Cleaning Disaster

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  1. DeadEye

    DeadEye TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Did a lens change outside and got a bit of crud into the focusing screen. This didn’t affect the photos so I left it be for a month or so. While at a friends home he was cleaning his camera with a air bulb so I asked if he would do mine to only find out it was welded in place so he used a Q tip and canon optic cleaner to get it loose. WELL the lil hair thingy was gone but now the focus screen is full of minor smudges. I said Oh well I can live with it. BUT 10 shots latter and AF not working very well and smudges on the photos I got to get this fixed or buy a new camera. So I read about sensor cleaning ,blow off the sensor and it fixes the smudges on the photos Also read a warning to never touch the screen ( TOO LATE ) my bad.
    Anyway the viewfinder is full of smudge marks and AF acts real kooky Its hard to get a confirm beep and the lens will hunt for focus a lot . A good cleaning of the chamber, mirror box, and sensor are a must at this point. Can the screen be cleaned or do I need to replace it?
     
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    take it in to a professional for cleaning.

    the mirror and the sensor are two different areas and both can be cleaned.
     
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    Well with a bit of effort I got it working good. Used a lens wipe wraped around a q tip and bent to an L shape to clean the focus screen. Then used a new turkey baster to blow the chamber, mirror box, then sensor. :) . Ill get a pro cleaning in a few weeks when I have shore leave.
     
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    Focusing screens are fairly easy to remove. I would be inclined to remove the focusing screen and wipe it down with a very clean pure cotton cloth.

    Any residue from cleaner or microsmudges left from a microfibre cloth will cause AF to screw up, and you must never underestimate how very sensitive some AF components are in cameras.
     

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