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Sensor cleaning for the first time

arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 1:10PM
I have a Canon 30D which needs the sensor cleaning.
The instruction manual describes the process, using a rubber blower, and then goes on to say that canned air or gas should not be used, or a brush either.

Can someone tell me what is OK to use to clean my 30D sensor please? I have been reading about 'Arctic Butterflies' and about sensor cleaning fluid applied to swabs. Are these methods going to damage my sensor?

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discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 1:18PM
Arctic butterflies are brilliant. You'd be surprised what they'll lift, and they're not nearly as risky as a wet clean, although this is the only way to get some gunk out.
But I'd definitely go with a butterfly for kickers. They can save a lot of hassle, and you can take them abroad without any hassle.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
26 Jun 2008 1:59PM
Agree with David, a wet clean needs to be the last option and I would let the pros do that. I have a brush system which is similar to the arctic and I've used it to do both my cameras including my old D70 and Alisons D200 and it's a breeze.

My brush came with a little blower that you use to charge the nylon brush, one wipe across the sensor and it lifts the dust. You can also use the blower to remove other dust on your camera.

agoreira 14 6.0k Wales
26 Jun 2008 2:25PM

Quote:Agree with David, a wet clean needs to be the last option and I would let the pros do that.

If you don't fancy doing a wet clean your sensor, and are happy for a pro to do it,that's fine, but I would suggest that there are hundreds of us here, non pros, that are perfectly happy doing our own wet clean without any problems. When I had my first DSLR, I sent it to the experts under warranty to have it cleaned as it was free, it came back a few weeks later not much better. Sent it away again, and it came back acceptable, but certainly not perfect, so since then, I have done both my 10D and 5D myself.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
26 Jun 2008 2:32PM
Thanks, I suppose I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. It's hard to imagine having to do any thing other than dry clean.

arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 5:53PM
Thankyou for your responses, I went to my LCS(local camera shop) and bought a rubber blower, some swabs and some fluid, and decided to bite the bullet and do a wet clean, which from my afternoon shoot results, was successful : )
I also bought some lens cleaning equiptment, and cleaned my lenses too, as there were marks that could have caused the blemishes in the first place.
I'm tempted to get the arctic butterfly at some point in the near future as I've only heard good reports about them, but as I'm off to Cornwall in the morning(work/leisure), what I have done has been sufficient.
Grimm 11 587 6
26 Jun 2008 6:45PM
Just finished cleaning my sensor with the delkin product I just bought. It actually got worst. More dust now, and worst its stuck to the sensor now after a wet clean. I used the vacum thingy that came with the set, and the swabs and solution. Also used my old rubber blower. The more I clean it the worst it gets. I stopped now before I do any damage. Can anyone recommend a good pro cleaner? Should I go and buy an arctic butterfly?

I will go and kick myself on the head while I wait for a reply.
justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
26 Jun 2008 7:06PM
Just get some pec pads, eclipse cleaning solution and make an appropriate sized cleaning tool out of an icing spatula. It may take several cleans to get your sensor clean, obviously use a fresh pec pad each time.
I havn't used an Artic Butterfly but for the stuborn, stuck-on specks, a wet clean is the way to go.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
26 Jun 2008 7:18PM
Using the cleaner solution is fine, just follow the instructions and literally 1 drop of solution should be OK. The solvents used (isopropanol) won't attack the sensor, there is a protective glass panel over the electronics. The only time you will get a problem is if you let it swim in solvent, when it could attack some of the internal seals.

Despite all the misgivings I've yet to hear from anyone that has had a problem
Grimm 11 587 6
26 Jun 2008 7:19PM
Thanks Justin. That is one way of doing it. I'll try and wait for any other alternative options before i jump into it. Something I should have done before i cleaned it in the first place. I really hate it when things like this happen.
Grimm 11 587 6
26 Jun 2008 7:24PM
I think the solution is doing its part just fine. The problem is the dust and dirt is still left on the corners and sides of the sensor. It does not stick to the swabs or get sucked by the vacum thing. I cant even blow it away with the giottos blower.
eric6 10 21 Greece
28 Jun 2008 10:43AM
Have a look at http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/index.html. It will give you some confidance. I managed to do my 5D
Jay44 12 1.4k Wales
14 Jul 2008 10:23AM
I've recently purchased an arctic butterfly and my sensor isnow spotless!

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