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"Hair" on sensor?

19 Sep 2012 4:32PM
Oh dear, just come back from doing a bit of HDR in the Cheddar Gorge and I find there is a "hair" or similar on my7D sensor! I have seen this before but thought it was on my previous lens. I now have a new 15-85mm and it's still there! Is it "safe" to clean the sensor or should I take it to Jessops or similar?

You can see it nearly half way up the L/H side, just above the white cloud.


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Carabosse Plus
14 41.0k 269 England
19 Sep 2012 4:36PM
If it's just a hair you may be able to blow it off with a powerful blower. Have you tried that?
19 Sep 2012 4:40PM
Blimey, that was quick! No, I can't find my puffer at the momentSad
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
19 Sep 2012 4:52PM
You could try dislodging with a clean cotton wool bud stick thingy - but be very careful. Lock the mirror up you will see the sensor and should see the hair. It will be on the right as the image is upside down and back to front on the sensor. Hold the camera up above your head so the screen is pointing downwards and nudge the hair with the cotton wool stick so it falls off - don't press just finely move above the surface to catch the hair. If that doesn't work you need to either get it cleaned professionally or buy a proper cleaning kit with swabs that you sweep across the sensor.
19 Sep 2012 5:05PM
Ha! Sorted! Found puffer (in dog's basket!). Few puffs to clean the thing and then a couple onto the sensor and........gone! Took picture of clear blue sky (long time since I saw that!) and.........nothing, gone!

Thanks guys. Now have to go back to the Gorge and repeat the exercise. Hope it's sunny tomorrow!

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