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Sensor cleaning

Hallie 4 167 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2013 1:34PM

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 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2013 1:57PM
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 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2013 3:09PM
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 4 248
15 Jul 2013 4:12PM
Like Kev, I use an Artic Butterfly in the same manner.

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



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Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 8:39AM
LOL, surely a Brillo pad would get a better shineTongue

I use Eclipse fluid and swabs for stubborn stains.
Gundog 4 629 Scotland
16 Jul 2013 11:14AM


( 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 6 1.2k United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 11:57AM
I use The London Camera Exchange!
thewilliam 9 6.1k
16 Jul 2013 7:31PM
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.
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
16 Jul 2013 8:50PM

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 6 1.2k United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 9:04PM
The upside is you can sit and have a coffee and a Danish while he (or she) does it!

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