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User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

What do you guys use for sensor cleaning on your SLR's?

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User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1753 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4034 times:
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I use a Giotto Rocket Blower.

I have yet to use a dry or wet brush to physically clean the sensor, though I know that day will come eventually.

If it does, I would probably use an Arctic Butterfly.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4033 times:
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Granite cleaned my sensor for me using a Speckgrabber (I think... he speaks Scottish  duck  Wink


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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

I've got a Arctic Butterfly on order. ~I'll let you know what it's like when i receive it.

Chris



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User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Windex and paper towels has always worked for me. And when the dustspots are really bad, I dab the sensor with OxyClean.

-Adam

[Edited 2007-12-10 15:29:19]

User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3965 times:



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):
I use a Giotto Rocket Blower.

I also use the Sensor Swap system with Eclipse cleaning solution when the dust gets fused to the sensor. I've only had to do this once so far. Expensive, but worth the peace of mind.



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User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3946 times:

A rocket blower will work for most cleaning. When it can't get the really sticky stuff off, I use the Copperhill method:
http://www.copperhillimages.com/index.php?pr=tutorials

B


User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3942 times:

I recently bought Dust Aid, after getting back from Vegas and looking at the amount of dust that was on my slow shutter speed shots - the sensor was peppered in polka dot dust spots. The Dust Aid product worked very well. The best thing about it is you can take it on your travels with no concerns like there is with Eclipse fluids.

User currently offlineSluger020889 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3883 times:



Quoting AdamWright (Reply 4):
Windex and paper towels has always worked for me. And when the dustspots are really bad, I dab the sensor with OxyClean.

-Adam

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User currently offlineBeechcraft From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 828 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3870 times:

I´m quite happy with the artic butterfly,

cheers,

Denis



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User currently offlineCarlos From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3816 times:
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I use the orange Visible Dust Cleaning System in combination with the Eclipse Solution.

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User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

Would using a Q-tip with Windex really be that bad to use on the sensor for tough spots? This is a serious question. Maybe the SensorSwab guys are just raking it in because everyone is scared of damaging the sensor.

User currently offlineGuamVICE From Guam, joined Jun 2005, 151 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3780 times:



Quoting Jawed (Reply 11):
Would using a Q-tip with Windex really be that bad to use on the sensor for tough spots?

LOL - I'd love to be able to do that...if it can be done, it'd save me a ton of money--but even though I'd love to do it, I don't know if I would. Anyone else got opinions about that?



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User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3773 times:



Quoting Jawed (Reply 11):
Would using a Q-tip with Windex really be that bad to use on the sensor for tough spots?

Well, it would save you a fortune on cleaning supplies, but might cost you in low pass filters. Many manufacturers only offer the low pass filter for replacement with a complete new sensor. I don't know how sensitive the coatings on the low pass filter are, but Eclipse recently released a new cleaning fluid that is supposed to be gentler on the new coatings manufacturers are using. So, given that the cost of a Q-tip is less than a penny, do you want to trust the quality control that went into making it? Here's an article on the sensor coatings:

http://www.earthboundlight.com/photo...ium-tin-oxide-sensor-cleaning.html

While I use the Copperhill method, I do cut a corner. I don't use the swabs unless I'm traveling. At home, I take a PEC pad and cut it into eight strips, then wrap a strip around an old swab stick. You can get a pack of 50 PEC pads for about $12 or $15, so I squeeze about 400 cleanings out of that package. Even then, there are occasional issues with lint remaining on the sensor, but the blower deals with that.

B


User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

I use the Copperhill stuff too. Brush and swabs+Eclipse.
Works like a charm, every time.



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User currently offlineMichlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

Quoting Jawed (Reply 11):
Would using a Q-tip with Windex really be that bad to use on the sensor for tough spots?

I invested a lot of money in my camera. I would rather spend the money on the Sensor Swab/Eclipse system instead of risking damaging the sensor with a Q-tip. I'll use a Q-tip to clean out my ears, but my camera's sensor?...Never.  

[edited for content]

[Edited 2007-12-13 04:23:56]


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User currently offlineTin67 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 268 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3741 times:

I use a rocket blower before I go out eachtime, but when those dust spots start to become more stubborn or can't be blown away I user Sensor Swabs and Eclipse fluid to clean the sensor.

I have an Artic Butterfly and used it twice. The first time seemed to be fine, the second it deposited more junk on my sensor than was there in the first place. I won't be using it again. Mine came free with a mag subscription so I am pleased I didn't pay for it.

Martin


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