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tanglefoot47
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Besides spit and a paper towel what is the best method to cleaning the camera contacts?

Mikey



Dec 24, 2011 at 10:19 PM
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Hey Mike,

I have used CRC electrical contact cleaner for years on electrical assemblies; you can find it at Home Depot and Lowes in the electrical supplies section. Another "solution" is Everclear, available from your local gun & beverage store, at least the ones' I know in Fallon, Nevada... .

Regards,

Edd



Dec 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Clean contacts?


Pencil eraser.


Dec 24, 2011 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Clean contacts?


jaybird555 wrote:
Pencil eraser.


Isn't an eraser a little abrasive? Think I have heard not to use it on contacts.



Dec 24, 2011 at 10:49 PM
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roboticspro wrote:
Hey Mike,

I have used CRC electrical contact cleaner for years on electrical assemblies; you can find it at Home Depot and Lowes in the electrical supplies section. Another "solution" is Everclear, available from your local gun & beverage store, at least the ones' I know in Fallon, Nevada... .

Regards,

Edd


Good I will check this out I work next to the HD



Dec 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Clean contacts?


You could always try a Contact Cleaner

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/163356-REG/Hama_HA_5629_Contact_Cleaner.html



Dec 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Clean contacts?


Q-tip and alcohol.


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Ben Horne wrote:
You could always try a Contact Cleaner

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/163356-REG/Hama_HA_5629_Contact_Cleaner.html


This is interesting for sure but I am going to try the Qtip Alcohol method and see what happens



Dec 26, 2011 at 06:36 AM
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jaybird555 wrote:
Pencil eraser.


tanglefoot47 wrote:
Isn't an eraser a little abrasive? Think I have heard not to use it on contacts.


You probably heard it from a contact cleaner salesman.

Seriously, I've been using the eraser end of a pencil for battery and lens contacts for years; never had a problem. I just go gently, and I break out the contact cleaner if it's really bad.



Dec 26, 2011 at 09:23 AM
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From the school of "If it ain't broke....", do you clean your contracts only after you have had an error occur, or just as a routine maintenance process? Having owned Canon gear for over 8 years, I have never cleaned contacts.


Dec 26, 2011 at 02:12 PM
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If you guys are cleaning the contacts just for the sake of cleaning the contacts... it really isn't necessary. I would only clean them if you are having a problem such as a corroded battery in a flash, or something along those lines. I think more photographers damage their equipment by overzealous cleaning than other common causes.


Dec 26, 2011 at 04:27 PM
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chas wrote:
From the school of "If it ain't broke....", do you clean your contracts only after you have had an error occur, or just as a routine maintenance process? Having owned Canon gear for over 8 years, I have never cleaned contacts.


Ben Horne wrote:
If you guys are cleaning the contacts just for the sake of cleaning the contacts... it really isn't necessary. I would only clean them if you are having a problem such as a corroded battery in a flash, or something along those lines. I think more photographers damage their equipment by overzealous cleaning than other common causes.


"If it ain't broke don't fix it" works for some folk, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" works for others.

I look at my contacts every time I change a lens or a battery. If I see any black or green where I should see only silver or gold, I clean it; if I don't, I don't.



Dec 26, 2011 at 06:47 PM
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The contacts are gold plated, and do not ozidize. The "wiping" action as you twist a lens to install it will almost always wipe away any light dirt or oil.

Unless you are in a very dirty / oily environment, cleaning the contacts only serves to wear off the gold plating, and then you really will need to clean corrosion away.

If you must clean them, use a soft non-abrasive cloth and alcohol or a non-abrasive contact cleaner.

I've had dozens of lenses and many camera bodies over the past 15 years and never needed to clean the contacts.



Dec 26, 2011 at 06:56 PM





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