Sensor Cleaning

TLW Photography 1:41am, 8 January 2009
I need my sensor to be cleaned u can see it in my photos. Does anyone know where I can send my camera for a cleaning in New York City. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

TLW Photography Tomasz Wasik
BoldPuppy 10 years ago
In NYC, you might be able to take it to Adorama or BH Photovideo (though I don't know if they do any repairs there, as I've never been in their stores).

You can also call the manufacturer to see if they have a repair facility there in NYC, though any reputable camera dealer can do that work.
Bo Eder 10 years ago
Would you be interested in doing it yourself? Once you get past the first set of bundled nerves, it's really quite easy.

I use Sensor Swabs and their Eclipse solution.
Damien Franco PRO 10 years ago
I'm a fan of sending a camera directly to the manufacturer for cleaning if you don't want to clean it yourself. The reason: If they screw it up, they'll replace it.

One downside is that it often takes longer and is probably more expensive.

At the very least, make sure that the person cleaning your gear is certified!
DLC Photos PRO 10 years ago
I have done it myself a few times with the Delkin kit and it is pretty easy to do.
Airchinapilot PRO 10 years ago
I could never go without my camera for the weeks it might take the manufacturer to do something as simple as wiping the sensor.

I've tried lots of things.
-- quick blow with Rocket Blower when I'm in a hurry
-- liquid solution with American Recorder swabs ($30 for 5 swabs?!?!)
-- I've even done the pristine Scotch tape method when I have fifteen minutes, have new tape and feel I have a steady hand

Now all I do is use the Blower and then use the smaller Lens pen that fits the sensor. I see no reason to pay someone $50 to open up my camera and do the same thing. I wipe it a few times and it gets rid of the most annoying dust. My sensor isn't totally clean but then I don't stress about the bits on the edges I can easily clone out in post processing.

The liquid solution for me probably had the best results but it also takes more time and the swabs are expensive.
supreme bells [deleted] 10 years ago
I've read of even top of the line bodies coming back from the manufacturer with dust still on the sensor. Something about not having "clean rooms" like the factory.

If you change lenses a lot you'll constantly have to remove dust. It's initially scary, but doing it a few times and there's nothing to it.

There are lots of websites that show how to do it. Just make sure you get the appropriate cleaning solution for the type of material the sensor filter is made of.
special eyes [deleted] 10 years ago
I use Eclipse solution with sensor swabs, and it works great and is not difficult to do. I a total idiot when it comes to doing simple practical things, so I guess if I can do it, anyone can.

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