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Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:13 pm

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.


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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:20 pm

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

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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Wed Oct 19, 2005 11:06 pm

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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Thu Oct 20, 2005 3:33 am


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.

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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Thu Oct 20, 2005 5:55 am

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.
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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:53 pm

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.

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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:43 am


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.

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RE: Copper Hill Sensor Cleaning

Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:50 am

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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