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Old 17-07-2013, 22:44   #1 (permalink)
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How clean is good enough for you?(Sensor Cleaning)

For the first time in 7 years of owning dSLR's, I had to tackle cleaning my sensor.

My first dSLR I had only one lens and never changed it, and my second I had two lenses, one being the 18-200 that rarely came off, and only right up at the end did I have dust bunnies after 5 years of owning it. I sold that camera as-is when I bought my D800 7 months ago, so I avoided it.

Now with this camera I don't have the one lens does it all situation as my main lenses are a 24-85VR and the 70-300VR.. plus I have acquired several other nice lenses. As such I change lenses often and well - it finally bit me.

A giant booger on my sensor that the automatic cleaning function would not remove. This wonderful swamp we live in, called Michigan is humid especially this time of year, and that dust blob was welded tight to the glass..

I've read that a lot of sensor cleaning is finding a happy medium. That you end up mopping the dust around until it doesn't bother you and maybe you pick up some of the worst. I find that...unsatisfying, but i'm coming to maybe accept it.

Watching the pro photographers with internet presences demoing cleaning products makes me laugh now, as they make it seem so simplistic, one, two passes and it's all done!

I did 14 wet passes with eclipse solution and a kit made by Copper Hill Images and took sample shots after each pass. It went from bad to worse to horrible before I just soaked a swab until it was saturated with eclipse (probably 99% rubbing alcohol if I know how marketing works) and mopped the sensor (Thom Hogan's suggestion)

Further adding to the joy of cleaning, I discovered that static brushes don't work all that well when the air quality is approaching drinkable. Again i found the static brush more moved things around than picked it up. I must have tried the static brush 20 times or more.

My kit came with a lenspen sensor cleaning pen, which I tried in desperation to help reduce my dust spots. it helped some, but mostly distributed the dust to the edges. Lens pen followed by a the static brush did do some good..

I found the sensor swabs on any given pass were 2 out of 5 times likely to drop a piece of lint on the sensor. Though I was able to remove that when it happened using the brush.

After all that work I finally managed to get to the point I have 7 or so light dust marks that show up in Lightroom 5's 'visualize spots' when I shoot the blue sky at F5 and crank the dust visualizer tool up to 100%. F29 it's still bad, but at 60% it looks tolerable.

I suspect my house is too dusty.. That maybe I'm letting in just as much dust as I am removing.

The location of the dust marks is better than what I had before I started cleaning. They were in the center, now they're in the lower left and right quadrants with a little bit also on the top right corner..

I haven't gone out and shot anything but sky yet so it remains to be seen how I did... I guess I'll avoid shooting the sky at F29
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I wet clean my camera sensors every three months. I've read that full frame cameras are more susceptible to oil on the sensor than crop cameras as there is less room in the chamber.
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I use Eclipse with some success but you need to be using the right size swab (see the manufacturers reccomendation) and you need to be blowing the dust off before you use the swab.

I have often noted, when using flash on 1:1 macro shots, the large amount of dust/pollen that shows up in the image(not on the sensor) in areas that you would normally class as being in clean fresh air, no wonder we get "dust bunnies" from time to time when to be practical you need to swap your lens
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I wet clean my camera sensors every three months. I've read that full frame cameras are more susceptible to oil on the sensor than crop cameras as there is less room in the chamber.
I'm quite certain I was fighting a little bit of oil, for sure..
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I use Eclipse with some success but you need to be using the right size swab (see the manufacturers reccomendation) and you need to be blowing the dust off before you use the swab.

I was using the 24mm swab that was recomomended for full frame sensors, and I was blowing the heck out of the swabs before use using a rocket blower at first. I switched to a can of compressed gas "air" after a while of getting tired of pumping the rocket blower.
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I meant blowing the sensor first, with a bulb puffer. Be careful with compressed gas near the internal workings of the camera.
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ahh gotcha. yes i was also puffing the camera body - i avoided using compressed gas, tempting though it may have been.
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Re: How clean is good enough for you?(Sensor Cleaning)

Used to have to clean my sensor every month or so, with the Sigmas - and had to be extra careful as Sigma used a bare sensor whereas all Bayer sensors (every other manufacturer!) have an anti-alias glass filter bonded to the sensor. But then I've always changed lenses as needed!

However, since getting the 7D with it's autoclean 3 years ago, I haven't needed to clean it once (and to think I thought it a marketing gimmick!). Having said that, I've recently noticed a small dust bunny in one corner of the frame - so I'll have to dig out the cleaning kit
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Re: How clean is good enough for you?(Sensor Cleaning)

