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Sensor Cleaning
« on: August 29, 2013, 06:58:57 PM »
It's not without some trepidation I'm off to buy a sensor cleaning kit. I've put off cleaning my Nikon D50 for months now because I destroyed the sensor on my old KM 5D using the wrong fluid. But I've been watching YouTube how to's all morning  and got my courage up. :-\ Maybe.


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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013, 08:11:51 PM »
Why not buy the Artic Butterfly then you don't need fluid. It's even made in Canada.  :tup:

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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2013, 08:19:11 PM »
Why not buy the Artic Butterfly then you don't need fluid. It's even made in Canada.  :tup:
I have one and it does not take everything off, but it is great just for dust.  If it is oil or something you need a wet method. 

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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2013, 07:24:02 AM »
I'm sure everyone will have their own take on this, but I have found using a wet system not entirely satisfactory on its own. I tend to use a Lenspen sensor cleaner, looks like the lens cleaner but a lot smaller with a triangular head. Gets just about everything off without scratching; there is always the wet system if all else fails.

I do find though that I don't get that much muck on the sensors in the first place.
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2013, 07:39:04 AM »
I've got 3 specs on my MkIII sensor and a couple on my 5D - when cloning them out really Pee's me off, I'll get the wipes out, but as I've only cleaned them about once a year for the last few years, they don't get too bad - and I change lenses with impunity  :tup:
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2013, 08:51:42 AM »
I need to clean my sensor but not looking forward to it - feeling a little daunted about doing it.  :-\
So many kits avaliable, just need to choose the right one............
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2013, 02:27:39 PM »
I've just cleaned my sensor the other day with no problems. I used the Visible Dust Kit cost around £15. watched a few youtube vids on the subject and went ahead and done it

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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2013, 06:22:26 PM »
So how did it work? 

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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2013, 11:20:16 PM »
So how did it work?

Seems to have worked well as I took a shot of a piece of white paper before and after and the spots were gone

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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2013, 01:39:40 PM »
Why not buy the Artic Butterfly then you don't need fluid. It's even made in Canada.  :tup:

Got one OB, it's not taking this dirt off, have run it over the sensor several times.
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2013, 01:43:41 PM »
I'm sure everyone will have their own take on this, but I have found using a wet system not entirely satisfactory on its own. I tend to use a Lenspen sensor cleaner, looks like the lens cleaner but a lot smaller with a triangular head. Gets just about everything off without scratching; there is always the wet system if all else fails.

I do find though that I don't get that much muck on the sensors in the first place.

Never seen one. I'll have to google. I've had the Nikon since the D50 came out. 8 yrs? now. Up til now I've only ever used the Butterfly and rocket blower. And all this dirt showed up right after I last used them, thinking I blew dust in instead of out. :'(
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2013, 01:45:51 PM »
So how did it work?

My first attempt was a bit like sqeegying a car windshield, I seemed to move the dirt all to one side so that I had half a dozen big dirty spots down the right side of my photos instead of tiny ones scattered all over. Tried again the next day and got those splotches out.  ;D
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2013, 01:48:51 PM »
So how did it work?

My first attempt was a bit like sqeegying a car windshield, I seemed to move the dirt all to one side so that I had half a dozen big dirty spots down the right side of my photos instead of tiny ones scattered all over. Tried again the next day and got those splotches out.  ;D
I am that way with the car as well :) 

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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2013, 01:49:47 PM »
I'm sure everyone will have their own take on this, but I have found using a wet system not entirely satisfactory on its own. I tend to use a Lenspen sensor cleaner, looks like the lens cleaner but a lot smaller with a triangular head. Gets just about everything off without scratching; there is always the wet system if all else fails.

I do find though that I don't get that much muck on the sensors in the first place.

I'm a liar Howard,  :( . Not only have I seen them, I own one. But I left it in Florida at my trailer along with my Sony and all it's kit.
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Re: Sensor Cleaning
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2013, 03:27:22 PM »
I'm sure everyone will have their own take on this, but I have found using a wet system not entirely satisfactory on its own. I tend to use a Lenspen sensor cleaner, looks like the lens cleaner but a lot smaller with a triangular head. Gets just about everything off without scratching; there is always the wet system if all else fails.

I do find though that I don't get that much muck on the sensors in the first place.

I'm a liar Howard,  :( . Not only have I seen them, I own one. But I left it in Florida at my trailer along with my Sony and all it's kit.

Ah well, the next time you are snowbirding you can give it a try ;)
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