Sensor Testing and Cleaning

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    Good morning,

    I know the subject of sensor cleaning has come up on the forum in the past. I just wrote two articles on the subject that might shed some more light on the subject. It's important to understand the the costs and risks associated with sensor cleaning before you decide the approach that is right for you.

    The first article deals with how to test your sensor to determine the amount of accumulated dust. Including the use of Photoshop's "Equalize" function to help make the dust spots more visible.

    The second article presents several methods for cleaning a dirty sensor and their costs as well as the risk involved.

    Hope you find this helpful.

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    Thanks Hub - all good stuff

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    Very informative. Your next update should include some prices for sensor replacement for those brave enough to attempt the technique themselves.
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    Hi C.S.,

    According to the estimates I researched: The cost of sensor replacement is dependent upon the particular camera. But the range is from $250 to $800. A convincing argument for allowing a professional to do the same work for about $40 to $50.

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    I had to do mine recently.
    Dead easy.

    This is a good explination of what to do.:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRo7pJRkUhs


    NOTE: The camera should be pointing down at ALL times. Best to use a tripod so you have both hands free. Plus you get to see the dust and whatnot fall out the camera

    I use the Sensor Swabs and Eclipse Fluid as well. Again, I did it with the camera facing down.

    The Swabs are silly expensive (£30 for 12), but when I got them I also got a 100 pack of Pec Pads for about £10.
    I'm keeping the used swab sticks and I figured I can make 2 swabs from per PEC pad.
    So unless I lose the PEC pads then I don't need to buy any more ever again unless I get a camera with a different sensor size


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