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Have I Damaged My Camera?  
User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

Hi all,

This might sound very silly but you just never know.....

I was cleaning my sensor (on a 30D) with a rocket blower and when finished I forgot to turn off the camera as the manual recommends. I proceeded to attach my lens with the sensor still in the 'clean' position. I quickly realised and tuned the camera off, thus flipping the sensor back to its normal position. Although I can't see this having any detrimental effect (apart from further dust with the sensor being exposed - after the incident I repeated the whole cleaning process to make certain) I'm not entirely sure. Can this cause any physical damage to the camera?



[Edited 2007-03-04 16:05:52]

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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

I assume you have tried it Karl? Run through some random pictures and settings to ensure everything "clicks" where it should and not "clunks". Check the results and if it seems fine, it probably is.

Andy  old 

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User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Thread starter):
flipping the sensor back to its normal position.

Karl, the sensor itself doesn't move, it's the mirror that flips if I'm not mistaken. I don't believe you damaged your camera.


User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Should be fine...you didn't touch any "moving" parts while attaching your lens with the mirror up. Take some test shots, everything should be good.


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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Thread starter):
This might sound very silly

Got that right.

Quoting JakTrax (Thread starter):
sensor still in the 'clean' position

Never heard of this.

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 2):
the sensor itself doesn't move


Quoting JakTrax (Thread starter):
as the manual recommends.

That is the key...

I doubt you damaged your camera. Take a few test shots to be sure.

User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

Yes, sorry, I meant the mirror, which flips to reveal the sensor behind it.

As far as I know, damage is almost impossible because the mirror is tucked away in the camera body for sensor cleaning and the sensor itself is located too deep. In addition, the lens doesn't have any parts which even come close to protruding into the body through the lens mount. I reckon I should be safe but wanted to know if anyone knew for certain.

Cheers for the replies so far - if anyone has any further info please let me know.


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