How long does it take you to clean your sensor?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by hyperoglyphe, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. hyperoglyphe

    hyperoglyphe Guest

    This has taken me 10 days so far. Thinking I'm doing the right thing
    getting experts to do the job, I took my Canon 20D to the local Canon
    Australia service centre a couple of hundred yards down the road from where
    I work.

    At day 8 I phoned for a progress report and was told it might be longer than
    2 weeks. When I said "that's a real slow squeeze on a blower brush", I
    realised I was dealing with the sarcasm impaired.

    I was told the technicians might be busy.

    What a joke. It's not that sensor cleaning is not a profitable operation
    for Canon Australia seeing the AUD$250 (US$190) estimate to clean some crap
    off a sensor they probably put there in the first place during another in a
    long line of warranty 'repairs'.

    Where am I going wrong?

    Dave
     
    hyperoglyphe, Sep 2, 2005
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    skroob Guest

    20 minutes if i do it myself with SensorSwab & Eclipse.

    2 hours (including drive time both ways) to take it to the Nikon Service
    Center on Long Island, NY.
     
    skroob, Sep 2, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    I can't say there isn't some risk to cleaning your sensor, but I think it's
    a skill you should attempt and learn if you are going to own a digital SLR.
    There are instructions all over the Net, and the materials are not that
    expensive. Just keep reading the instructions and looking at the photos of
    how it's done. If you do this long enough you'll probably have enough
    confidence to give it a try.
     
    Sheldon, Sep 2, 2005
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    [BnH] Guest

    Are you in Sydney ?

    Try Whilton @ Hyde Park.
    If you use Nikon, Peter @ Poraday , Bondi can do it for you on the spot
    [provided its a bright sunny day] for 30 mins the most or 2 working days the
    most.

    =bob=
     
    [BnH], Sep 2, 2005
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    hyperoglyphe Guest

    I'm in WA. I've been reading the "Copperhill" pages on pbase, so will
    probably follow the sensor swipe/pec pad path. Their Oz distributor is
    Quality Camera sales Aust.

    The sensor swabs also look good especially if dust contamination is likely
    when wrapping the Copperhill sensor swipes with pec pads.

    I knew there had to be some excuse for buildng a laminar cabinet. Overkill
    maybe? Why not!

    Dave
     
    hyperoglyphe, Sep 2, 2005
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    Andy Dee Guest

    Can someone please explain what Eclipse fluid, or pec pads are ?
    Never heard of either.
    A
     
    Andy Dee, Sep 2, 2005
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    hyperoglyphe Guest

    hyperoglyphe, Sep 2, 2005
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    lars Guest

    About 3 minutes. A brush will do the job 95% of the time, with
    PecPads/Eclipse handling the rare case where you've got a smear or
    something sticky on there. Got the brushes on ebay for about 15 bucks a
    pair (ebay search on 'cleanskies brush').

    Lars
     
    lars, Sep 4, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    ~1 second and is cleaned everytime I turn on the camera.
     
    Stacey, Sep 4, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    E-300 and yes it really works. I've yet to hear anyone with an E1 or E300
    complain about sensor dust.
     
    Stacey, Sep 5, 2005
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    lars Guest

    I and many others have cleaned our sensor filters dozens of times with
    brushes without any damage to the filter. No way a soft nylon brush is
    going to harm a glass filter. You just need to barely brush the surface,
    as the static attraction pulls the dust off the glass. I never 'scrub'
    with the brush - PecPads (wrapped around a homemade/cutdown spatula) and
    Eclipse suffice for that sort of operation.

    Lars
     
    lars, Sep 6, 2005
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