Old 11-27-2006, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've had my D70s for all most a year and I have taken great steps to not get dust on the sensor. Well, despite my best efforts, I got a big chunck in the upper right hand corner. I thought that I could be clever and use my "nuclear" staticmaster that I use for my B&W negitives to get the dust but instead I'm just pushing it (and alot more dust that I have idea where it came from) around the sensor. Thanks to my efforts, its alot worse now then when I started, so I ask what is the right way to go about this?

Sorry if a thread has already been done to this effect....
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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It only took me a couple months to get dirt on mine... it was aweful.

What I did, and this probably is highly not recommended, but I left the shutter open and used an electronic soft cloth that I bought at Walmart. I took the eraser end of a pencil and wrapped it around there. Making sure not to get any more dust on it, I made sure it was free of any debris. I extremely lightly moved the dust particles around so they were free. I tipped the camera upside down and used some compressed air to blow the dust out. It worked, and I can not see with my eye or on the photos and dust or anything else on the sensor. I was very nervous about doing this, and probably will not perform it again until the sensor is very dirty again.

The thing now is, how do you get the damn viewfinder clean!
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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I've used a simple (rocket) blower - with mirror down, it took care of the VF (speck was actually on the mirror surface), and with mirror locked up, it took care of the sensor.

For other techniques, http://photo.net/equipment/digital/sensorcleaning/
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Old 11-27-2006, 08:49 PM   #4
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I too have a D70 that went less than a year before gathering dust on the sensor. A fellow photographer cautioned against making contact with the shutter, but suggested this:

Go to a sterile location (a room without pet dander, fans, etc). Open the shutter without the lens attatched, point the camera down, and use a bulb blower to remove the dust. I typically leave the shutter open about 5 seconds, blowing liberally. This usually does the trick. I'll repeat with faster shutter speeds (3-4 seconds) if needed.

NEVER use compressed air or your own air. Bad news!!
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys, I tryed out what Matt sugguested (simply because all I have on hand right now is blub blower) and it seems to have worked judging by test shots. I geuss I just to have to wait till this weekend to see if it really did the trick.
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:37 AM   #6
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check out this link:

http://copperhillimages.com/index.php?pr=products


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Old 11-29-2006, 04:36 AM   #7
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i think its called the green clean system? I picked it up, uses compressed air and a valve to creat a vacumme, has both wet and dry wipes. Made a huge difference. Couldn't not believe how much dust i had.
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:07 AM   #8
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Using compressed air out of a pressure pack can spell the end of your sensor.
See http://www.luminous-landscape.com/es...cleaning.shtml
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:22 AM   #9
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this the kit i used.
http://www.green-cleanusa.com/DSLR-sensor-cleaning-pro.html
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