Digital SLR sensor cleaning

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Digital SLR sensor cleaning

Postby Stany Buyle » Sun 27 Jun 2010 09:01

There are multiple methods to clean a sensor. I was looking several instruction videos on the internet and choose this one as my favorite instruction video (until now...)

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Your input, experience, findings about how you clean your sensor would be very appreciated.

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Re: Digital SLR sensor cleaning

Postby joema » Wed 18 Aug 2010 00:55

On my Nikon D300 I have an escalating order of cleaning, from least invasive to most invasive:

(1) Do nothing. Often small smudges and dust specks are not noticeable or can be digitally corrected. By contrast some users clean too aggressively too often.

(2) Use the built-in camera cleaning function, if available. Try several times.

(3) Use a Giotto Air Blower, which uses filtered air: ... ower_.html In general don't use compressed gas (e.g, "Dust Off"), as accidental discharge of the propellant can damage the camera.

At this point if the contamination is still there, you need to use a cleaning product which actually touches the sensor. I have tried several:

(4) Dust-Aid, which is an adhesive product:

(5) LensPen: ... B000I30HOS

(6) Delkin Sensor Scope, an entire kit including a tiny vacuum cleaner, wet cleaning swabs, and powered magnifying loupe for sensor inspection: ... g_Kit.html

I have used all of the above products on a Nikon D40x and D300. I currently use the Giotto Air Blower and if not fixed, go straight to the wet cleaning swabs and Delkin kit. However I am rarely in the field for long periods. If I were I might use the LensPen or Dust-Aid product more frequently.

There's single perfect solution. You just have to be careful and not over-clean the sensor. It's easy to become obsessed with a spec of dust on the sensor, and keep cleaning it until the sensor is damaged or scratched.
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