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Sep 10, 2007 15:02 |  #1

I have been trying to get these spots off my sensor in my 30D, and my rocket blower doesn't seem to be having any luck getting rid of them. Would i be able to clean them with a cotton swab, either with a cleaning solution or just nothing on it?


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Sep 10, 2007 15:06 |  #2

NO! Get some proper sensor swabs. The cotton swabs will leave fibers behind.


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Sep 10, 2007 15:07 |  #3

I second DDan's advice. I tried cleaning the focusing screen with a cotton swab and all the residual fibers were a pain to blow away.




  
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Sep 10, 2007 15:08 |  #4

Pick up a pack of sensor swabs and eclipse solution.
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Sep 10, 2007 18:29 |  #5

DON'T TOUCH IT!
Get a cleaning kit ASAP.

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Sep 10, 2007 18:34 |  #6

After reading this thread, I tried Scotch Tape and it works well. Check it out:

http://forums.dpreview​.com …rum=1034&messag​e=13015113 (external link)


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Sep 10, 2007 18:35 |  #7

I agree with all those below. Use either the sensor swabs, or the Copperhill method with pec pads and a sensor wand, or any of the other specific sensor cleaning techniques. Stay away from cotton swabs.

Check out this site for the different methods:
http://www.cleaningdig​italcameras.com/ (external link)


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Sep 10, 2007 20:39 |  #8

msowsun wrote in post #3903059 (external link)
After reading this thread, I tried Scotch Tape and it works well. Check it out:

http://forums.dpreview​.com …rum=1034&messag​e=13015113 (external link)

You're a braver man than me. Whenever I've used Scotch tape on something, it's always left a residue (especially at the edges of the tape).

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Oct 01, 2007 07:14 |  #9

I was looking at that kit nhbeast, and i went to B&H to see what their pricing was, and they had 3 kits, and the only difference being a different type of sensor swab. Which is the best for my 30D?


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Oct 01, 2007 07:39 |  #10

I'm kind of stuck on what to do. I would rather not send it away, but then again, it would get cleaned professionally. Or should i get a cleaning kit, which may/may not ruin my sensor? Overall, what would you do?


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Oct 01, 2007 08:25 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #11

Hi ,I just wanted to thank you for providing an outstanding site on cleaning the sensor . I am a cabinet maker and have played around with photography on and off . This is my first serious venture though . Purchased a 30D in mid June still have no used it yet ... As a peson who loves sharing woodworking advice to others I appreciate this information . Thank you again Sincerely Anthony


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Oct 01, 2007 09:01 |  #12

mknabster wrote in post #4042053 (external link)
I'm kind of stuck on what to do. I would rather not send it away, but then again, it would get cleaned professionally. Or should i get a cleaning kit, which may/may not ruin my sensor? Overall, what would you do?

I would go with either the Copperhill kit or the kit from Micro Tools. Both are great and the process is easy. Just take it slow the first through and read the instructions carefully. There are really one a few places one can go wrong like scrubbing too hard or using too much fluid. Anyway links to both below.

http://www.copperhilli​mages.com/index.php?pr​=Tutorials (external link)
https://www.micro-tools.com/store/Search​ByCategory.aspx?Catego​ryCode=DCK (external link)


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Oct 01, 2007 12:59 |  #13

Whatever method you decide to use make sure you test it before on a UV filter for example just to make sure that your method don't leave any residue.

Once you stick your swab or similar into your camera body make sure your hand is steady so you don't pick up any dirt or grease from the side walls next to your sensor.



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Oct 01, 2007 14:09 |  #14

msowsun wrote in post #3903059 (external link)
After reading this thread, I tried Scotch Tape and it works well. Check it out:

http://forums.dpreview​.com …rum=1034&messag​e=13015113 (external link)

I doubt you will find a Canon rep that would suggest this method. Untill Canon comes out with their own brand of tape I ain't doing it.



  
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Oct 01, 2007 14:17 |  #15

hmmm, the tape sounds interesting. I think I might try it. Sensor swabs still can leave a fibre here and there, and it doesn't do a great job of cleaning the very edges of the sensor. I'm gonna try the tape method on my 20D, but unsure about trying it on my 1d3 as the sensor filter is on a moving base (as is the 40D, XTi, and 1ds3)... I wonder if the tape would screw up that mechanism?


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