Cleaning the inside of a SLR camera?

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  1. charlie88

    charlie88 TPF Noob!

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    I just received a Nikon D80 for my birthday and I was wondering. If there is anything I can do to clean the lens that lies inside the camera. I would be to scared to touch the inside, is there a places where they clean it?
     
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    Most camera repair places will do a clean and check and it usually doesn't cost very much.
     
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    So this is a brand new camera? Does it really need cleaning then? What exactly do you mean by "the lens that lies inside the camera"? The mirror, the sensor, the viewfinder?

    The best thing to do...is probably not to clean it.

    With a DSLR camera...you may need to clean the sensor, from time to time. But if you take reasonable care of your gear...you shouldn't need to clean it very often. Do a search for 'sensor cleaning'...and you should find plenty of things to read.
     
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    Is there a do it yourself kit?
     
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    Nothing is wrong with the camera, I was just wondering. ThX for heads up on the sensor cleaning... Might be useful in the future.
     
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    You really shouldn't have a need to clean the "inside" of a new camera especially.

    As long as you take care when changing lenses ie: I typically turn the camera upside down (body faced down) and attach body to lens..does that make sense? Basically keep the body out of way from debris that could fly into mirror, sensor etc

    I stupidly years ago was shooting at the beach and instead of changing my lense inside my car , did it as a big gust of wind blew against me. It ended up with all kinds of sand inside it.

    I took it to the camera shop and they were wonderful about fixing my stupidity (they happily charged me quite a bit too) .
     
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    It did make perfect sense, I've never thought of it that way. I've only had it for two weeks, I have been trying to figure out ways to make myself do it quicker. But your way seems much easier and safe. I'm not having problems with my camera right now, but I'm trying to understand its in and outs. It's better safe than sorry.
     
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    I know what you mean...you have a nice new camera and you want to take care of it. Sometimes it's hard to keep your hands off of it.

    I've had a DSLR for two years...and I've only had to blow off the sensor twice...and I've never had to actually wipe the sensor clean. As mentioned, just take care when changing the lens. Keep out of the wind, keep the camera pointed down and turn off the camera when changing the lens. I've heard that if you leave the power on...the sensor may attract dust.
     
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    It's hard to keep my hands off it, everywhere I go I want to take. Just for that one perfect moment that perfect shot. I feel I've been over obsessing with the way I treat it. Thank you so much for your help, everyone... :)
     
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    You wouldn't be here if you didn't feel that way:wink:

    And who said "obsessing" is all to entirely a bad thing?!
     
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    Very true.
     
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    When the time for a sensor cleaning does come.I hear there are some pretty nifty electrostatic cleaning brushes. But for what it's worth, it's probably better left to the pros.
     

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