admin
I saw on Karl's Strawberry Wine shot, people had commented on the dust spots that showed up on the photo.

To get rid of these, I use :
www.amazon.com/Giottos-AA1900-Large-Rocket-Blaster/dp/B00...

And when the dust is stubborn and won't come off by force of air, I use this kit. Works awesome and is not as Scary to do as you might think.

www.2filter.com/prices/products/Sensor_Swabs.html

it is 100 times easier to not have the dust on the sensor then to clone it later.

A way to reduce the presence of sensor dust is to change lenses in a windless, dustless environment and make the lens change as quick as possible.
MOD
Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
i've actually been wondering about this...

thanks
MOD
Karl W. 11 years ago
we should have a sensor cleaning party! at the next meeting
MOD
Akatzmarkphotography 11 years ago
I have heard you can do it with plain scotch tape.
admin
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
I wouldn't put anything adhesive or non abraiasive anywhere near my sensor, no matter what.
admin
MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina Posted 11 years ago. Edited by MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina (admin) 11 years ago
IF you go to First Photo.. they have this microscope thing that they use to see the dust and then they clean it for free. Let the pros do it I say... Ive used those swabs Shawn and did not like my results. Many streak marks and water spots left over.
MOD
Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
first photo...hmm...i recently experienced the worst customer service there

normally they are great though ;)
admin
manley.josh 11 years ago
moe, do you just go in ask to have it cleaned or do they do it if you purchase something?
MOD
ectro 11 years ago
Yes the rocket blaster works wonders, and I use it for all sorts of things
admin
HBRstudios Posted 11 years ago. Edited by HBRstudios (admin) 11 years ago
Please never use tape on your sensor! Also, canned air may also damage it! And never use water with any kind of wipes (only use methanol based cleaner specific to this kind of work.)
admin
HBRstudios 11 years ago
I have Sensor Swabs (and an off brand model) along with a rocket blaster and have had good results.
admin
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
I called 1st photo before I bought the swabs and they told me they don't clean sensors for customers, but i could buy a sensor scope for like $175.

Also, they seem real arrogant up there. I try not to go there because of that reason although when I bought a cable release for my film camera, they asked If I would rather buy a used one. So that was one good experience I had.
MOD
Akatzmarkphotography 11 years ago
Hmm i have never done it at all. Does it need to be done with camera that have a sensor cleaner( which i have also never used)?

So basically, there is no place that will clean it around here... that sucks! Cameras are heavy to ship..
admin
Hmmm strange. I had my camera sensor cleaned at 1st photo and so did a friend. We didn't buy anything and the did it with no questions asked. I have always had great customer service there but horrible service at Duluth Camera Exchange downtown. They were assholes to me on several different occasions. I have an air compressor and I used that the other day with great results.
admin
HBRstudios 11 years ago
Aaron, I must warn you about the dangers of damaging your low-pass filter. I don't exactly know what kind of a air compressor you are using, but I believe that it very well could be too strong and you take the chance of having to get yourself a new D200.
admin
Also, be careful with an aircompressor as there is condenstation in the tank and the combo of air and water could cause damage.

P.S. Aaron, I bet they started doing it recently, i called a few months back. That is good to know that you have had good experiences up there.
MOD
maxcaven 11 years ago
compressed air is a big no no, either in can or from an actual air compressor
MOD
Akatzmarkphotography 11 years ago
"horrible service at Duluth Camera Exchange downtown. They were assholes to me on several different occasions"

A big, yeah that!
admin
I do use it with great caution... I don't use it at full power. not even half. Just a slight breeze and I run it for a while before I go near my camera to get any condensation out of the line. It's not anything I plan to use ooften,, just gave it a go this one time treating it like the power of those rockets and it worked fine. Thanks for the heads up.
admin
admin
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
I don't know, Aaron. it seems like other than the Rocket Blower, the rest of the stuff is generic.

Not that my stuff is superior, but i will break it down to let others know what I use for sensor and lens cleaning.

1. Giottos Rocket Blower (also comes in handy for framing)
2. Sensor Swabs from 2 filter.com
3. 3M Micro Fiber Glass Lens Cleaning Cloth (can be had on Ebay for about $6 shipped) I use this to clean my filters and my lenses. I have read it is allot safer than using optical solution.

I should also mention that I had bought two dirty Hoya filters and could not get them clean with the optical solution I purchased. I bought this cloth and with the help of my breath on the glass, all of the grime came off with ease.
MOD
Karl W. 9 years ago
I think I might buy some sensor swabs today but when i looked inside my camera I noticed that there is quite a bit of dust that is stuck to the mirror. I wondering if I should try to clean that up also and if so how to go about it?
admin
JustinSinks 9 years ago
I clean my mirror the same way I clean my sensor. First i try the air method, then if that doesnt work, i use a swab with a little sensor cleaning liquid on it, and give it a light wipe down. Just be careful!
MOD
Karl W. 9 years ago
k, thanks!
Groups Beta