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    Posted: 25 October 2010 at 16:45
See my post at the bottom of P1.
 



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Originally posted by Mark L Mark L wrote:

Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

..... Finally, I attached the camera to a Sony AC-VQ900AM battery charger to maintain full charge throughout as the mirror coming down prematurely could be catastrophic!

Not really necessary, Brian. And many of us, including me, don't possess such a device. A full battery is more than sufficient for the time it takes to clean a sensor, by whatever means.


Mark, you think like the professional you are. But for us "enthusiasts" you haven't factored in the need to pop downstairs to top up the glass of red for courage to carry out delicate operation; whilst downstairs the doorbell goes with a furniture delivery; need to move the car off the drive to get the van in; notice the car needs fuel so better pop to the local garage; whilst filling up notice nail in tyre! call tyre fitters who have a set in and can do it now, get back in time for spectacular sunset, must take a photo.....

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Originally posted by Micholand Micholand wrote:

Best cleaners to get rid of any dust spot: for photo amateurs and for the pros

ROFL. Those should certainly get your sensor clean. But there just might be other minor disadvantages.

Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

..... Finally, I attached the camera to a Sony AC-VQ900AM battery charger to maintain full charge throughout as the mirror coming down prematurely could be catastrophic!

Not really necessary, Brian. And many of us, including me, don't possess such a device. A full battery is more than sufficient for the time it takes to clean a sensor, by whatever means.
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Best cleaners to get rid of any dust spot: for photo amateurs and for the pros
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Just got back from a trip to Jamaica last week where it was very humid, and rainy on and off. While out there I was surprised to see considerable sensor dust spots on my a700 but with the rocket blower several would not budge.

The difference between inside AC and outside 30+ humidity the camera frequently fogged up when first opened up, and I read somewhere that these conditions can "weld" the dust to the sensor making a blower ineffective.

At home I researched "sensor cleaning" and settled for the sensor swabs with eclipse fliud from WHE (UK). Delivered next day, I bit the bullet and hey presto - delighted with the results. Apart from a single speck (which I'll leave for another time) it is as clean as a whistle when viewing a f22 shot of a cream wall at 100%.

For those still not decided I recommend the sensor swab option - providing the instructions are followed. Finally, I attached the camera to a Sony AC-VQ900AM battery charger to maintain full charge throughout as the mirror coming down prematurely could be catastrophic!

Hope this is of interest to some

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Just had a quick test of the Arctic Butterfly. As I guessed before I bought it, well over priced for what it is, but it does do the job with ease and for that I guess I can't complain. Here's the results from my first test (contrast etc all boosted to show dust spots clearly);

Before cleaning:


After just the rocket blower:


After the Arctic Butterfly (big difference, considering I was gently wiping here and there):


After another pass with the Arctic Butterfly:


And finally another go with the Rocket Blower:


Still could do with the odd little bit cleaning up, but overall, job done .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Darrell52 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2010 at 23:45
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Rocket blower, arctic butterfly, professional cleaning
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Unorthodox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2010 at 13:51
Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. I've ordered the Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly brush and some sensor swabs should it need a bit more cleaning. I'll post back with the results once I'm done .
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The only time I've had stubborn dust that couldn't be removed with a rocket blower I used a Sensorklear which seems just to be a small lenspen with a small triangular pad. It worked fine.
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Personally, I use the following sequence:

- Blower. To be honest I don't find this very effective
- Dust-aid dry cleaning. Effective ~95% of the time. Quick. Easy.
- Eclipse fluid and swabs. It's been over a year since I need to use the swabs. Even with the proper swabs I found it hard to remove 100% of the dust/pollen/fibres. Definitely a last resort for me.
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Originally posted by Mark L Mark L wrote:

Interesting device, MichelvA. I take it that the end of the tube is quite soft and flexible, so accidentally touching the sensor wouldn't matter too much?

Yes it certainly is. The tube is quite soft, i use it as first step to clean viewfinder and sensor. After that i use the swabs.
You can see the english link above, i accidentally mentioned the german link. This set works very well. There is a set especially for FF sensors, these have bigger swabs, but i use just an APS-C set for all the camera's here (5D,A550,A900).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ronghomes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2010 at 20:35
Here's a link in english.
http://www.green-clean.at/en/camera/sensor-cleaning-system/
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark L Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2010 at 20:01
I seem to stand corrected . Interesting device, MichelvA. I take it that the end of the tube is quite soft and flexible, so accidentally touching the sensor wouldn't matter too much?
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