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William f. Collins

Manually Cleaning the Sensor

I have an older Nikon which does not have an automatic sensor cleaner. I have three spots on the sensor which the local Nikon dealer was unable to remove.
Has anyone had any success stories about using a liquid commercial sensor cleaner? I was thinking about using the products from Copper Hill Images.
Appreciate your feedback.

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8/2/2011 12:45:10 PM

Nicholas Semo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2008
  Hi Bill, I clean my Nikons (D300, D700) using Sensor Swab and Eclipse, both from Photographic Solutions. I've never had a problem using them, and they work great.

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8/3/2011 3:07:18 AM

Patti  Hogan   I had a D200 that I finally got brave and cleaned the sensor myself. Had a few spots that were hard to get rid of. Just had to keep doing the swab thing over and over (with new swabs) until the spots came off. Who knows what it was, but they're gone now. Used Sensor Swab with Eclipse fluid. Good luck

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8/9/2011 5:04:12 AM

Dan W. Dooley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2005
  I have been quite successful at using the chemical cleaning systems mentioned. My previous camera did not have the auto cleaner and required more manual cleaning. My current one does but on a couple of occassions a stubborn spot has required cleaning a time or two. With careful use the chemical cleaners (follow the instructions carefully) will work. On the other hand, if you have a spot that Nikon Service is not able to remove, you're not going to remove it either. Unless the dealer you mentioned was not really equipped for service. That could be. :-)

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8/9/2011 6:26:04 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Those "auto cleaners" don't really do much except move a few loose particles around.
The swab kits mentioned by the others are easy to use and quite effective!
A good Hurricane Blower is a valuable assett if you change lenses as much as I do.
A few blasts on the sensor and on the rear element of the lens prior to installing it keeps most of those pesky dust specks out of harms way.
Als, never remove the lens with the camera turned on. The sensor will become slightly magnetized, which can actually draw dust into the body cavity.

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8/9/2011 6:44:54 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Bill,
I am assuming you already know this but since it wasn't mentioned - Never use compressed air to clean the sensor, use the swabs and hand blower :)
Thank you Bob for the reminder to turn off the camera when changing lenses as I sometimes forget to do this when I am in the midst of shooting in fast paced environments like the festivals I attend.
I do always remember to turn the camera off when inserting or removing a CF card every since I fried a card about 3 years ago.
I have another festival shoot this weekend and this will complete 3 festivals in 4 weeks :)
My website has a link that says Festival/Private galleries and this will take you to my recent Phish11 & NWSS11 festival photos :)
Still smiling :)

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8/10/2011 2:26:11 PM

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