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 Post subject: CCD Cleaning
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2005 2:19 pm 
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A lot of people are afraid of doing their own CCD (=sensor) cleaning, but should you? No.
Here is an article by the Luminous Landscape on it.

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I must have cleaned the sensors on my 10D and 20D a hundred times now without any problems. The first time you swipe a sensor is a bit nerve wrecking but once you get the hang of it it's a simple process. I use Pec-Pads and Eclipse fluid. A very cheap solution to an ugly problem ($0.20 per sensor swipe)


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 Post subject: Sensor cleaning
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A blower (without brush) vigourously used is nearly always enough. I have done this many times - especially in dusty Kruger!

Save wiping / fluids etc for when you really have a problem

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Found this great site with the whole spectrum of cleaning methods used today
http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/methods.html

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great link Bert, thanks!

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 Post subject: Sensor Cleaning?
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Hi All

Its 7 weeks until I am off to the Kruger :dance:

My sensor on my Canon 400D is quite dirty, and I need to get it professionally cleaned. I live in The Durban area and want to know if anyone has advice on where and who to go to for this?

Thanks in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Sensor Cleaning?
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Can't help you with a shop that will do it for you, but did you know that you can easily do it yourself?

Have a look for PhotoSol PEC-PADs and Eclipse cleaning fluid.
If you google a bit you'll find plenty manuals about how to do it. It sounds a bit tricky, but is actually easy to do, even in the field.

Remember 1 thing though. The sensor is 'upside down' so to speak, so if a speck of dust stay in the upper right corner you will have to swipe the left lower corner!

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 Post subject: Re: Sensor Cleaning?
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Sensor swabs
A dry and wet system
i used it often and works very well
can be purchased in SA

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 Post subject: Re: Sensor Cleaning?
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Hi Mitch,

I know its a bit far...but Whysalls near gateway in Umhlanga do sensor cleaning.(Costs R250ish though) But think its well worth it as you dont want your pics to have any dust spots etc.

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 Post subject: Dry Dry Wet Method . . .
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We use our patented Dry Dry Wet Method. Wet is the last scenario.
It's quite safe with brushes in the "Sensor Brush" method. If the dust is oily or particularly stuck then it's a wet clean.

I got quote $80 here in Australia. Rediculous for a five minute job (even when shooting test shots at F16 against a white wall)

Method

Shoot a test shot at F16 against a white wall (RAW Preferred)

If you "Auto Level in PS" or something similar it'll adjust the contrast etc so the dust is obvious. Many are surprised by the dust they didn't think they had.

I use sensor brushes and I blow a puffer through one vigorously and then wipe the sensor in a pattern (which I make up each time). I did have cans of re-air, but I needed a method I could use in the field.

I then recheck with another photo and repeat until done.

If the dust is stubborn and sticky, I am out with the PEC pads and fluid.

On my 1Ds3 and 1D3 I've never done wet.
on the Old 1D2s.... maybe once on one of them...
5D once
5D2 never
20D . . once

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