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Apr 17, 2012 18:12 |  #1

I'm coming from a 5dc to 5d2. Nice to have the automatic sensor cleaning.

How often are you wet cleaning or do you not need to now? I know situation will dictate, but generally speaking. I'm careful changing lenses, keep body pointed down, turn power off, etc.

I've got some eclipse solution, need to check if it's regular or E2 because they flipped flopped on 5dc for a while. For those using Eclipse, which do you use for 5d2?


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Apr 17, 2012 18:19 |  #2

I've never done it. Not to my 20D or my 40D or my 5DII (or the 10D when I had that). I have no issues.


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Apr 17, 2012 18:20 |  #3

I've never done it and I've had my 60D for 15 months, along with heavy use and lots of len changes. Rarely do I see any dust bunnies and if I do I just turn the camera on and off a few times and they're gone.


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Apr 17, 2012 18:22 |  #4

I will add wet cleaned my 20D quite a bit, theink I did more damage than good. I had my 40D done once and it was dirtier than before. Now if I see something troublesome I'll just use a little blower to blow the sensor off then use the cameras cleaner.


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Apr 17, 2012 21:39 |  #5

makes sense. Yeah, I'm a believer in if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Was more curious should I have to ever clean it, whether I could use my 5d eclipse solution or needed to buy the other version. I'll check whether I have eclipse or E2 out of curiousity.


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Apr 17, 2012 21:42 |  #6

I have cleaned my 40D's sensor a couple of times, but with a brush instead, an "Arctic Butterfly."


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Apr 17, 2012 21:48 |  #7

weegee wrote in post #14284036 (external link)
Yeah, I'm a believer in if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

+1. I've ruined too many good things by waking sleeping technological dogs.


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Apr 17, 2012 21:54 |  #8

It should be cleaned whenever it needs it.


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Apr 17, 2012 21:54 |  #9

As little as possible.


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Apr 17, 2012 21:55 |  #10

or never at all. ;)


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Apr 18, 2012 04:54 as a reply to  @ tomcat7886's post |  #11

Only when you get something smeared on it, which usually happens while removing dust that also has some 'crud' on it.

Blower
Brush
Dry clean
Wet clean

In that order.

I haven't done a wet clean in the 6 months I've had the 5DII although my T1i needed it after just a couple of months. On the other hand I seem to perpetually have at least 5-8 spots in the upper part of the frame, but I won't we clean unless I actually smear something across the sensor.


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Apr 18, 2012 06:37 |  #12

I have had my 5D2 for over three years and have not had to do a wet clean.


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Apr 18, 2012 07:08 |  #13

Ianfp wrote in post #14285595 (external link)
I have had my 5D2 for over three years and have not had to do a wet clean.

Have you tested it?


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Apr 18, 2012 07:53 |  #14

When you can't remove crud with a blower or brush, it is time to wet clean.


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Apr 18, 2012 08:28 |  #15

I wet clean all my sensors whenever they require it. The sensor cleaning in camera does not remove all dust, and I shoot at f11+ regularly where dust is noticeable. 1 or 2 drops of eclipse on a clean sensor swipe with moderate pressure isn't going to do any damage.


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