Cleaning: A Rite Of Passage II (Success!)

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  1. Cortian

    Cortian No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Bought a used 40D body from Adorama. Thing is in such nice condition I'd swear it was brand new if: 1. They hadn't advertised it as used, 2. It didn't have a 14,600+ shutter count (with which I'm just fine) and 3. The sensor hadn't needed cleaning:

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    Give it a few vigorous shots with the Rocket.
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    Got some of 'em. Let's see what the The Dust Patrol brush can do.
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    Ok, well... both success and failure. Try that again.
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    Nope. Ok: Dry swab.
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    Stubborn bugger, innit? (Btw: Those are clouds in the upper-right.) Ok, wet swab.
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    So close. So close. Again.
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    And again.
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    There are a couple very faint spots remaining in the upper right, but I'm calling this good. If I can just barely make them out with this, at f/22, I doubt they'll ever affect any shots I'll take.


     
  2. TCampbell

    TCampbell Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Congrats!!

    This is a topic which frightens many photographers who have never cleaned a camera. While many camera shops do offer a cleaning service, that could be $50 and since you can expect the occasionally dust-bunny to re-appear on the sensor from time to time... you may as well learn to clean your own gear.

    The actual sensor is hiding between a glass filter (actually usually a couple layers of filters) and the glass is a hard surface and difficult to scratch as long as you aren't being too aggressive. Just work slowly and gently.
     
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  3. lance70

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    yeah enjoy the camera and shooting, I wouldn't get too upset about the dust....shooting at f/22 towards the sky will expose spots on a lot of our bodies.
     
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    I too did my sensor clean for the first time recently - my camera is an old 30D but its all I can afford. I did the blow and dry swab but it was no good - I did an online tutorial , got some special swabs and did a wet clean with some lab grade methanol . My sensor is pretty much good as new !
     
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