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Old 05-05-2008, 12:14   #1 (permalink)
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Do you clean your gear?

I must admit I've let things slip and i need to spring clean my gear, lenses, sensor, filters then charge batteries and repatriate everything back into its rightful home. I have gear everywhere
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:17   #2 (permalink)

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I TYPE USING CAPITALS DUE TO A DISABILTY

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ONLY WHEN IT GETS DIRTY
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:19   #3 (permalink)
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Yes I've let thing slip a little. I've never given my sensors a proper clean
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:30   #4 (permalink)
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Re: How often...

I try not to get mine dirty

Never cleaned my sensor. Yet. Although I do need to (just too chicken)

I do keep my kit neat + organised, but have to admit it does get a bit split up, depending on what I take out on a particular trip ... My tripod lives in the boot of my car; I have a separate little bag with my Cokin filters in (which I take along quite often but never use ); I have two backpacks that I keep my kit in - one for taking lots of gear and another for taking a little, so kit does tend to get split up that way, although I do usually put things back in their respective living quarters after a trip out And I usually charge my battery as soon as I get back from an excursion, ready for the next one.

Can't find my WB caps though, which I bought off Ebay but never used ('cos I can't find them).
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once a year , take it apart and stick it under the vacuum cleaner
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Well I've just recharged four 20D batteries today and am finishing off my third 1D batt.

Sensors haven't been properly cleaned for a couple of weeks so they must be due a wash.
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I wash everything down every couple of weeks, usually when the weather is good so that I can put everything outside in the sun to dry
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I wash everything down every couple of weeks, usually when the weather is good so that I can put everything outside in the sun to dry
I just put mine in the washing machine, then tumble dry afterwards but I suppose that's not so good for the environment.
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Panic here now! I thought it was all drip dry.
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Surely everyone knows the dry cleaner is the only place to send equipment? To prevent shrinkage!
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Mines self cleaning
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:06   #12 (permalink)
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I never clean my gear.

I just give it to the OH to do

Good job she does not read this forum
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:11   #13 (permalink)
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I guess, I only clean the sensor but when it needs it which is around 3 times a year. What else needs cleaning?

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I guess, I only clean the sensor but when it needs it which is around 3 times a year. What else needs cleaning?

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Lenses? Filters?
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Re: How often...

I'd usually run a lens pen over the lenses to clear away any dust that may be there just before I go out for a shoot, only takes a minute or two... but that's about it really as I'm normally pretty careful to prevent dirt getting on my gear in the first place.
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Fair point, but I rarely need to clean lenses. I do not touch the front of the lens and keep a cover on except when actaully shooting. In fact because I almost never had to clean the traditional protective UV filter, I have stopped using those as well. Those filters that I have remain in their Hoya or Cokin cases apart from the few occassions they are used so rarely need cleaning either.

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I tend to clean my lens with the rocket blower only to get dust from the front eliment. Ive blew out the sensor with the rocket blower but never properly cleaned it mind, and really should do it sometime. Anyone know a good site to get the fluid and pec pads at a resonable price?
Do you need specfic fluid for different sensors/camera models?
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Just read that your not supposed to use pec pads to clean the sensor with. Is that true? I'm going to clean my sensor but dont want to do it wrong.
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What are pec pads?
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non abrasive wipes i think that you use on a spatula swobbed in cleaning fluid
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