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Mr. Magoo
08-04-2007, 02:12 PM
Up until this point I've been able to get away with just using a rocket blower.

Recently I have a persistent spec that the rocket blower won't remove. I'm not looking for dust; this shows up at reasonable apertures in real photos.

Thom Hogan recommends the sensor brushes. Does anyone have first hand experience with them? (One concern is that I'll get gunk from the mirror box onto the filter, or contaminate the brush, then get it onto the filter, and I'll be worse off than if I just went straight to a wet cleaning method, which I may need anyway even after buying the expensive sensor brush.)

Thom also recommends the Photographic Solutions sensor swabs. What wet cleaning products are people using? Photographic Solutions says to use E2 (and that it is recommended by Sony; Sony makes the D80 sensor but not sure if the filter is the same.)

Of course, the Visible Dust FAQ poo poos the methanol based cleaners, and says to use their stuff because it is safer. (And you can fly with it, which is a potential issue because I did pick up this gunk on vacation.)

Practical advice from the trenches appreciated.
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jcon
08-04-2007, 07:30 PM
I use Sensor Swabs and Eclipse Optical Solution. I place 1-2 tiny drops of the solution on the swab and swab the sensor one way, flip the swab and swipe acrosse the sensor the other way. Perfectly safe and harmless(if done properly, ofcourse).

Swabs....

http://www.pictureline.com/products/1004/Sensor_Swab_Type_2_Small_(EACH)/

Eclipse Solution...

http://www.pictureline.com/products/2823/Eclipse_Optic_Cleaning_System/

Mr. Magoo
08-04-2007, 07:55 PM
I use Sensor Swabs and Eclipse Optical Solution. I place 1-2 tiny drops of the solution on the swab and swab the sensor one way, flip the swab and swipe acrosse the sensor the other way. Perfectly safe and harmless(if done properly, ofcourse).

I'll give that a try. (I do notice that Photographic Solutions recommends E2 in preference to Eclipse for the D80.)

What do you do when traveling? Just rely on a blower?

I didn't notice my spec until the last day of the trip, so it wasn't a big deal. Had I picked it up earlier in the week, cleaning would have been nice.
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LR Max
08-04-2007, 08:39 PM
I echo what jcon says. I use the same system and its pretty good.

For travel, air will hold you over, unless you are travelling for a month and change lenses all the time. When I go out, I rarely change lenses (another reason for the 18-200VR :D) and so the chamber stays sealed up. Air will easily remove the annoying ones you've got.

One thing, you will need to swab your sensor a couple times. One pass won't cut it. For me, the first time it took about 5~6 swabs to get my sensor squeeky clean. But once I did that, I was good to go. Just thought I'd give you a heads up so you don't freak out after your first swab, wondering why your sensor is still dirty.

Take your time. Sit down with it when you've got plenty of time. Be methodical. Get some alcohol (the cleaning type, although I have been known to condone the drinking kind as well :rolleyes:) and sterile pads and wipe down your work area. I do this before every cleaning and it keeps you from getting more stuff dirty. First, blow out the chamber and chamber swab. This usually knocks more dirt onto the sensor. Then finally, clean the sensor.

Like I said, take your time but it'll free your camera of dust.

Mr. Magoo
08-04-2007, 10:05 PM
For travel, air will hold you over, unless you are travelling for a month and change lenses all the time. When I go out, I rarely change lenses (another reason for the 18-200VR :D) and so the chamber stays sealed up. Air will easily remove the annoying ones you've got.


I would have thought so. 5 days in DC got me some dust that a blower won't take off, and shows up at f/5.6.



One thing, you will need to swab your sensor a couple times. One pass won't cut it. For me, the first time it took about 5~6 swabs to get my sensor squeeky clean. But once I did that, I was good to go. Just thought I'd give you a heads up so you don't freak out after your first swab, wondering why your sensor is still dirty.


The swabs are relatively pricey, so hopefully it won't take too many :-)



First, blow out the chamber and chamber swab. This usually knocks more dirt onto the sensor. Then finally, clean the sensor.

What products/procedure do you use to clean the chamber?
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