Jawed
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SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:54 pm

What do you guys use for sensor cleaning on your SLR's?
 
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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:00 pm

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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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:04 pm

Granite cleaned my sensor for me using a Speckgrabber (I think... he speaks Scottish  duck  Wink
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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:18 pm

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

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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:25 pm

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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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:46 pm



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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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:12 pm

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

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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:16 pm

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.
 
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Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:48 am



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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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:20 am

I´m quite happy with the artic butterfly,

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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:45 pm

I use the orange Visible Dust Cleaning System in combination with the Eclipse Solution.

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Jawed
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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:28 am

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.
 
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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:39 am



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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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:03 am



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.

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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Thu Dec 13, 2007 7:54 am

I use the Copperhill stuff too. Brush and swabs+Eclipse.
Works like a charm, every time.
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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:20 pm

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.  

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RE: SLR Sensor Cleaning?

Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:24 pm

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.

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