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May 08, 2006 18:54 as a reply to  @ post 1488692 |  #16

well how much would a visible dust brush cost?


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May 08, 2006 19:00 |  #17

Ack, I'd never use anything stronger than a squeeze bulb myself for blowing dust out. As for sensor brushes, some are expensive and some aren't. Do some research for yourself and work out what you feel better with using. I got myself a nice masking brush that does the job for me (yes I did the 1000 swipe test) as I prefer to not pay too much.

For wet swabbing like Peter I use high grade Isopropyl alcohol (99% pure) but I use a tiny bit of microfibe cloth which I throw away each time.

I use all these cleaning methods but I normally just try the squeeze bulb first as 8 out of every 10 times it's good enough.


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May 08, 2006 19:03 |  #18

the squeeze bulb was the reason why i have so much dust in my sensor LOL!!


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May 08, 2006 19:08 as a reply to  @ AFcrosshair-1's post |  #19

AFcrosshair-1 wrote:
well how much would a visible dust brush cost?

$100

To answer the earlier question: is it worth it? A resounding no.

I have the Coppoerhill kit. Same principles with a much more sane price tag.

BTW, compressor to clean the sensor?? :shock:


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May 08, 2006 19:09 as a reply to  @ AFcrosshair-1's post |  #20

What about taking your camera to your local camera store and have them clean the sensor and body? Is that a good idea or no? Only negatives I can think of are cost (maybe) and them doing a bad job but hopefully they guaruntee their work.
Just a thought...Has anyone tried it?


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May 08, 2006 19:13 as a reply to  @ KevinG3's post |  #21

lol... i personally wouldn't go to a local camera shop... these people probably love fookin around with ur shi* cause i remember my canon i9900 was broken from a paper jam an i went all the way deep in LI to get it fixed an when they fixed it they messed the facial part of my printer an probably messed my internals of the printer to the point that it leaks ink everytime it prints!!!


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May 08, 2006 19:18 as a reply to  @ AFcrosshair-1's post |  #22

I don't see any dust on my sensor, but I have spots on some of my pics. I did the shoot the sky shot at f22 or higher. When I fog the sensor I can see the spots that I have in pics. Must be some kind of oil or something on the sensor. What kind of cleaner do I need for that? I don't know if I can find most cleaners up here in Alaska. There is a Ritz - Kits Camera about 200 miles from me.


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May 08, 2006 19:20 |  #23

darn bro you might have to get a pec pad kit for your camera , or a visible brush kit unless the visible brush set is too expensive cause its around $130 but the pec pad is around $30 which should be better to use...


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May 08, 2006 20:32 as a reply to  @ AFcrosshair-1's post |  #24

Does anyone use some variant on a suction(vacuum) method for sensor cleaning? at least that would remove the dust from the camera body, not just blow it around inside. I not suggesting a domestic vacuum cleaner.




  
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May 08, 2006 21:45 |  #25

i dont think that would be any help honestly... i was thinking about it but if you really go on doing it i dont think your sensor would stand a chance...


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May 08, 2006 22:21 as a reply to  @ post 1488752 |  #26

I am very hapy with sensor swabs.:D


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May 08, 2006 22:27 |  #27

I ordered some of visible dusts' swabs a while back from B&H. I used to use Q-Tip brand swabs and Kodak lens cleaner with pretty good results. The only problem is they will leave a little lint behind sometimes, but it blows right out with a rocket blower.

The visible dust swabs work much better than the q-tips. Really, I can't imagine spending so much money on something that is so very easy to clean. 50 swabs costs $10. But then, I haven't tried the others.


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May 08, 2006 23:11 as a reply to  @ dfjames's post |  #28

dfjames wrote:
Does anyone use some variant on a suction(vacuum) method for sensor cleaning? at least that would remove the dust from the camera body, not just blow it around inside. I not suggesting a domestic vacuum cleaner.

I made a device that consists of a 1/4" plastic aquarium air line and a plastic squeeze bottle that attaches to the hose of a vacuum. Works very well for getting rid of the dust inside the body and mirror box.



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May 08, 2006 23:16 as a reply to  @ post 1488520 |  #29

AFcrosshair-1 wrote:
I was thinking of saving about $100 an buying the visible dust system brushes for my sensor an cleaning it out with that. Do you guys think its worth that much money???

There are perfectly good brushes available for less than $20.00. I have some and they work perfectly. They are like the visible dust brushes, minus the $80.00 worth of marketing hype and packaging fluff.

Regarding how to clean the sensor.

I use a hand blower bulb to get rid of most of the dust. If there is dust that will not come off with the blower I use two special brushes I have. I got them on ebay (link below) and they were less than $20.00 US. So far I have not had anything stuck to the sensor that required anything more than this.

Here is a great 8-page link with a very detailed methodology regarding cleaning the sensor with brushes. This includes how to select brushes and do the cleaning. Be sure to read all of it before you do anything.

http://www.prime-junta.net …/a_Brush_Your_S​ensor.html (external link)

Here is a general overview that details most of the various sensor cleaning methodologies.

http://www.cleaningdig​italcameras.com/ (external link)

Link to inexpensive brushes that I use to clean my sensors. The quality of these brushes is consistant with the 8 page article above. They are perfect, and inexpensive. You will need canned air to charge the nylon brushes.

http://cgi.ebay.com …ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcm​dZViewItem (external link)

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May 08, 2006 23:19 as a reply to  @ post 1488688 |  #30

Blue Deuce wrote:
In addition to the Copperhill method I have used a compressor to blow off particles from the mirror, prism, the ends of len's as well as the sensor for years. Turn the regulator down to 15 to 20 PSI and make sure you have a drier / filter installed inline to eliminate any water or other particles you dont want.

I would not think of doing this w/o the filter and regulator installed.

I also use this method and it works great.


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