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Have you cleaned your camera's sensor?

Tourmeister

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So while doing my bug shots of late I have noticed annoying spots in the images that I have to stop and remove in post processing. I made sure the lens and mirrors were clean. I did some test exposures. The spots are always in the same place, which pretty much means they are on the sensor. In fact, there were a LOT of them! :shock:

Have any of you ever used any of the cleaners that use a wet swipe instead of just the air bulb (which doesn't work real well)?

What have your experiences been, good or bad?

Got a favorite brand/kit?
 

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Yes. Just cleaned one of my sensors for the first time a few weeks ago.

These are kits I ordered. One is for full framed, the other for APS-C crop.
That is the crop for 1.6x

For a Nikon, I think you need this one if you have Nikon crop, but you need to double check.

It comes with instructions on how to dry clean, do test shots, wet clean. I manage to get rid of all but one spot in my first cleaning and it was minor so I left it alone.
 

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So pretty good results for you. Were the sensors very dirty?

My D7200 sensor is FILTHY! It was kind of surprising because I never take the lens off. The 105 Macro just sits on there all the time.

Scott linked me to a video where a guy shows how to test his various Canon bodies. One is fresh back from a factory refurb because he sent it in and another is brand spanking new, never even had the cover removed from the lens mount. Both had some serious nastiness on them from the factory!
 

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My 7D mark II is around 5 years old. I found that I had 3 very obvious spots and 2 others that showed fairly easily. And a couple of little ones that cleared by blowing. The process was to take a picture of a well lit white wall, high f stop, focused at infinity, if I remember correctly. Then I pull them into lightroom and use the show sensor spots option when the healing tool is active. I made a note of where they are on the sensor. Remember it is upside down and backwards. then do the cleaning. and reshoot. repeat as necessary. The other camera is newer and I haven't noticed spots so I only ordered the kit so I'd have it if needed.
 

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I had no idea there was a "show sensor spots" option!

Going to look for it now.
 

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Hmmm... According to this,

VisualizeSpotsLighroom.png


I should have that stuff show up below the image, but I don't :shrug:

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Never tried to clean my sensor, I've read it can be risky if one doesn't really know what they're doing. I know I have some spots but not blowing up anything into prints lately nor trying to sell any image so it's not too annoying...at this point.
Let us know Scott how your cleaning attempt goes.
 

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Never tried to clean my sensor, I've read it can be risky if one doesn't really know what they're doing.
I've watched a bunch of videos on how to do it. Doesn't look to hard as long as you take your time and are careful. From what I can tell, getting the right amount of cleaning fluid is the trick, enough to still clean and also evaporate quickly so it doesn't leave streaks.
 
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@Tourmeister and @WoodButcher, I'm glad you guys posted this stuff up. During my shots of the Blue Angels fly over I noticed some spots that were always in the same place. Blowy bulb thing and wet cleaning kit has been ordered and hopefully my little 750 will be good as new soon. I'm not surprised that it is this dirty this soon, with all the competition shooting photos I end up taking. It always seems to be really dusty, and nasty for all those events.

Wish me luck!
 

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Yeah, and I still saw a sensor spot in my Thunderbird flyover pictures, but on the other camera that I thought didn't need it. Oh well, at least I know what I'm doing this time.
 

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@Tourmeister and @WoodButcher, I'm glad you guys posted this stuff up. During my shots of the Blue Angels fly over I noticed some spots that were always in the same place. Blowy bulb thing and wet cleaning kit has been ordered and hopefully my little 750 will be good as new soon. I'm not surprised that it is this dirty this soon, with all the competition shooting photos I end up taking. It always seems to be really dusty, and nasty for all those events.

Wish me luck!
Which kits did you order?

I still haven't done the wet clean, only the air blast with the bulb which helped a lot. I still have a few stubborn spots though.
 
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