Is my thinking flawed? I could go the other way with this as well and relate it to changing the oil in my Jeep every 3,000 miles even though it would work fine if I only did it every 6,000 miles (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and all that hooplah).

I look forward to your intellectually stimulating pontifications.

Good day!

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Re: 5000+ shots; should I clean it?
Old 01-06-2005, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

But what do I know?
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Re: 5000+ shots; should I clean it?
Old 01-06-2005, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mike

Remember the old advice -- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." It's funny, my S1 didn't pick up crud nearly as much as my S2. I've cleaned the S2 twice so far -- and I never cleaned the S1.

Bob

Looks pretty good to me....
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Hell NO
Old 01-06-2005, 03:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Leave it alone......

Don't touch it, don't look at it, don't think about it!

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Re: Hell NO
Old 01-06-2005, 06:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like a plan. In fact, I don't want to do anything unless I have sufficient proof that my images are suffering from artifacts. So far, no problems. That's a GOOD thing!

Have a great weekend, JT!!

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The test ...
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If it isn't dirty, don't clean it. But how do you know for sure it doesn't have some dirt and you just haven't noticed it. There is a sure fire way to test and know for sure if there is any dust on the sensor. Here goes:

Set focus to infinity on your lens, set exposure compensation at +1, adjust aperture to largest number (f22, f32). Shoot a evenly lit target (white wall, matt board, or cloudless sky). Look at the image in Photoshop (or your favorite editor) Are there dark spots? If you see spots, then you have dust on your sensor. The wider the aperture the less visible are the spots.

After running this simple test, you'll know for sure.

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Re: The test ...
Old 01-06-2005, 07:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with the test RFS told you to use.

My D70 is 4 months old and I have put 12,500 shots on it and if I see soomething on it I give it a clean but it hasn't really needed it much, so if you don't have anything on it, leave it alone.

My S1 on the other hane used to be like a magnet to dust, I had to clean it all the time.

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Re: 5000+ shots; should I clean it?
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it is usually approach...

but don't forget the IT slogan "If it ain't broken, fix it 'till it is..."


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Re: The test ...
Old 01-07-2005, 08:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That's a great idea! I'll give it a shot and see what develops (no puns intended).

Have a great weekend!

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Old 01-07-2005, 08:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That's good news! So far, I am very, very impressed with my D70. I do have a few nitpicks with it but overall, it's awesome! My latest project is a 20x30 print for a bar. I'll be waiting anxiously to see how that turns out.

Have a great weekend!

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