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    Posted: 08 April 2011 at 02:16
I carried through with my earlier thought and took some scissors to an old pair of panty hose. It was a little tougher getting the stem back into the Rocket Blower as it's smaller and a tighter fit but here's the Q-Ball now filtered and ready for a trim with the razor blade.

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Ahoy!

In 2010, I bought a Lensnpen SensorKlear II and Loupe for DIY sensor cleaning from UK Optics as I found it was costing £35.00+ each time at Calumet. Answer was a DIY solution. The item # for the full kit is: SKLK1, but you can buy as separates as I did just for the loupe and pen (SKL-1 and SensorKlear II Angled Pen). The Lenspen website has videos on it's home page, so you can see how to use correctly.

I took delivery of a Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 AF Di LD (IF) Macro today and checked for operation indoors using the pop-up flash and set the lens to f/14 @ ISO 100 and fired off a few rounds. Having reviewed the images from the new lens, I saw a black spot at the top of each image in the same position. I checked the rear of the new lens and nothing was there, so it had to be a sensor related issue.

This is the first time I've done this BTW, and a 50mm or other prime is recommended at f/22 or higher when testing pre and post cleaning.

So, out with the Lenspen SensorKlear II and loupe. I removed the lens and the camera was set to cleaning mode and I placed the body on it's back and inserted the illuminated loupe onto the lens mount and adjusted the loupe focus and saw the speck on the sensor as clear as day right away . . A few dabs with the SensorKlear II pen and the speck was gone. A quick tidy wipe to finish off. I switched off the camera, popped on my Tammy 90mm f/2.8 and fired off a few more frames indoors with flash and images were perfectly clear. Hurrah! Job done.

It took 2 minutes and saved about £40.00 to have it cleaned in a shop. Brilliant! Everyone should buy the combo. It's a simple DIY method and very effective.

Conclusion:

A lot of you would've used a blower. Trust me when I say that without an illuminated magnifying loupe to inspect the sensor, you have no idea where a blower will blow dust and other crud or what remains on the sensor itself. Neither could anyone know what type of contamination it is, so using the sensor pen first will establish that before moving onto a wet clean, and/or repeating with a dry clean. See http://stores.ebay.co.uk/DigiPads for wet cleaning kits.

As it turned out in my case, the speck wouldn't come off when wiped in one direction, so I wiped in the opposite direction which is when the speck was removed. A blower wouldn't have moved it in a lifetime (it was a sticky spot).

I trust you'll find this info useful. I was apprehensive, but having done it now, it's easy-peasy lemon squeezy.

Edited by Pirate - 15 March 2011 at 00:29
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Post Options Post Options   Quote photoBear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2011 at 23:13
My preferred method of cleaning the camera, particularly the inside and sensor is to use a new artists TAKLON brush that comes in a sealed package. (Donít use sable or any other)

I got the idea when I was considering buying an expensive electronic vibrating brush and realised that the bristles were taklon and exactly the same as that found on artists brushes.

They are very soft and instead of moving dust around by blowing it they pick it up completely.

I've used them almost exclusively for the last 7 or 8 years without any problem.

They also do a good job on the outside of the camera body as well as the lens elements where they will not effect the coatings. I keep a separate brush for each.

Of course its wise to use them gently and buy a good quality one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2011 at 23:05
It probably wouldn't be that hard to rig up a filter for the rocket blower. It's easy to take apart, maybe slip some nylon stocking over the end of it and then jam it back in?
just thinking off the top of my head here...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wayne09 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2011 at 22:53
My Rocket was less than a year old when I noticed a problem. I have no idea how long it was sitting in the store???

The Visible Dust blower appears to be silicone.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 March 2011 at 22:23
One thing to note about the Giotto Rocket Blowers is that they are made of rubber and rubber has a lifespan. Over time the rubber will start deteriorating, everytime you squeeze the bulb you'll weaken the surface layer and eventually it will start eroding. I'd suggest to replace them every 5 years or so, and to see if yours is blowing chunks place some tissue paper or a cotton ball over the end of the nozzle and work the bulb as usual, then looks for any rubber bits in the filter media.

Edited by stiuskr - 14 March 2011 at 22:25
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wayne09 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 March 2011 at 19:47
I used to use a Gitros Rocket as a first step in sensor cleaning until I noticed that the sensor was worse after blowing. I keep the blower in a dust-proof Pelican box but still it appeared to be picking up dust from the air. I finally got a filtered blower from Visible Dust and the problem was solved.

My next step is the Arctic Butterfly. I have only had to resort to wet cleaning once in the last three years.

I just use a LensPen brush on the lens glass if there is a significant amount of dust. I only resort to a microfiber cloth if there is a grease spot. There is really very little effect from dust on the lens.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote fotofreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2010 at 08:57
well i only clean the outside with a soft no adhesive cloth and a few drops spectacle fluid , sensor and mirror cleaning i would let a porfessional do it and spend money on if they ruin it they have to repair the camera at their costs
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rsjaffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2010 at 02:19
For blowing off dust, I use MicroCare Micro Blast canned air. It is ultrapure (and not available for retail sale--I guess because it doesn't have bitterant in it). It's about $8 a can. I attach an antistatic nozzle to it (Stat Zap $6) because otherwise the air picks up a charge going through the plastic tube, charges up your sensor, and makes it even more attractive to dust. The combination gives you a nice blast of clean gas through a metal, aimable straw that has a plastic guard over the straw--it feels safe using it with the sensor. NOTE that I don't think you can get pure canned air at a retail outlet, probably because of 'huffing'.

I also use a Giotto's Rocket-Air, but frankly, it doesn't do 1/4 as good a job as the canned air.

For a sensor brush, I just got a Royal SG700-3/4 INCH - SOFT GRIP GOLD TAKLON GLAZE WASH brush from Michael's (about $3), and washed the heck out of it before using to get the sizing out.

Lens wipes: delicate task Kimwipes ($3 for a 280 wipes). Use highest purity isopropyl alcohol I can find at the drug store (typically 99%).

Except for the brush (and alcohol), I got the items from a Clean Room Supply company. They also have swabs and other items that may be useful.

I've done wet cleaning once, using a PecPad, Eclipse solution, and a "sensor wand" (trimmed spatula). I wasn't very happy with the results (increased number of spots!), but cleanup afterwards with the brush and blower did the job.

Edited by rsjaffe - 17 September 2010 at 02:26
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Presumably this is not the right way of reporting this, but I do not know how to do it otherwise.

The links, in Kiklop's contibution, towards 'Artic Butterfly 724' and 'sensor' are not working.
No big deal, only noticing.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote superx2won Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2010 at 10:34
after fixing more than 10+ minolta lens.. here is the solution that i found out to be the best cleaning the optic.

1) use a big blower to blow off all the dust or particle

2) use lint free wipe : KimWipes, dip it with 99% IPA fromBiostain to clean the optic

3) wipe again with dry kimwipes for final cleaning.


this work best for cleaning finger print @ optic... but not practical if you in the field.
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I am a newbie a200 owner and I recently went to the seaside to shoot.

I was informed that sea air(salt) was particular bad for lenses, I used a giotto blower just to blow any dust/salt off the front of the kit lense but I am not sure what to do next.

If I get a cloth and start smearing it around, am I scratching the lens?

I do have a tin of compressed air but I read somewhere that the propellants can be harmful ?

(Hope this is an OK place to post this)

I hadnt thought about cleaning the outside. I also hadn't realised there were so many cleaning products.
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