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Sensor Cleaning


Jay44 14 1.4k Wales
24 Jul 2009 3:41PM
Just gave my 5D its first wet clean!

Took 4 goes!

2 with Visible Dust+, but this did leave some streaks, which is not supposed to do, and then two swipes with Visitble Dust Smear Away, and then a final clean with the arctic butterly.

Never seen my sensor so clean!

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25 Jul 2009 1:32PM
So you reckon it's better than Jeyes Fluid and a wire brush then?
chris.maddock 19 3.7k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 1:46PM
Can't beat a Dremel, though Wink
geoffash26 16 2.5k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 2:08PM
Dishwasher on a pre wash works every time Wink
SuziBlue 17 16.2k 10 Scotland
26 Jul 2009 1:30AM
... and let's not forget the humble Brillo pad.

Oh and if you have a cat, don't forget the old favourite - insert a can of tuna into the camera and leave in the kitchen overnight. In the morning you will have a very full and happy cat and a clean sensor.
NeilSchofield Plus
13 1.6k 1 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2009 8:41AM
Why not use what Canon service service dept seem to use every time my camera goes in - A good old trusty oily rag.
colin beeley Plus
17 1.2k 10 England
27 Jul 2009 8:41AM
as i am a builder i found my scutch and club hammer worked just fine Wink
chinny 15 492 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 12:36PM
Ohhhh Sends shivers down my spine Smile


See this thread
ripleysalien 13 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 3:04PM

Quote:Why not use what Canon service service dept seem to use every time my camera goes in - A good old trusty oily rag.


Never a truer word, mine went in and I think they sandblasted it for me, it was rammy when I got it back.
Jay44 14 1.4k Wales
29 Jul 2009 5:18PM
Wow, what interesting replies!
SuziBlue 17 16.2k 10 Scotland
29 Jul 2009 7:24PM
You know that machine you use for sanding wooden floors? That's worth a go, too.
Phil1958 11 272 4 Wales
30 Jul 2009 11:26PM
Good old fashioned Vim and scouring pad for me! I did give it a go with the carbon end of a lens pen - got some off but then took it back to my friendly Camera shop who did the rest free as it was still under warranty.
SuziBlue 17 16.2k 10 Scotland
31 Jul 2009 1:22AM
A good scrub with a wire brush isn't to be sniffed at. Particularly if you tip a bit of sand in there too.
stevie 16 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2009 5:39AM
No, no, no Suzi - we've mentioned this before - it's Vim PLUS a Brillo pad. Vigorous cleaning (we're talking give it one here) for a good ten minutes, finished off with a damn good polishing using 50/50 sand/Brasso mix and the wire brush you so correctly refer to (kids: make sure ask a grown-up first, especially if it's your Dad's wire brush)
lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2009 7:13AM
I got the best results by putting the camera in sensor clean mode & putting it in the dishwasher on a hot wash.

If the sensor is still damp 20minutes in the tumble dryer should sort it.

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