Hi Icraft,
I clean my sensor by first using my arctic butterfly, then Visible Dust smear away, (cleans oil) then a "polish" with Visible Dust Sensor Clean (cleans water marks). The "auto cleaning" keeps things clear for a couple of months before I need to do a wet clean. I also clean the Arctic Butterfly with their cleaning fluid after each use, otherwise if the contamination is oil, it just spreads it .
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This question always shows up every so often, I puff a lot. One thing I did lessen to the need to clean was to hold my camera body downwards, with the lens cap on the back of the lens to swap loose, I take my lens off the body, set it end up, grab the cap off the swap lens setting it on the removed lens. Then I put the swap lens up in the body at a slight angle to see what I am doing. Back to the removed lens and tighten the rear cap. I don't have to swab it much any more,,cool. When i do, I use a big bellows foot pump for a air mattress, with the body on my tri-pod pointing downward I give it a couple of big puffs, then take my swab with a pic pad wrapped around tight and ending with the tip as flat and without folds as i can. My swab is a little smaller then my sensor, i use 3 to 4 drops of eclipse and drag slighting the swab in the direction of movement. At the edge i push it in slightly and reverse the angle back the other way. dropping the swab straight down the edge without stopping I go back across and up the other edge. I now have used both sides of my pic pad and will use a good size ear puffer to blow any dust that should now be dry. This has always worked, never use the pic pad more then once a side. I've had to clean my wife's twice one time, but that was it. I have a big something stuck on one of my cameras, everytime I remove a lens I puff it out and hope it well go away. It left after about 12 puffing sessions,,
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Re: How clean is good enough for you?(Sensor Cleaning)

Just to clarify - you do the swabbing while it's mounted upside down on the tripod? That seems like it might take some practice if that's what you meant..

This bellows pump for an air mattress sounds like it might be a good investment. My only concern would be is it drawing in dust off the floor where that sort of thing settles.. I've also thought about buying one of those hurricane canned air replacements..

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I've used one before and they blow like crazy.. without the risk of expelling liquid gasses or oils like an air compressor would..



I think my nightmare cleaning session was in part dealing with some oil. I hope so at least.. I've decided i'm going to live with the dust spots I have right now, as described above. They'll be unnoticeable until I really stop down my lens and/or point at the sky to shoot..

I think i'm going to throw out the 'quick strips' they sold me and get a pack of pec pads.. i'm getting way too much lint off them. I think it's coming from where they are cut. Wrapping a pecpad around and keeping all the cut edges on the finger end of the wiper blade stick would probably make a lot of sense.

A HEPA air filter in the room i do the cleaning in probably wouldn't hurt. vacuum the floor, run the filter for a couple days then clean. I live in a 1950's ranch style home with hardwood floors everywhere and the house is built on sandy loam and we dust like you wouldn't believe.

Now if it would just cool off a bit here. I'd go against my doctor's orders and get out to make some pictures.

I'm one of those prolific sweaters. I don't do 95 degrees 85% humidity lightly.. my camera gear gets soaked and my glasses end up wet.
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My desk chair is low and my tri-pod is high. The angle is downward but up and towards the chair. About asdown as is comfortable. I keep my foot bellows in a big black bag, the hose is the size of a vacuum hose. Lot of volume and not much pressure. It is only for the hard to clean. Sometimes that is all it takes or my smaller one. I have a cut piece of filter over the inlet as I plan ahead for the full monty and sticky dust mop and use the rug vacuum before by about 2 hours. I have lots of dust to so I've really taken to the hand duster for a quick dust cleaning once in awhile. The easier the better I say and that mean get it done the first time.;
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Although I use the automatic inbuilt sensor clean with every switch on, I still need to clean up once in a while. Both cameras last about 6 months or more if I take care changing lenses (idem Boofers ). A couple of months ago (around 6 months after buying the D800 I found it necessary to clean it. It was not as as easy as the D300s. The sensor just fits inside the shutter mask and like you Lloyd I found myself getting more on the sensor than off. I was using Visible Dust's swabs, and cursing because they produced more dust than they took off.

I then read the box which said blow any loose filaments that might have collected in the 'dust free packaging', off the swab before use. Filament problem solved. (Never had a problem with the APS-C swabs).

Next I found that twisting the swab inside the space available around the sensor quite tight as the swabs are oversized for the sensor and fit quite loosely on their plastic paddle. This allows them to move around and is quite difficult to guide them accurately over the sensor and withdraw them without touching the shutter mask - even following Active Dusts instructions to twist the swab. The result was that touching the shutter mask disturbed either loose paint powder or oil that then fell onto the sensor. I was sweating profusely by then and decided to pack the camera away until I cooled off.

I tackled the job again a week later and successfully removed the contaminants. However, although I have worked happily with Active Dust material on the D300s, after working on the D800 I would be looking for an alternative. It is expensive material and should be better quality controlled in my mind. Certainly full frame swabs should be controllable especially when you come to the end of the sweep. it has to be possible to lift them off without risk of touching the sides. Maybe Canon have more room to play with.

I blow the mirror chamber when necessary and sensor as well if the battery power is high enough. If I'm at home doing this I'll hold the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner near the opening in the hope that any loose dust will be sucked from the chamber - the cleaner is full of micro filters, but on a sunny day you see how much dust is just floating in the air anyway.

