JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1247 times:
I just cut down a small rubber spatula. Actually I made two. Prepared them both with swabs, two drops on the pad and swiped one direction. Then two drops on the other, and back the other way. Total time, less the 5 minutes.
*Practice on a mirror once or twice and you will see that no residue is left behind. The fluid evaporates very quickly.
-Don't put too much Eclipse on the pad (2 or 3 drops ONLY)
-Swipe one direction
-Don't reuse the pad (they are cheap)
-Don't press too hard, it really does not take much pressure
Shoot a few shots up at a blue sky, check to see if anything was left behind, if so make another and give it another swipe.
JT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
It sounds a bit high to me, but without knowing exactly what they did it's hard to say. From the sound of it they probably charge by the hour and spent some time working on your camera. It should be easy enough to find out.
Sure you can continue to send your unit in for cleaning every time it gets dirty, but it seems like it will get very expensive. As mentioned above, there are much cheaper and very safe ways to have a clean sensor.
I use the Fuji S2 Pro and when my sensor first needed cleaning I followed the manufacturers guide-lines for cleaning. I purchased Sensor Swabs and Eclipse from http://www.photosol.com The sensor was like new afterwards.
I found the following link there http://www.pbase.com/copperhill/ccd_cleaning ,which shows you how to make a inexpensive cleaning tool which some photographers claim works as well or better than the recommended Sensor Swabs. You will still need to get some Eclipse and Pec Pads.
I would do a little reading up from these sources and try cleaning the sensor yourself next time.
Riley From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 173 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
I purchased my 10D from a dealer in Dallas in May. They have cleaned my sensor twice at NO CHARGE, however, I am a regular customer and have purchased two lenses, a printer, plus other accessories from them... Good People.