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How often do you clean your sensor?

 
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Mar 15, 2013 12:39 |  #16

I have a 1DsMkII that I bought back in either 2005 or 2006.....never once have I wet cleaned it. I just use the rocket blower. I also have another 1DsMkII and a 5D and I've never wet cleaned them either....in fact, I've never wet cleaned a camera ever. Just use a rocket blower. That said, I don't go looking for dust and when/if it does show up, I simply clone it out. I know that if I go shoot a sky at f22, my sensors will show all kinds of spots.......but I don't often shoot skies at f22 so I find it to rarely be an issue for me.




  
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Mar 20, 2013 14:57 as a reply to  @ jra's post |  #17

Never had to clean or even rocket my 5D3 but my 1Ds2 needs regular rocketing and a good wet clean twice a year, and I use both of these cameras about the same amount and what is more, in India. The 5D3's self cleaning system is astonishing.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:15 |  #18

Ursie wrote in post #15716928 (external link)
Just curious how often you find your sensor needs to be cleaned (as opposed to just using your rocket blower)

I never knew the sensors would need anything other than the rocket blower. The only stuff that ever can get on my sensors is dust, and that is what the rocket blower is for.

I clean my 5D's sensor with the rocket blower multiple times per day (on days when I'm shooting), but in almost 5 years of continuous use, I have never cleaned it any other way. I have never seen the need to do so.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:44 |  #19

I find it depends where you are. Any time I've been near the ocean there is a need to clean the sensors with the wet method. I believe it is the result of salt spray which doesn't blow off.

In the desert, where I live, the amount of dust is very great and during the windy season, that sometimes requires the wet method as well. I've also heard that for some reason the 5DM2 is more prone to need cleaning than other models.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:47 |  #20

The only reason why full-frame sensors would "need" more cleaning is because they have a larger surface area to collect dust in.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:49 |  #21

Wet cleaned my 5DIII this week.. nearly a year to the day from buying it.. used up 3 swabs though.
Nearly as expensive as sending in the shop.. :) .

If you're constantly shooting wide open with fast lenses you'll never see it, but primarily doing landscapes shows up everything.. there's only so much spot healing I can take.

Hopefully clean for another year...:)


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Mar 20, 2013 16:16 |  #22

Yes Jayrou, that has been my experience as well. It's always when I'm doing landscape photography.


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Mar 20, 2013 16:55 |  #23

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15736742 (external link)
I clean my 5D's sensor with the rocket blower multiple times per day (on days when I'm shooting), but in almost 5 years of continuous use, I have never cleaned it any other way. I have never seen the need to do so.

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Take a shot of a clear sky at f/22 and tell us what you find. :)


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Mar 20, 2013 16:57 |  #24

Curtis N wrote in post #15737095 (external link)
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Take a shot of a clear sky at f/22 and tell us what you find. :)

I find lots & lots of spots caused by dust - that's why I blow the sensor off so often - to get rid of that dust.


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Mar 21, 2013 04:59 |  #25

Tom Reichner wrote in post #15737103 (external link)
I find lots & lots of spots caused by dust - that's why I blow the sensor off so often - to get rid of that dust.

Does the 5d2 and 3's auto sensor cleaning really work? I have read that because sensors remain somewhat charged, the auto-cleaning and rocket cleanings don't fully do the trick.

I might try the test when time allows: take the clear sky f22 shot, rocket the sensor, take the shot again and see what difference there is, if any.


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Mar 21, 2013 05:23 |  #26

Never. I just use auto clean.


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Mar 21, 2013 05:43 |  #27

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #15738807 (external link)
I have read that because sensors remain somewhat charged, the auto-cleaning and rocket cleanings don't fully do the trick.

Wherever you read that - it's wrong.

The 5DIII will be using a system similar to, possibly better than, the one on my 7D. And that hasn't been cleaned for over 2 years - and still doesn't require cleaning.


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Mar 21, 2013 11:38 |  #28

I haven't found that the sensor cleaning does anything to dust spots on my sensor. Have done the test shot before, then the sensor cleaning then test again. Spots are the same.

Then rocket blower, test shots, spots same.

So when I get spots I seem to need a wet clean (all on my 5DM2)


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Mar 21, 2013 14:43 |  #29

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #15738807 (external link)
Does the 5d2 and 3's auto sensor cleaning really work? I have read that because sensors remain somewhat charged, the auto-cleaning and rocket cleanings don't fully do the trick.

Dan, I assume you directed this question at me (because you quoted me). I do not know the answer because I do not have a 5D2 or a 5D3. I have used a borrowed 5D2 in the past, but only briefly, and when I used it I never had any reason to pay attention to the sensor cleaning function.


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Mar 21, 2013 14:46 |  #30

I have not done any cleaning other than the cameras own (auto)cleaning when turning on and off


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