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  1. #11
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    As a newcomer to Digital this (cleaning) is an interesting topic for me. I bought my first DSLR (A700) last October and have not needed to clean the sensor as yet but realise that it's something I have to look forward to (not).

    Any tips and instructions will be more than welcome (and probably not just by me).

  2. #12
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    Exclamation Sensor Cleaning Tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    As a newcomer to Digital this (cleaning) is an interesting topic for me. I bought my first DSLR (A700) last October and have not needed to clean the sensor as yet but realise that it's something I have to look forward to (not).

    Any tips and instructions will be more than welcome (and probably not just by me).
    Through prior posts in this forum, I found this link which I found very helpful. Of course, they're trying to sell their product, but I think this is the Eclipse solution reference earlier in this thread.

    http://www.copperhillimages.com/index.php?pr=tutorials
    Darin Wessel
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    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  3. #13
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    step away from the garden hose!!!!!!!!

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWessel View Post
    Through prior posts in this forum, I found this link which I found very helpful. Of course, they're trying to sell their product, but I think this is the Eclipse solution reference earlier in this thread.

    http://www.copperhillimages.com/index.php?pr=tutorials
    Darin, thanks for the link to Copperhill. I had a read through their pages and took a pic of my sensor.

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    OMG!!!

    The Copperhill products are not available in the UK so I bought a Lenspen Sensor Klear and got this.

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    What the **** Perhaps it's to be expected from a company who can't spell.
    Although the Copperhill products are not available here, the Pec Pads and Eclipse E2 are; I made a sensor sweep from a bit of cardboard and tried again.

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    Anyone want a Lenspen?

  5. #15
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    Looks like Lenspens might only be destined for lenses ... but then again, it seems as though all it did was re-distribute and bunch up the existing dirt and dust, rather than wipe it away.
    Darin Wessel
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    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  6. #16
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    Dust bunnies no more. Copper Hill it is!!

    Blowing has about reached its limits. I noticed I was still getting dust spots.

    So, I've ordered the Copper Hill basic kit with the Eclipse solution, pecpads, 18mm pad holder. Should arrive next week.

    I'll post some before and after shots and let everyone know how well it went.
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  7. #17
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    Peek you're crazy. Don't ever put that thing back in there again!

    I go the Nikon variation from Amazon and it works well on my LENSES ... ahem LOL.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  8. #18
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    Wet Sensor Cleaning - Update and Progress Report

    In my last post on this thread, I mentioned that I got the Copper Hill wet sensor cleaning kit and the Eclipse "E-2" cleaning solution (recommended for Tin Oxide sensors like the a900's sensor).

    To check the state of your sensor's cleanliness, Copper Hill recommends setting your aperature to f22 and taking a shot of the blue sky and then applying auto-levels in PS. Here's the original blue sky shot:
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    There is one obvious dust spot on the right.

    Here it is with the auto levels applied - this is prior to the first wet cleaning - I circled the dust spots to make it easier for everyone to see since I was able to view at full 24mp resolution and actual pixel levels:
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    All I have to say is !!!
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  9. #19
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    Wet Sensor Cleaning - First Attempt

    Okay, so here's the results after my very first attempt at wet cleaning. Note, I first air blasted the sensor to dislodge any large easily removed particles.
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    Since this was my first attempt and I dumped a lot of $$$ into buying the
    A900, I went very very light on the swabing.
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  10. #20
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    Wet Sensor Cleaning - Second Attempt a couple of days later

    The sensor cleaning tutorial and literature accompanying the kit describes that some of the stuck on dust particles and mirror lubricant that ends up on the sensor as being like bug splatter on your windshield. As you will see over the next several posts, that is a very accurate description.

    The recommendation was to give it a couple of days after wet cleaning, because the initial cleaning helps loosen up the gunk and some of it may tend to shake off through regular use.

    So, two days later ... here is the sensor before the second attempt.
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    Now, after my first swabbing:
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    After the second swabbing:
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    And after the third swabbing - note the clouds moved in so I didn't have a clear blue sky on this shot:
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    I decided that was enough for the day. I was also feeling a bit more comfortable in wrapping the pec pads and in applying a bit more pressure while swabbing.
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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