How do you clean your sensor?
Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:12 AM
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Posted 14 December 2013 - 03:26 PM
I ended up deciding to give it a go.
The methods that I choose to use (after the blower) were a sensor brush and then progress to wet cleaning using Sensor Swabs and eclipse. I found that the brush didn't really work that well and I did drag a little bit of lubricant across the sensor (which I was easily able to clean up using 2 sensor swabs). The swabs worked well and I ended up removing all of the original dust spots save 1 spot, however I reviewed my earliest photos and it is actually apparent in them so I'm guessing that its either a manufacturing defect or well engrained dirt either way itís on the side of the image and not a major concern for me (I'd never noticed it before).
On my first go it ended up taking me 4 swabs. I found that after I'd used 1, I was able to dummy practice with it out camera on a different surface to perfect my technique a little bit before moving on to using the others. I found that the swabs didn't dry as quickly as everyone had lead me to believe (I used 2 or 3 drops per swab)...again once I had used the first one I was able to examine this out of the camera. I found overall the job was a little more complicated than the simple swipe one side to the other and back again that some of the videos make out, but not to much worse and I think reading a few reviews of when things had gone wrong for others told me not to panic if things did go a little astray (streaking with the brush). I think that the DIY option was right for me and my camera and I'm happy with the result but I can see that its definitely not suitable for everyone and can appreciate why people recommend sending it to the service centre (I think on first experience it would have definitely been the option to go for cost wise and stress wise, but I hope that as I gain experience the situation will reverse for me).
For reference here are the resources that I ended up finding, but its definitely not for the faint hearted:
PS Sorry for bumping such and old thread, but thought you might be interested to hear my experience. (It took me a while to get the cleaning supplies since they are so expensive in Australia I found them much cheaper to order them from overseas).
Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:14 AM
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Edited by SquallStrife, 16 December 2013 - 01:16 PM.
Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:18 AM
Good stuff! Nice to see you had the courage to give it a whirl yourself!
Excellent. I second Genisis X.
I also freaked out the first time I did it. I have now done it so many times (I have a large collection of cameras) that it is second nature.
Always be careful, but not scared.
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