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Robert Aberman
 

Cleaning D100 Sensor


I have a Nikon D100 and would like to clean the low-pass filter on the CCD. In the manual it says you firstly need to use an EH-5 AC adapter (which costs a wacking £74.99) and if ‘you find a foreign object on the filter’ it should ‘only be cleaned by Nikon-authorised service personnel’. I have read a number of forums where it is mentioned (that by being very careful and meticulous) that one can do the cleaning yourself using Sensor Swabs, and Eclipse fluid. Has anyone got any first hand experience of cleaning the D100 and what the procedure is? I know that, as a starting point, the camera can be put on ‘bulb’ and the mirror can be locked up, exposing the CCD and filter.


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3/22/2004 4:28:53 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  I'm working on this issue and will post the results after I clean my camera - still waiting to get the supplies in the mail (they should come soon)...


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3/22/2004 4:43:01 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  See this article:

http://www.pbase.com/copperhill/ccd_cleaning


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3/22/2004 4:44:11 PM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Robert, cleaning the CCD on your D100 isn't as tricky as it seems. You can use the bulb setting to get the mirror up and out of the way. I use Eclipse cleaner and sensor swabs to clean mine. Haven't had a catastrophe yet. The CCD is not as fragile as you might think. I suggest first using just the sensor swabs without the Eclipse and then check to see if this solves the problem. There are several articles out there that will take you through the procedure step by step. I think Eclipse actually has photos to show you exactly how to do it correctly. Here are a few links that might be helpful:

http://www.photosol.com/swabdemo.htm

http://www.bythom.com/cleaning.htm

http://www.moose395.net/howto/cleanccd.html

http://www.nikondigital.org/articles/ccd_cleaning.htm


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3/23/2004 5:49:06 AM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Thanks for the additional links Piper! I'll check them out...


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3/23/2004 10:21:09 AM

 
Robert Aberman   Just to say thanks for all your input.
www.pbase.com/image/15473243 is particularily helpful and I think I'll give it a try.


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3/23/2004 10:39:33 AM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  I'm happy to report - I got my supplies and cleaned the CCD without incident...


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3/23/2004 6:51:51 PM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Excellent news! Tell the truth -- it wasn't as tricky as you feared, right? I think all the cautions from Nikon, etc. are to protect their own butts, which is perfectly understandable. I have used the Eclipse, but I didn't really need to. Haven't had a spec of dust that wouldn't come clean with just the dry pads alone. I think using the Eclipse incorrectly could cause more smudges than it removes since it dries before you can wipe it off sufficiently.


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3/24/2004 6:56:56 AM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Yep - wasn't so bad! :-)


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3/24/2004 7:26:51 AM

 
Daniel R. White   I'm glad to hear that cleaning the sensor is not all that difficult. I just got an estimate for $275.00 US to clean the sensor from Nikon!!! My feeling is that is just absurd - what do you folks think?? I think I'd rather try it myself...


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6/27/2006 8:07:06 AM

 
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