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Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
 

Sensor Sensibilities


Has any one tried manually cleaning their full-frame sensor with one of those swab kits?
I tried to swab my D-800 sensor but I just made a mess of things! I can't seem to get rid of the residue.
(With my D300, it was a no-brainer.)

Local shops won't touch it, and I'd like to avoid sending the camera to Nikon to get it cleaned.

...any advice??


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8/23/2013 2:17:50 AM

 
Nicholas Semo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2008
  I use sensor swab by photographic solutions along with eclipse all the time. About the only advice I can give is to make sure you have the right size swab. The real trick is to use the right angle and pressure and a smooth stroke. Try to use just enough pressure so that the swab doesn't chatter when you drag it along the sensor. My first attempts were a disaster to. Just keep at it....it's true...practice makes perfect.

Nick.


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8/27/2013 4:23:31 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
 
 
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Thanks Nicholas.
I know all about having the right sized swabs. (...after first having achieved disastrous results by using the wrong size.)
When I acquired the proper sized swab kit, I assumed that my dilemma would have been licked, so to speak.
I've attached a recent photo to illustrate exactly what I've been dealing with.

The good news, is that subsequent attempts in removing the residual streaks and spots have produced much better results, so at least I know I'm on the right track.


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8/27/2013 5:47:45 PM

 
Nicholas Semo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2008
  Yikes.....I thought I had a problem because I couldn't get rid of some stubborn dust. I'm wondering if that is grease that somehow got on your sensor.

BTW is that the 800 or the 800E. I'm looking to buy an 800E.


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8/28/2013 10:13:16 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Those streaks appeared after I attempted to clean a few dust specs.
That is residue left from my (failed) attempt at swabbing.
As mentioned, subsequent attempts have looked much better, so I think I'm feeling confident in my decision not to send it out to Nikon to be cleaned.

BTW, mine is a D800...not D800E.


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8/28/2013 2:04:39 PM

 
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