Expanding on the "scotch tape" sensor cleaning method...

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  1. epp_b

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    As with every method, I've seen good and bad things about it. Whatever the case, I'm pretty wary about adhering scotch tape to the low-pass filter.

    I saw an idea to use PDA screen protectors mentioned on a dpreview forum thread.

    I use Screenguardz for my PDA and my D40's LCD screen. They work very well and I like them particularly because they use no adhesive. Instead, they use a small amount of static to cling to the screen (only the stick-on side is statically charged). Peeling them off once it's time for a replacement is completely effortless, yet they stick on very well. Additionally, I've noticed that the screen has a nice sheen and is completely dust-free after I've peeled one off.

    So, I cut one up, stuck it onto the reflex mirror, lightly adhered it with the eraser end of a pencil and then peeled it off. It worked very well.

    I haven't yet had the sensor cleaned because I don't want to pay a shop almost $100 to take all day to do it. So, I'm contemplating trying this method on the low-pass filter. Could a small amount of static electricity create any adverse effects?
     
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    I doubt it (that is the same way the sensor brushes work).

    I think a regular 'wet' cleaning would be easier and faster though.

    How are you going to peel it off? Tweezers? ...Not a good idea.
     
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    The screen protectors are about 3" x 2". I'd cut it so that it's about 3" by 1" and then I have an extra 2" to hold it by. I could also put a piece of tape on the "holding" end of it for extra slack if necessary.

    What do you think? Worse case scenario, it adds a bit more dust to the sensor and I have to get it cleaned professionally anyway?
     
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    Yeah, worst case is probably that it won't work, or that it will make it dirtier. I don't think there's any risk of damaging the sensor.

    You can clean it yourself pretty easily... It's not that hard, and it will be a lot cheaper than taking it to the shop.
     
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    Well, I tried it out. Looks like it removed some but added some more. I guess I'll be taking it into a shop for a proper cleaning.
     
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    Any reason you don't want to do it yourself?

    I use the Copper Hill kit (too lazy to find the link right now, but it'll be the top result if you google it). It's like $20 or $30. I don't know what they're going to charge you at the shop, but it'll probably be more than $20 - and that's only one cleaning. The kit I have will last a pretty long time.

    After what you just tried, I know you'll be able to do it your self.
     
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    I may try that. I think I'll try to find a local store that does it first.
     
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    I have the copperhill kit myself. I've cleaned my sensors a few times, still have tons of it left. It'll probably last longer than I own my cameras. It only takes a few minutes and saves you from having to leave your camera at the shop.
     
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    Interesting, thanks.

    Any idea why the places I called said that it would take several hours to clean the sensor?
     
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    They may have other things on there plate.

    Many repair places are also stores and it's generally considered good guest service to help the guests that may need it. I mean, I bought my SLR at a mom and pop store and the guy spent a good half-hour with me. He showed me how to operate the camera and got me taking properly exposed photos in Manual mode before I left. This was stuff I'd been studying before my purchase, but it was nice to have it reinforced and illustrated hands-on. He spent his repair time (I did interrupt him) to help me and to establish a rapport.

    They may also have other repair projects to work on.
     
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    I agree...just clean it yourself.

    Besides the wet cleaning there are other, less intrusive, methods. Using a rocket blower is about as easy as it gets and works dust that is not stuck on. There are sensor brushes that use static to capture the dust VisibleDust - DSLR Camera Sensor Cleaning

    The mirror is a lot more delicate than the sensor...I wouldn't recommend doing that again. Besides, anything of the mirror will have no affect on the images.
     
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    I was extremely gentle. I know the mirror is just...a mirror, so I wanted to try my method on it first.

    I realize that.

    I use a rocket blower regularly. Here's what it looks like after using the blower:

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