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cleaning of sensor on digital s2pro
Old 05-24-2004, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have not had my sensor cleaned on my s2 pro yet, mainly cause there is no dirt yet. But another s2 owner says I should get clean anyways cause I will get better color cause the sensor get film on it and make the colors look dull from not cleaning. Does anybody know if this is true.

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Re: cleaning of sensor on digital s2pro
Old 05-25-2004, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know if it is or not..... but I have never heard of anything related to that at all... I guess it would be like buying a new lens.... if it's cleanright out of the factory, and you look at it and it appears clean, don't clean it... cleaning can remove the big chunks of gunk and globs of dust yet it can leave behind a smear like film from cleaning.. I'd just let it e... I have two 10D bodies... and I like to clean them as seldomly as I can because if done wrong, it could really make a mess of your chip... besides, the Fuji uses a CCD....right?? I hear those have to be done extra carefully... I just use compressed air on my CMOS ....and lightly blow the thing off... I'd check with a camera tech guy before attempting to clean it..

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Old 05-25-2004, 04:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Remember to clean your sensor as seldom as possible, because:
1. It is a really delicate surface
2. It is hard to get to and your asking for accident. Ona bad move and you can destroy the shutter mechanism, for example.
3. If you clean a lens and you leave a smear or dot that's even 2mm in diameter, you won't see that on you pictures actually, but if you accidentally stain your sensor, small, almost invisible residue will apear as an enormous blob.
4. If you use apertures from open to, say, f11 you won't see the minor dust. Only working on high apertures, such as 16, 22, will empahsize the dust.
5. Be careful with canned air as there is liquid in some of them and it might get sprayed onto the sensor and you're 'done'. I use a typical rubber blower, blow and it works fine. Remember to blow it a few times before actually doing it on the snesor as there might be some dust inside. If you have children, bear in mind that they might have been using it to blow water onto each other, while you were at work, so make sure the blower is clean.

I have shot over 38,000 pictures within 13 months and so far I have a little dust. Luckily my Fuji service wants $25 for cleaning, so I won't fiddle with it myself.

 
 
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Old 05-25-2004, 08:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Unless you remove and install the lens in a *very* dirty environment, it seems very unlikely that any sort of film will develop on your sensor. Everything I've ever read about such sensors indicates that you should have as little to do with them as possible. If it ain't dirty, don't clean it.

Most "films" that develop on electronic equipment are the result of heating/cooling cycles and moisture condensing out of the air at the surface of the equipment, which collects dirt and forms the layer of gack. I don't believe that the sensor in a digicam gets all that hot, and it's a fairly tight environment. So no "film" should form. It might get dusty, but that's about it, and until the dust starts impacting your pics, it's not hurting anything. A blower will get rid of dust handily, but if a film or layer of grime formed, you'd have to use something that actually touched the sensor and that's a job for a pro, IMO.

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Re: cleaning of sensor on digital s2pro
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I just cleaned my S2 for the first time. I shot something with lots of light background behind it and noticed all the crud that had accumulated....

The first attempt was a disaster. I used the Sensor Swabs and Eclipse liquid. YIKES! I had a streak of residue right down the upper third of the sensor! However, I e-mailed the sensor swab folks and asked for help. A couple of points they made were that 1) maybe it was really dirty (it was) and needed to be cleaned a couple of times and 2) I didn't press hard enough! I was VERY gentle with the swab -- and everyone I talked to that has cleaned their sensor always said gentle, but FIRM.

I cleaned the sensor a second time with fine results. And I don't think the color has suffered a bit.

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