I cleaned my sensor (somewhat)

This is a discussion on I cleaned my sensor (somewhat) within the Camera Handling and Caring forums, part of the Photography Tips category; After seeing the post here that Yorkshireman made about how to check your sensor I checked mine and this scared me, This is what I ...


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    After seeing the post here that Yorkshireman made about how to check your sensor I checked mine and this scared me, This is what I got.



    After using the sensor swabs and eclipse fluid that Dane reccommended this is what I have now.



    Not perfect and the 2 pictures were not the exact exposure and settings etc, I think it helped.

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    I need to do this, but I'm scared I might screw something up! Was it hard? How long did it take you?
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    That was one dirty sensor! Have you seen a difference in your photos? It's going to show up more at smaller aperatures.


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    It was not hard only took 5 minutes. I have not taken any pictures yet.

    You put your camera in sensor clean mode to lock up the mirror. Then you should use a bulb blower to blow out loose dust. Then put a few drops of the eclipse fluid on the sensor swab. Wipe the sensor or "filter in front of sensor I'm told" one direction then use the other side of the swab and wipe the other direction. I then blew out more dust again. Turn the camera off then on again to exit cleaning mode.
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    Thanks. I think I will make the attempt!
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    I was told to make sure your mirror does not try to come down while you have the swab inside. Make sure you have lot's of juice in your battery. Also, try just blowing the dust out first, then do another test. If you don't have to touch the sensor that would be the best.

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    yes, very good info. I need to do it too.
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    I will put in a plug for Visible Dust
    By far the best sensor cleaning tools I have used. Very safe and easy to use. The swabs come in various sizes for your camera, which makes life a little easier.
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    I cant belive it how dirty that sensor was. I thought that mine was dirty. I cleaned mine with blower,cheap one.
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