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Sensor Clean Price

Sat Nov 15, 2003 3:00 pm

Some of you may remember the question I had about my sensor being dirty. Well I sent it back to Canon and got a bill today for $202.11. This seems excessive for cleaning. I did pay it though.

Has any one else paid for a cleaning?

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RE: Sensor Clean Price

Sat Nov 15, 2003 3:23 pm

I paid $8 bucks for some Eclipse fluid, and another $3.50 for some pec pads. I did not have to buy the spatula, I already had one. I should have enough materials for around 125-150 cleanings.
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RE: Sensor Clean Price

Sat Nov 15, 2003 3:51 pm

paul, I would still call them and ask, after they do it, if it was because they had to spend extra time on it or if that is a normal price. it sounds kind of high to me.

Jeff, did you buy ready made spatulas or did you make them by cutting something down?

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RE: Sensor Clean Price

Sun Nov 16, 2003 12:10 am

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.

Very, very easy.

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RE: Sensor Clean Price

Sun Nov 16, 2003 6:13 am

Don't know about the US but in the UK you can get your sensor cleaned at an authorised Canon dealer (not Canon themselves) for £30.

The price they charged you does sound excessive compared to this!
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RE: Sensor Clean Price

Sun Nov 16, 2003 10:20 am

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 The sensor was like new afterwards.

The problem of the high cost of cleaning sensors has been addressed on the forums of

I found the following link there ,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.


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RE: Sensor Clean Price

Sun Nov 16, 2003 10:54 am

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.

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