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So i've messed my sensor up...

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May 25, 2009 13:19 |  #1

So my sister was messing around with my camera when I wasn't around and managed to take the lens off my 5D and enable sensor cleaning mode in the space of 10 mins. Then she got bored and left it, therefore my sensor is in pretty bad shape. I'd like to know what to do next please guys, I hope its ok. :mad:

Heres a shot of a white ceiling (hence the change in white to the left of the frame), f16, 97mm, ISO 1600.

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May 25, 2009 13:25 |  #2

Looks like a bad cleaning job to me. With maybe some dirt on the lens causing the larger white dots.

Also, do you have your white balance set wrong?

And what is that extra colour change at the left? Is that the transition of the wall to the ceiling?

What does a picture with actual detailed content look like?

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May 25, 2009 13:29 |  #3

Just get a lenspen or other cleaning solution and start working at it. This is already a level that blowers are useless for, and you'll likely need to clean it half a dozen times until it looks good. Not much to worry about though, doesn't look like scratches, just some dirt and hairs. DON'T use it at all before you clean though, because that is when gunk an get dislodged and mess up the shutter or sensor. And keep small children (those under 16) away from your cameras at all times, they are hazardous to the health of your camera.

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May 25, 2009 13:49 |  #4

Check this site: http://www.copperhilli​​=tutorials1 (external link). Also call B&H photo (external link) and ask, as they have other similar sensor cleaners.

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May 25, 2009 15:18 |  #5

Looks to me like most of that is tiny hairs - you should be able to dislodge them with a blower. The round dots are more likely to be stubborn and require wet cleaning.

Here's a good overview of sensor cleaning:
http://www.cleaningdig​ (external link)

and here's a good tutorial:
http://www.copperhilli​​=tutorials (external link)

I use the Copperhill kit for wet cleaning.


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May 25, 2009 15:20 |  #6

i hope thats your ceiling that is painted incorrectly and not your sensor. if it's your sensor, then your going to need a liquid solution cleaning kit to get rid of those streaks on your sensor.

solution: liquid sensor cleaning kit. dust blower won't solve the liquid streaks on your sensor

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May 25, 2009 15:39 |  #7

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May 25, 2009 15:42 as a reply to  @ cfibanez's post |  #8

Thanks for all the reply's guys!

One of my mates's dad works for Canon, so he's going to take it to work with him and get it fixed up for me professionally. ;)

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