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| p.1 #8 · cleaning the sensor myself |
I shoot with a Nikon D4 and I have a D700 as my backup. I took them in two months ago for sensor cleaning, but a quick test showed there was still a lot of dust on the sensor. I just really don't have time to keep dropping it off, but I need the sensor clean.
I know you guys are constantly encouraging people to clean their own sensors, and that's the direction I'm leaning. Just a couple of questions.
1. What's the likelihood of my damaging my sensor if I try this?
2. I know there are videos out there, and...Show more →
1. Unless you are using sandpaper, the odds are minimal.
2. It takes a little bit of practice, but it's not difficult.
3. I use a Giottos RocketBlower and a Sensor pen. I've not needed wet cleaning yet, but depending on where you are, you may need one. Check with your manufacturer for specific recommendations. Some sensors have coatings that require specific chemicals to wet clean with.
I clean sensors at camera club meetings all the time. You can't get all the dust, and you won't be able to see any of it, so you have to be methodical and take your time. More than one pass is normal, and not a problem, just check after each cleaning for spots. I normally don't worry about small spots near the frame edge because they'll normally be hidden by details and no one looks at the edge of the frame for spots unless you are doing a lot of continuous tone shots.