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    Hallie  1166 forum posts United Kingdom
    15 Jul 2013 - 1:34 PM


    I'm having a minor problem with some permanent spots on photos which have remained after cleaning with an Arctic Butterfly to clean the sensor. The spots are consistent throughout. I understand that these are likely to be lube spots 'splashed' from the internal mechanism onto the sensor.

    Can anyone suggest a good cleaner and swab set for cleaning and/or any further tips on cleaning?

    Thank you Smile

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    KevSB  101410 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jul 2013 - 1:57 PM

    This site looks very good for a good breakdown


    I use a combination of

    Artic butterfly for regular Light cleans

    More rarely I use Smear away with a cleaning loupe and green swabs

    mikehit  56690 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jul 2013 - 3:09 PM

    I used a sensor pen to get rid of stubborn marks on the sensor of my 30D - easy peasy. No fluid, no smears.

    My (now defunct) local camera shop warned to be vey careful with the sort of swabs that come as soft plastic pockets that sit over a plastic paddle - apparently they are formed by heat pressing and sometimes the process is too hot and it leaves a little hard plastic 'tag' on the paddle that can scratch the sensor. The people who used to do their sensor cleansing stopped using those because they threw so many away - and they changed to using a sensor pen.

    Many people have used these swabs successfully so they obviously work, but I just thought I would offer an alternative view.

    Dann  1195 forum posts
    15 Jul 2013 - 4:12 PM

    Like Kev, I use an Artic Butterfly in the same manner.

    But whatever you do, don't resort to this:



    ( remains the property of the originating photographer.)

    Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Jul 2013 - 8:39 AM

    LOL, surely a Brillo pad would get a better shineTongue

    I use Eclipse fluid and swabs for stubborn stains.

    Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
    16 Jul 2013 - 11:14 AM


    ( remains the property of the originating photographer.)

    Saying that does not make it legal or ethical to copy someone else's photograph!

    But I love the image and agree about the brillo pads.


    779HOB  21033 forum posts United Kingdom
    16 Jul 2013 - 11:57 AM

    I use The London Camera Exchange!

    16 Jul 2013 - 7:31 PM

    I went to Photovision Bristol today and had a couple of camera sensors cleaned by the usual chap from Advanced Camera Services Ltd. He does a good job and it cost me 50 for both.

    16 Jul 2013 - 8:50 PM

    Quote: He does a good job and it cost me 50 for both.

    The downside of paying someone to do it for you is that the very next time you change a lens, there's every chance you'll need to pay him to do it again.

    779HOB  21033 forum posts United Kingdom
    16 Jul 2013 - 9:04 PM

    The upside is you can sit and have a coffee and a Danish while he (or she) does it!

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