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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 Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2011 at 00:22
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 stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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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