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Old August 2nd, 2009, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default Dirty D-SLR Sensor

I have one AGAIN

notice the two black spots on the horizon...


Does anyone here clean their own?

It's not too expensive to have it cleaned professionally, only $50 and a week or so in the shop.
But... this is the second time in six months, I'm in a way of thinking that this is something I'm going to encounter three/four times a year.

Thats three or four weeks a year I'm w/o my camera and $150 to $200 a
year that I could keep in my pocket by doing this at home.


Your thoughts please...
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 09:00 AM   #2
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How does dust get inside? Is it not sealed or does it get in when you change lens? I have a cannon rebel xti and have not noticed dust like that but I will now look for any in mine

BTW nice shot where was that taken?
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It happens when you change lenses.
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I have dust on mine too. I usually just edit it out of the pictures when I edit them, it only takes a minute.
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BTW nice shot where was that taken?
On M22 just North of Arcadia.
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They sell sensor cleaning kits, not too expensive. If it were me id just pick up a blower, and set the body to mirror lockup and blow the crap out of it. Usually works for small amounts of dust, and requires no contact of the sensor.
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They sell sensor cleaning kits, not too expensive. If it were me id just pick up a blower, and set the body to mirror lockup and blow the crap out of it. Usually works for small amounts of dust, and requires no contact of the sensor.
I think thats what I'm going to do.
I can't hurt it any if I don't take it apart,
or touch the brush bristles

From what I've read its simple to do,
even if you have to get a brush in there.
It doesn't look like a difficult task to remove the dirty
sensor/low pass filter for cleaning either.
Buuuuuut... looks can be deceiving.

http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/
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Most of the cleaning systems i have seen come with a solution and a special swab for the LPF, I dont think most of the time that u have to remove it. I have used the blower method with pretty good success in the past with a dog hair and dust. Ive heard to stay away from brushes and the filter, could cause scratching. Its just what i hear so who knows....?

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http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/cleaning.htm
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Most of the cleaning systems i have seen come with a solution and a special swab for the LPF, I dont think most of the time that u have to remove it. I have used the blower method with pretty good success in the past with a dog hair and dust. Ive heard to stay away from brushes and the filter, could cause scratching. Its just what i hear so who knows....?

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I'm still not sure if I'm going to try this on my own.
I keep finding horror stories on do it yourself jobs
This solution is probably methanol
As far as I can tell, the biggest problem with brushes is grease,
from your skin and from inside the moving parts of the camera body.


Here is the best information I have found on this subject so far.
http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/
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I've never had a problem with dust (I only have one lens and it never comes off) but I'd give the blower or shop vac method a try.
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Great website

Someone here posted a link to kenrockwell.com before... maybe you?

There is a ton of great info there, including a link to the how to I found most helpful.
I've been lucky enough to acumulate 4 lenses and am always changing them out.
as I havent a clue what I'm doing and am learning the hard way
With as often as I change lenses I'm lucky this is only the second time the Sensor/LPF is dirty.
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My uncle is a pro photog, and has been for a LONG time. His take on the lens changing thing is that the static produced in the camera body just from walking with it or moving around will attract anything around like a dryer cloth on a sweater. Best thing is to avoid changing lenses in a dirty environment if possible, and make sure anything on the new lens is cleaned off first before mounting.

Ken Rockwell has a lot of good info, but as i read more, some of his stuff is pretty off the wall dumb. I like his reviews of everything, and usually they are pretty helpful in making a decision about a lens. Some of his info about shooting is strange though. He talks a lot about shooting in auto only, and that there is no need to go into manual mode. I personally dont ever shoot in auto unless its on my D40 which i use for my P&S now. The D200 is in manual ALL the time.

I guess its just personal opinion, but a lot of people i have talked to take his word about nikon for gospel, and should probably venture out a little and try some things in manual, and play around with some settings. I will admit when i first picked up my D40, i changed a lot of settings to what he was recommending, and after seeing everything that could be done in manual, i never went back.

Sorry [/rockwell rant]
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Feel better now?

I agree with the whole leaving it in auto being silly, how will you ever find out
what you/your camera is capable of if you don't experiment with it A LOT?
I'm pretty sure I got the dirt of a "new" lense.
My bad, I didn't inspect it before I attached it to the body.
...another lesson learned

Environment... Very important while changing lenses, doing it outside is BAD
(this is where I got the dirt the first time, frickin wind.)
you shouldn't ever change them outside. Inside the car with the doors
and windows shut and dust settled is better.
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Feel better now?

I agree with the whole leaving it in auto being silly, how will you ever find out
what you/your camera is capable of if you don't experiment with it A LOT?
I'm pretty sure I got the dirt of a "new" lense.
My bad, I didn't inspect it before I attached it to the body.
...another lesson learned

Environment... Very important while changing lenses, doing it outside is BAD
(this is where I got the dirt the first time, frickin wind.)
you shouldn't ever change them outside. Inside the car with the doors
and windows shut and dust settled is better.
Yea i do feel much better
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Hi, I had a nikon tech tell me with my D100 to use a vacuum cleaner. Set the shutter to lock open and hold it upside down over your hand and the running vacuum hose. The close the shutter and vacuum it again. Not a tight seal just enough to suck all the crap out of the camera. A friend of mine says he uses air to stir up stuff off the sensor then imediately vacuums it out. I have had both of mine professionally cleaned a couple of times (I changed lenses at a Werock comp in Portland and I never could get all the dirt back out) Take a photo of a light sky and look at it closely to see if you have gained any ground.
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Hi, I had a nikon tech tell me with my D100 to use a vacuum cleaner. Set the shutter to lock open and hold it upside down over your hand and the running vacuum hose. The close the shutter and vacuum it again. Not a tight seal just enough to suck all the crap out of the camera. A friend of mine says he uses air to stir up stuff off the sensor then imediately vacuums it out. I have had both of mine professionally cleaned a couple of times (I changed lenses at a Werock comp in Portland and I never could get all the dirt back out) Take a photo of a light sky and look at it closely to see if you have gained any ground.
I've been sucking and blowing this thing for a week to no avail.

all puns intended.
I'm simply going to have to cough up between $50 and $80 to have it done.
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I've been sucking and blowing this thing for a week to no avail.

all puns intended.
I'm simply going to have to cough up between $50 and $80 to have it done.
PM me for tips on sucking and blowing.
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