Finally just a thought about using high pressure air blowers. Make sure they are well shaken and warm. In a hurry, I blasted the dust off a Hasselblad focussing screen many moons ago and it crazed with the very cold air / temperature change coming out of the nozzle. Since then I have avoided high pressure canisters on cameras.
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With a few exceptions where I ended up leaving big gobs of lint, or huge sploteches at the sides, I am finding i was being far too critical of the cleaning job I was doing. That being said, the wipes they sold me are NOT lint free. Even with blowing the crap out of them with the puffer or canned air, they drop lint.

I purchased a package of PEC Pads last week and the next time I have a cleaning job, I am going to wrap one of those around my sensor swap handle and see what they can do for me.

But currently what spots I have only show up above F16 when pointed at a cloudless blue sky. and then only when I turn visualize spots in lightroom up past 55% or so.. in other words, it's not that bad at all and the spots fall on areas that are normally pretty busy in my photos.

My little pink flower photo shows no spots at all and I did no spot removal. That was taken post-sensor cleaning.. It was F9 if I recall properly.
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Being an old gearhead,,,,cool,,,I think it is a good Idea to bring the cleaning process out in the open every once in a while. I've come to believe that most of us love to puff our cameras full of love so our pictures are wonderful and clean.
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Well, I bought some visible dust swabs yesterday for delivery today, so it's a sensor cleaning afternoon for me today. I've got the arctic butterfly brush, but there are some still some spots on the 5D MkIII & I lent my son the MkII when we went out together on Wednesday and that has even more, so camera housework day Mind you, I've got to clean the brushes for the arctic butterfly as it got used for getting some dust out of his laptop!
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Mind you, I've got to clean the brushes for the arctic butterfly as it got used for getting some dust out of his laptop!
eeek! i hope that goes smoothly.. laptop dust and sensors do not sound like a good combo.

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LOL luckily he only used one of the brush heads, there is still another one sealed up He had some major laptop problems, luckily after he had finished and printed off his masters dissertation! The brush heads can be cleaned as well, so should all be fine.
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Nostalgia time for me! I needed a very gentle method of cleaning my first dSLR, Sigma SD10 as it has a 'naked' sensor (most cameras have a hard glass antialias filter bonded to the sensor). Went for their very first product, the VisibleDust Sensor Brush after emailing them about cleaning methods and what I'd get (it was very expensive!). Worked well as I've still got the camera 10 years later having cleaned it dozens of times!
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They are very good bits of kit, they get rid of most dust bunnies.
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Well, 4 months later here and I find myself dragging out the cleaning kit. I've been putting this off as long as possible. But for the last six weeks, if there aren't clouds in my sky shots I'm cleaning up dots all over the place in my frames.. and I just started seeing dust spots in portraits.


expecting the absolute worst time as before, I took a reference photo and let it import via my EyeFi card. (Boy do I recommend one or a real wifi camera dongle for this job). made a pass with the blower and it stuck. made a pass with the static brush and it was stuck.. did a wet cleaning.. and done..

shock and awe.. 4 minutes have passed.

I quickly put everything away and sat, wondering where I went wrong.. It can't possibly be clean.


This second pass being so easy jives with what I've heard people say about their experiences. First time cleaning you encounter some oil that is difficult to remove..

it is overcast so I was not able to take a shot of a nice blue sky to confirm that it's clean.. but I can't find anything with the loupe and a F22 shot of the overcast day zoomd to 8:1 and meticulously poured over shows nothing.. So I'm crossing my fingers, eyes, and two remaining hairs on my head, in hopes that it really was that easy..
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How do you know the sensor needs cleaning ? and is it hard to get too
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you start getting dots and blobs or worse in all your pictures. especially in large bright expanses of sky with small apertures.. busy backgrounds can hide the dust bunnies..

dslrs have a mirror lockup feature. You use that to push the mirror up and expose the sensor.
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thank you
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i have never cleaned the sensor in 3 years of having the 7D infact i have never cleaned a sensor i have a couple dots on my mirror which are fine,,, but when it does need cleaning it goes into a shop.
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I do mine about every 3 months.
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Never cleaned any of mine.
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winter months when it's drier I don't notice it. It's when the humidity spikes and pollen is in the air that I get my sensor globbed. some of that stuff seems to practically weld itself to the glass.
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ok I was just going through the camera settings Panasonic DMC G2 and it has a sensor clean program

is that the same thing you are doing or do you have to physically clean it


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Never cleaned any of mine.
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winter months when it's drier I don't notice it. It's when the humidity spikes and pollen is in the air that I get my sensor globbed. some of that stuff seems to practically weld itself to the glass.
Yeah, I used to find pollen the worst offender. I'm assuming that the 'cleaning program' shifts it before it can weld itself on as I've not had that problem of late

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is that the same thing you are doing or do you have to physically clean it
The auto clean works every time I switch on and switch off which is why my camera hasn't needed a sensor clean. So yes, that can be sufficient unless there's dust 'bunnies' that won't shift.

And I've just noticed two!! Not been apparent up until now as all my shots tend to be around f2.8-5.6, so unnoticeable! Looks like one physical sensor clean coming up!
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