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whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby stevecim » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:56 am

Any advice would be great

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby Winston » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:26 am

I use the Copper Hill Sensor Brush. I use it at home, on the road, and have used it several times in the African bush...works great.
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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:48 am

I'm going to urgently point out that you shouldn't use any method of cleaning that "presses" on the sensor. The mounting and motors for the SSS can be goofed up with too much pressure on the sensor. You'll end up with an imager that is out of alignment and no more SSS.

I just use a rubber bulb-type blower, inverting the camera so that the dust doesn't fall back into the mirror-box like the manual says. I haven't needed to do anything else yet.
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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby stevecim » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:45 pm

I've noticed these marks on all off my photos.

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is this what dust looks like?


I've tried both lenses I have, and the marks are still there.

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby Birma » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:33 pm

That looks like dust to me. I recommend the "blow while inverted" technique described by Kevin. It has worked for me so far. DK has previously described the technique to highlight the dust - I think it was maximum aperture, focus on infinity, against a white background.
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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby [SiC] » Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:58 pm

I use a simple blower brush.

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby David Kilpatrick » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:26 pm

Birma wrote:That looks like dust to me. I recommend the "blow while inverted" technique described by Kevin. It has worked for me so far. DK has previously described the technique to highlight the dust - I think it was maximum aperture, focus on infinity, against a white background.


Minimum aperture - f16 or f22. Maximum aperture is f3.5, f1.4 etc... just to be confusing.

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby Birma » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:38 pm

Doh! Sorry I got it the wrong way round. DK, thanks for clarifying.
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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby stevecim » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:15 am

Hi

The sales man in the pro-department at TEDs recommended one of these.
http://www.falconsafety.com/dustoff/Pro ... ?ItemId=55

I'm a big fan of cleaning PCs with compress air, but I was not game to use my compressor on the sensor, so I'll give the above can a try and report back ;)

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby dewarp » Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:10 am

I use the original Arctic Butterfly (http://www.visibledust.com/)

See also http://www.luminous-landscape.com/revie ... ly-2.shtml

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby stevecim » Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:18 am

Yer, they had them has well but triple the cost of the can :) might save up for one, looks like a good product to keep in the camera bag.

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby stevecim » Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:37 pm

well, fired up the camera today and the dust seems to have gone Hmmm

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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:24 pm

stevecim wrote:Hi

The sales man in the pro-department at TEDs recommended one of these.
http://www.falconsafety.com/dustoff/Pro ... ?ItemId=55

I'm a big fan of cleaning PCs with compress air, but I was not game to use my compressor on the sensor, so I'll give the above can a try and report back ;)


STOP! Do NOT use compressed air cans on your camera. Those cans deliver lots and lots of moisture...which is why it isn't recommended that you blow (with your mouth) in your camera as well.
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Re: whats the best way to clean the sensor of dust?

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:41 pm

KevinBarrett wrote:STOP! Do NOT use compressed air cans on your camera. Those cans deliver lots and lots of moisture...which is why it isn't recommended that you blow (with your mouth) in your camera as well.


I do hope Stephen reads this in time...
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:47 pm

Kevin, I have just sent a PM to Stephen. Thanks for warning. Hope he reads it.
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