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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

Hi all,

Having recently upgraded from my trusty D30 to a 20D the dust issue is much more of a problem than was previously the case.

I want to pick up the kit which is recommended by Copper Hill http://www.pbase.com/copperhill/image/46845039 as it seems to do an excellent job.

The kit is sold by a European outlet http://chili-pix.ch/shop/product_inf...d=6501add4d2ec9fa607705bed7f07c287 charging a rough equiv. of £40 all in for the kit.

But, http://www.warehouseexpress.com/index.cfm?Photo/cleaning/digipad.html have the Eclipse liquid for £7.99, the same pack of Pec-Pad wipes for £5.99 so the only other thing I would require is a spatular to use with the Pec-Pad's.

Does anyone know if I am able to purchase these separately because other wise (unless I have got the pricings wrong) I am paying an awful lot for just the spatular.


Ben Pritchard

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User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Ben I tried that too but it seems you can't as they sell you a box of them for quite a large amount of money. I think the spatular's from Warehouse express come pre-wraped with pec pads and that is why. Unless you can get a sensor swipe seperately from Copperhill.

Take care


It doesn't look like you can Ben, http://www.pbase.com/copperhill/ccd_cleaning

[Edited 2005-10-19 14:28:04]

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User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4162 times:



User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4124 times:
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I got my cleaning stuff from Warehouse Express, and very impressed I was too with their service. I have the DigiPads - pec pads on a spatula - and they are a lot cheaper than the sensor swabs, but still they work out at about £2 each!

Once I used my first one I took it apart and I have to say that for all the world the spatula looks like the same thing kids use in junior school to spread (PVA) glue on stuff they are making. You may be able to buy the very same things from any shop that sells those kind of stationery things. Obviously, one advantage of the DigiPads is that they are sized accurately for the sensor, but I am not sure how crucial that would be really (so long as it is not too big). You can check the appropriate size for your camera from the sites that sell the kits, and then go to a shop to see if you can pick up the equivalent spatula. I also know a 'nameless' uploader here who made his own out of a bit of plastic. He says it does the job fine!

Take it easy.


User currently offlineMrk25 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 225 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

Hi Ben, I made my first spatula from a cut down tile grout spreader, worked fine with a Pec Pad on it. I have since purchased some Digipads as Paul did.
I have found the "Sensor Sweep" from Copperhill very good, it is very handy for a quick clean instead of of the full PecPad & Eclipse. Just hover the brush over the sensor and the dust is attracted to it even from 3 - 4mm above the sensor.

User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

Hi all,

Many thanks for your help on this. I have placed an order for the kit complete with spatular, I agree it does look like a PVA glue spatular! That takes me back....

Expensive the spatular maybe but the other equipment it reasonable from now on so I have gone for it.


Ben Pritchard

NB : I had a go with the Intemos DSLR sticks this morning and have to say I am a little dissapointed. I had to use quite a few sticks and ended up withsome parts of the sensor looking good but still with a good few spots, just in different places. I also found them to be much more sticky than I had anticipated and made them a little difficult to move easily around the sensor.

[Edited 2005-10-20 12:16:31]

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4016 times:


I have been using the Copper Hill product for about 18 months now and let me tell you, its great. A lot of people are apprehensive about cleaning their own sensor but, I tell you, it's a breeze.

I still have some Eclipse left and a bunch of peckpads. I see they have raised the prices substantially.


User currently offlineChrisM001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 73 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

I agree, cleaning your sensor using the pec-pads isn't too bad once you get over the fear of doing it the first time. Interesting that everyone with a 20D is having to clean their sensors far more frequently.... With my old 300D it seemed to last much longer, but I guess that's the price of progress.

Now if only Canon could come up with a way for the sensor to keep itself clean, that would be a DSLR worth getting!!! Big grin

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