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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Cleaning Sensor


I've found some unwanted soft grey spots against clear sky on my photos and lens is clean. It's about time for me to clean the sensor. This will be my first. Got any advice on what to use and what to do? TIA.



Nov 13, 2004 at 05:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Cleaning Sensor


check this out

http://www.pbase.com/copperhill/ccd_cleaning



Nov 13, 2004 at 05:20 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Cleaning Sensor


My advice - first, do exactly as it says in your instruction book. I found that cleans off most of the dust spots..... check against new image pointed at light object, with the lens stopped down fully. Its worth trying before probing deep into your camera..... thats my advice.... best regards john Bristol UK


Nov 13, 2004 at 05:25 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Cleaning Sensor


I'm buying the stuff reviewed here:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-6460-7296



Nov 13, 2004 at 06:25 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Cleaning Sensor


I purchased my 10D at best buy with an extended service plan. When the sensor needed cleaning I brought it in. Long story short the gave me a new one. I am waiting for them to run out of 10D's, then I hope to have themgive a service my 10D to a 20D.




Nov 13, 2004 at 06:30 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Cleaning Sensor


Cleaning your sensor is easier than returning a camera to circuit city. I just did it for the first time and if you follow the copperhill instructions you will be blown away by how easy it is.

It took me three swipes but now its cleaner than new. Its really as easy as changing a roll of film.




Nov 13, 2004 at 07:30 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Cleaning Sensor


Copperhill - without a doubt!

My 10D was used, though very lightly when I got it, it had been sitting around for a while, and there was some serious dust on the sensor. I didn't know this, and shot way. Such a noob.

Well, my sky shots were littered with junk. To Google I went.

Bought a $3 spatula, cut it down, bought some Eclipse (it comes with 10 Pec Pads) and went to town.

Had to go through the procedure 4 times to get the stubborn stuff off, but wow, what a difference! During the process I got very comfortable with it, and now wouldn't hesitate to do it on my 20D (I just won't wait as long).

Do yourself a favor, clean the lens with a method that gets the dirt out, not just blows it around so the next time the sensor has any charge on it, all the dust jumps back onto it!

Of course, your milage may vary.

-Tom



Nov 13, 2004 at 08:06 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Cleaning Sensor


I second the copperhill method. I bought the Eclipse fluid and the sensor swabs. After one or two cleanings, it is really easy and only takes a few minutes to clean the sensor.



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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Cleaning Sensor


Before you try anything else just use a bulb blower the first time.


Nov 13, 2004 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Cleaning Sensor


Thanks everyone. I will heed your suggestions.


Nov 14, 2004 at 03:32 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Cleaning Sensor


After any cleaning method, put the camera into burst mode and fire away some shots at your highest framerate. If you only take a single shot after checking, you might not see any dust jumping back to the sensor, but after a series of fast shutter movement, you'll see more. Then clean again


Nov 14, 2004 at 05:03 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Cleaning Sensor


OK! Finally I'm done and it's 99% clean. Only one very very tiny spot in the corner. I'm counting my blessing for now.


Nov 14, 2004 at 09:12 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Cleaning Sensor


Well, method did you use?
-Tom



Nov 14, 2004 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Cleaning Sensor


Method 1: Using bulb blower. That didn't work. It just rearranged the dirt.

Method 2: Wiping sensor. Used cut-off plastic knife and lens paper. No solution applied. Wrapped lens cleaning paper around the cut-off knife. Wiped the sensor couple of times.

I had to wipe at least 2 times to get 99% of dirt out.



Nov 15, 2004 at 02:00 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Cleaning Sensor


very brave!


Nov 15, 2004 at 04:07 AM







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