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  1. #1
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    Sensor cleaning

    So I'm in a pickle. My sensor is horribly dirty as can be seen in the below pic.



    I did say horribly, didn't I?

    So anyway, I've got a wedding coming up this Saturday and I really don't feel like cleaning up dust post process afterward and went looking for a cleaning solution locally.

    No one had any nor do they offer sensor cleaning services.

    Is there a safe way to do this at home without the help of a kit and blower?
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    You really do need to use high-quality lint free swabs, otherwise you're going to add as much or even more crud than you remove, and a fast evaporating solvent (eclipse or Eclipse 2 depending on the coating opn your sensor)... most effective way to buy both is in a cleaning kit. The blower helps a lot too.

    It is a bit scary the first time, but after a couple of goes it becomes no big deal - you'd have to press really hard to actually damage the sensor. Just work quickly and deliberately. Even now I will occasionally find that it is worse after than before, so you just repeat, but don't obsess about trying to remove every little dot from a small aperture out of focus shot of a white wall: it's just about impossible and most of those dots will be completely invisible in 99% of real world shots. If you can't see 'em they ain't there
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    Issue is, I can't find any cleaning agents in time for the wedding, so I need do a "home" jobby if possible
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    Frankly, attempting to use anything you have lying around in the house is likely to do more harm than good... might be time to look in your manual for "dust reference image"
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    Make your own blower using a small plastic squeeze bottle. like this



    You should be able to buy one for a couple of dollars in any supermarket.

    Make sure that it's clean and dry inside before you use it..

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    That's really bad, looking at the picture there.
    A blower is the safest way to do it. I would never use a 'home jobby cleaning agent'.
    Can't you just pick one up from your local camera shop? If not, I'd take K1W1's suggestion.
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    Do the blower thing, then try the automatic sensor cleaning. Alternate these a few times - it might dislodge once the blower has loosened it.
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    D80 has built in sensor cleaning?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcon View Post
    D80 has built in sensor cleaning?
    Not as far as I know. D300 was the first body released with inbuilt cleaning I thought..

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    I didnt think so either, just wanted to make sure I wasnt missing something!
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