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Sensor Cleaning - DIY?

 
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Jan 20, 2011 21:06 |  #1

Hey everyone,

I've notice a few spots in my images and figured i need to get my sensor cleaned. As a test I took some shots of the sky with a small aperture and sure enough, visible spots. (will try post later)

I tried different lenses and got the same result, which rules out lenses being the problem. I'm not in a location where there are a lot of places that i would trust to clean my sensor.

I've heard horror stories about all the local places, and i won't be travelling to anywhere that has a reputed camera service location any time soon.

I would like to clean it myself, but i'm terrified I will mess it up. My camera isn't insured either. I'm using a 1dsMkII.

Is this something I should risk doing myself?



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Jan 20, 2011 21:08 |  #2

i did it myself on my 40d. pretty easy. i watched a few youtube instructional vids that showed how to do it and read a few posts here too for the step by steps/things to look out for, etc. before i took the plunge.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:17 |  #3

Learning to clean a digital sensor is just part of SLR life. It's like brushing your teeth or wiping your..... you get the picture. It's actually quite a simple procedure and there are many methods to choose from. Take a look at this site for a overview of the different methods.
http://www.cleaningdig​italcameras.com/ (external link)

As long as you follow the simple steps and don't do anything silly, there is little one can do to screw things up. My favorite method of cleaning remains the good old fashioned wet clean with eclipse solution, a sensor want and a few pec pads.
http://www.copperhilli​mages.com/index.php?pr​=tutorials (external link)


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Jan 20, 2011 21:18 |  #4

it is very simple. I use the visible dust swabs and sensor solution. Paying a shop to do it is a complete waste of money.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:25 |  #5

also a light burst from a rocket blower might do the trick. though you may want to be careful about blowing dust around inside the camera and into the viewfinder.


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Jan 20, 2011 21:47 as a reply to  @ col4bin's post |  #6

link Visible Dust Swabs for 1.3x Sensor (external link)


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Jan 22, 2011 02:11 |  #7

thanks for all the replies everyone.

very helpful :)



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Jan 22, 2011 03:44 |  #8

Remember it's not the actual sensor you are cleaning, but the glass in front of it. I've done DIY cleaning on my EOS20D since I got it about 10 years ago. Bottle of mixture and those spade shaped cleaners. One wipe across the "sensor" and it's done.. (I am not a professional or particularly competent photographer but I wasn't about to spend £25 every time there was a speck of dust).




  
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