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DSLR Sensor Cleaning Recommendations...
Old 09-22-2007, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, All...

Does anyone have real experience with cleaning their DSLR sensor and if so what technique/equipment did you use with success?

My canon eos 5d badly needs it's sensor cleaned and I'm a bit intimidated about trying this myself. Any guidence would be much apprecciated...

Thanks in advance for any help
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Re: DSLR Sensor Cleaning Recommendations...
Old 09-22-2007, 09:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I cleaned my 20d a while back using a cut to size spatula, pec pads, and eclipse cleaner.
I think you'll find everything you need to know on this site.
http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/index.html
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Re: DSLR Sensor Cleaning Recommendations...
Old 09-22-2007, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use an air bubble blower. If that doesn't work it costs $60 and a day at a local shop. I'm not afraid of "doing it myself" but he cleaned my d70 sensor after I cleaned it. (testing them/me) I found out he does a much better job and he takes before and after refrence shots. I haven't tried to clean my d200.
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The most likely problem unless you change lenses while eating or similar is likely to be plain ole dust.

I use a baby's ear syringe as an air blower. It's made out of soft rubber material and when squeezed forcefully can direct a stream of air across the sensor sufficient to knock almost any "normal" dust off. I do this while holding the camera with the lens opening pointed toward the floor. You have to be a bit careful as it's an awkard position and you can't see too well unless you are laying on the floor, but it works for me...

Total cost about 69 cents. A new baby ear syringe will last your lifetime, but keep it in a closed plastic Glad bag to keep it from accumulating dust.


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Old 09-22-2007, 10:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use a combination of a rocket blower and, for heavier requirements, the "Copperhill" method, which is essentially the spatula, pec pad and eclipse fluid mentioned but the spatula-like tool is precut.

To solve the orientation challenge Al mentioned, I put the camera on a tripod at max extension and sit in a chair underneath it to blow the dust off. I use a flashlight to see the sensor in this position.
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