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Recommended Sensor Cleaning Methods

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Lostarts
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Message posted at 10/27/2013, 07:11:27 AM by Lostarts
I searched "sensor cleaning" in the forum but didn't come up with much. I'd like to hear opinions about 'self' cleaning kits for full frame sensors. What do you use and recommend?

I know that for $49 I can send my cam directly to Canon for a cleaning or the $129 18-point cleaning - and may do that this time. However, I'll be living and traveling outside the USA in countries where that is not possible, so I'll have to do it myself.

I have a Rocket blower but I want suggestions for a 'wet' cleaning system.

Thanks
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Igordabari
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Message posted at 10/27/2013, 09:22:51 AM by Igordabari

Originally posted by Lostarts:
Quoted Message: I searched "sensor cleaning" in the forum but didn`t come up with much. I`d like to hear opinions about `self` cleaning kits for full frame sensors. What do you use and recommend?I know that for $49 I can send my cam directly to Canon for a cleaning or the $129 18-point cleaning - and may do that this time. However, I`ll be living and traveling outside the USA in countries where that is not possible, so I`ll have to do it myself.I have a Rocket blower but I want suggestions for a `wet` cleaning system.Thanks


Hi Art. I never took care about sensor cleaning. It's unavoidavle to get a dust there (if you need your camera for work and not for carefull storage in a plastic bag that in placed in a lock box which is kept in a special dust free room in a Swiss bank :-) ).

But the dust exposes itself only with VERY closed aperture. And even in such cases spots are easily removable with any graphic editor like Photoshop.

So, just do not care. It's free of charge. But if you want just to spend some amount of money - just send them to me and I will give you another clever advise LOL
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Lostarts
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Message posted at 10/27/2013, 09:52:21 AM by Lostarts
hahaha

Spasibo, Amigo!

Soon you will be at 2,000 ... going like a rocket, Igor. Super!!!
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Igordabari
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Message posted at 10/27/2013, 11:16:49 AM by Igordabari
I would be pleasured to get you running me down, my friend :)
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Lauriey
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Message posted at 10/27/2013, 20:39:30 PM by Lauriey
I purchased a cleaning kit from amazon after much research. It has the Eclipse fluid. Just research what size swabs you need for your camera (quick google search does the trick). It is pretty simple, there are several youtube videos on it.. just make sure you don't use too much fluid (will make it streak) and not too much pressure. I have done it several times myself and it cost less to clean it 10x myself vs sending it in to be serviced.
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Lostarts
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Message posted at 10/27/2013, 21:02:17 PM by Lostarts
Thank you. I was considering the Eclipse fluid.
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Hugoht
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Message posted at 10/28/2013, 03:40:24 AM by Hugoht
You should think carefully before you attempt to clean the sensor.
This post gives quite a bit of information:

http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_27678

I suggest you try the air blow method.
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Obiectiv
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Message posted at 10/28/2013, 04:02:57 AM by Obiectiv
For images (pictures), a stain can be easily removed in PS for example, with clone stamp.
But for video, the problem is more complicated I think.
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Afagundes
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Message posted at 10/28/2013, 05:03:54 AM by Afagundes
Igordabari is right, don´t use too small apertures, but there is another reason for that, its the defraction that should show on your full frame if you close down more than f13.

On the other hand, I noticed you used f4.5 for the old catholic church image, thats too little! Stay in between the f8.0 zone if you dont know what to do.

Here is a tip: start with f8.0, if you need more DOF, close it down a little (f11 or f13), if you want to show the bouquet, open it up a lot.

If there is not enough light you might need to open it up if you are not using a tripod.

But even around this f13 some of the dust spots might show in a flat area like a blue sky, so your question about cleaning the sensor makes sense.

I never purchased any kit, before a trip I send my camera and lenses to a shop and they cleaned it all thouroughfully, my camera has an autocleaning sensor system, I have it working everytime I turn the camera on, I usually face the camera down so any dust thats not too sticky will fall, it helps a lot.

And than there is always Photoshop...
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Amlanmathur
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Message posted at 01/16/2014, 12:07:45 PM by Amlanmathur
Check out Kai and his sensor cleaning comparison

Wet vs Dry cleaning for sensor
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Lenutaidi
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Message posted at 01/17/2014, 15:05:55 PM by Lenutaidi
You can read here: The Different Cleaning Methods


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