Sensor Cleaning

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  1. pgowder

    pgowder TPF Noob!

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    Ok, I've never cleaned the sensor. Terrible, I know!

    I have a Sony A700 and a Minolta 7D.

    Are there different brush sizes? Which do I need?

    I've seen the products at Visable Dust. They look great, but do I need $150 sensor cleaning kit?

    What brush/products do you all use?

    Thanks!
     
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    I use the LensPen SensorKlear, seems to work well. (~$20 I think)
     
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    I use Photographic Solutions system which is approved (and used) by many of the big manufacturers.

    Here's a chart showing you want swab size you need and what cleaning solution you need to perform what is in essence a factory cleaning yourself.

    Cleaning Digital Cameras - Photographic Solutions, Inc.

    Once you know what you need, you can buy the cleaning kit from Amazon.com for about $20.

    This is what I use. It's quick, safe, and the kits are warrantied not to damage your sensor.

    Here's a sample of a cleaning I did about a week ago.

    First take a picture of a clear blue sky at the smallest aperture you can (f/22 ideally). You will then see the dust quite clearly:

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    Do your cleaning, it takes me about 3 minutes to do. Then take another picture to see if you got all the dust.

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    Poof, you're done.
     
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    I've not had good luck with this product at all.

    All I did was move dust around my sensor which I found to be extremely frustrating.

    That's when I discovered how much better using a swab that's the same size as your sensor really is. One sweep and all of the dust is gone.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I just borrowed a Delkin SensorScope from a friend. I'm pleased with the results.

    -Pete
     
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    It's worked perfectly for me so far. But have the one you mentioned in a wish list just in case.
     
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    Bleach and a Brillo pad.

    Out of fear that someone may take me seriously, THIS IS A JOKE!
     
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    inTempus TPF Noob!

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    Can they send you the repair bill when some noob that doesn't know any better takes your post seriously?
     
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    Good point. I edited the post for those that don't recognize it as a joke.
     
  11. Jaszek

    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I use swabs and isopropyl alcohol (the sensor cleaning liquid was to expensive for me at the time). I was scared as f*** to use it but my camera still works :D
     

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