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Old 09-01-2012, 03:33   #1 (permalink)
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I use a few different lenses for my shots depending on what type of pictures I'm taking. The problem is that dust and other things are collecting inside the camera on the mirrors and ruining my pictures. It costs a bit to have it cleaned and I am wondering if this bothers anyone else? And I wanted to know how I can stop it from happening, or reduce it from happening. Thanks
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Dust

Some people avoid changing lenses to avoid exposing their cameras to potential dust but I'd say what's the point in owning a camera if you don't use the best lens for the job (and tend to often change my lens!)

Others are happy to clone out the dust "bunnies" in PP but that can get very time consuming

The best solution is to have a clean sensor - cheapest and easiest is to do it yourself but there are plenty of places that will clean it for you. Much is made of the dangers of DIY but my first dSLR was (and is - still have it) a Sigma SD10 which has a naked sensor but cleaning is still straight forward and the sensor remains undamaged (most cameras have a glass antialias filter bonded to the sensor which is tougher than the sensor surface). Having said that, I've never cleaned my 7D - it has an autoclean function at switch on/off which I initially dismissed as a gimmick. But nearly 40k images later I've still not needed to clean it!
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Some people avoid changing lenses to avoid exposing their cameras to potential dust but I'd say what's the point in owning a camera if you don't use the best lens for the job (and I tend to often change my lens!)

Others are happy to clone out the dust "bunnies" in PP but that can get very time consuming

The best solution is to have a clean sensor - cheapest and easiest is to do it yourself but there are plenty of places that will clean it for you. Much is made of the dangers of DIY but my first dSLR was (and is - still have it) a Sigma SD10 which has a naked sensor but cleaning is still straight forward and the sensor remains undamaged (most cameras have a glass antialias filter bonded to the sensor which is tougher than the sensor surface). Having said that, I've never cleaned my 7D - it has an autoclean function at switch on/off which I initially dismissed as a gimmick. But nearly 40k images later I've still not needed to clean it!
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This is an issue that affects everyone. First thing to do is to try to change lenses in a clean an environment as possible. Then change lenses as quickly as possible. Use lens caps all of the time and a body cap if you are not going to put a lens on the camera.

The mirror has a very fragile surface and you should not touch it physically. However, using a blower to remove dust will carry a risk of the dust going elsewhere in the camera. Dust on the mirror is annoying but will not affect your pictures. Dust on the sensor is the problem and most photo shops will charge around $30 to clean it. Sometimes you can get free cleaning at a photo exhibition or at a shop is they are promoting a product or service.

You can also clean it yourself. There are many kits available and there are turorials here

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One of the most important tips is to always switch your camera off before you change lenses as it reduces static which attracts dust. Always keep your camera opening face down so stuff can't fall in and its worth just using a blower both in the camera and on the back of your lenses occasionally to keep them as clean as poss before the change over.
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I used to clean the sensor of my EOS 20D every 4 months or so and usually before any significant Photoshoot or holiday. I just bought a wet cleaning kit from Warehouse Express (6 years ago) and it is not all consumed yet. The kit came with clear instructions and, of course, you should also read the camera manual. I can clean the sensor in less than 5 minutes. I usually take a shot of a sheet of white paper before cleaning and after cleaning. Sometimes I need to use a second swab to remove all the dust (always use a new swab never re-use).

For the last two years, my main camera has been an EOS 5D Mkii which has Auto-Clean and, like Markulous, I was sceptical about this. However, after two years use, I have yet to clean the sensor as the auto-clean seems to be very effective. I should add that I change lenses all the time and often forget to turn the camera off while doing so. I would be wary in a high dust area.

Clearly the exposure to dust will relate to how much the camera is used and lenses changed. Since converting the EOS 20D to IR, I have not had to clean it in 2 years but I probably use is less than 10% of previously and now only occassionally change lenses.
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Does the nikon d50 have autoclean? If not, what would I use to clean off the sensor?
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Does the nikon d50 have autoclean? If not, what would I use to clean off the sensor?
No auto clean on the D50. There are many different kits that work in different ways. Some even have a magnifier that mounts on the camera. Prices vary from cheap to expensive.

The SensorKlear is a cheap and effective product. I have the mk1 version and have used it with success.

Best is to do some research and then decide what system to get. There are several threads on here where people have commented on them.

There is also a review here

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Re: Dust

I usually clean mine myself with the fluid and wipes etc however after my last trip (to Aruba) there was that much dust flying around the sensor looked like a piece of sandpaper so I sent it off to to my local camera store for a damn good cleaning. £30.00 I think and to be honest at that price ill happily have it cleaned 3 or 4 times a year to save the pp work to get rid of the dust bunnies that will get images rejected from library submissions.
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Not often i have to clean mine as i always change the lenses with the camera & lens both pointing down & if outside always find somewhere sheltered, when needing a clean i do it myself using intermos.com cleaning kit
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