Image sensor cleaning swabs in Melbourne?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Lionel, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. Lionel

    Lionel Guest

    I urgently need to get some dust specs off my 10D image sensor. They
    just sat there & laughed at the puffer. I know that it's possible to buy
    special cleaning swabs that are safe to use on it. Does anyone know if
    the can be bought in Melbourne? And if so, where, & how much do they
    Failing that, how about a supplier elsewhere in Oz, who'll take a credit
    card over the phone or via their website?
    Lionel, Jan 19, 2004
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    Scott Coutts Guest

    Hi, the short answer is 'no', I dont know where you can find sensor
    swabs. But, if it's really urgent, then...

    If you have good eyes, and you can see the dust fleck on the sensor,
    then you can just push the dust off the sensor or pick the dust fleck up
    - Of course, you need something that you can do this with that will not
    damage the sensor. Here's what you can use that is always good for an
    emergency. It will only work it's a 'piece' of dust on your sensor, at
    least, one that you can see with the naked eye!

    Get a cotton bud and tease out a single hair from it. Then, you can
    usually push the dust fleck off the sensor using this hair. Sometimes it
    will be attracted back onto the sensor in a few weeks time.

    Otherwise, do the old-fashion electron microscopists trick - you need
    one of those round bamboo or birch tooth picks or thin skewers (pencil
    lead thickness), a candle and an eyelash (yup, just pluck it out!) Then,
    put a drop of wax on the end of the stick, attach the eyelash to the
    stick and there you have it. A very, very fine tipped tool for pushing
    the dust off the sensor. Often you can pick up the dust fleck using this

    I can see lots of peopel grimacing now as they read this, but it works.
    You can't put enough pressure on the lash or the cotton thread to do any
    damage and neither of them will leave any new dust, debris or films on
    the sensor. Electron microscopists have been using the lash-on-a-stick
    method for years to push around 0.1 micron thick sections without
    damaging them! :)

    Scott Coutts, Jan 19, 2004
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  3. Lionel

    Lionel Guest

    Nifty! Great suggestion, Scott. I used to repair laptops for a living,
    so I don't find it all that frightening a prospect. The scariest thought
    is the camera powering down while I'm working on it, & slapping the
    mirror back while I'll still got something inside it.
    Lionel, Jan 19, 2004
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    Ian Wharton Guest
    The only place in Australia that sells Eclipse Fluid and the cleaing
    swaps....About $154 though!

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    Ian Wharton, Jan 19, 2004
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    Lionel Guest

    Bloody hell! - I think I'll try Scott's idea first!
    Lionel, Jan 19, 2004
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    Scott Coutts Guest

    Yeah, I'm not a fan of putting any cleaning fluid on the sensor,
    espeically if there's going to be some kind of swab in there too. But
    I'm just too afraid of the fuild leaving a residue. Even with residue
    free fluids (I use ultrapure ethanol at work for cleaning glass for
    optical use) as soon as you dip something into it, like a swab, it can
    dissolve 'stuff' out of the swab, then when it evaporates, that 'stuff'
    is nicely coated on there :) Tissues, kimwipes etc are full of 'stuff'
    like that! Then again, I guess the the swabs are made for the fluid so
    it'd be OK. I've never actually tried them.

    Scott Coutts, Jan 19, 2004
  7. Lionel

    Scott Coutts Guest

    It should be fine. You know about the sensor cleaning setting on the
    camera, don't you? That will tell you if it thinks there's not enough
    battery power and it wont let you do it. Do you have the BG-ED grip and
    extra battery? If so, use it while you're cleaning and it should work
    fine. Back in the good ol' days of the D30, you could just dig the AC
    power adapter out of the box and then you'd have no worries (except
    power failure, of course)!

    Scott Coutts, Jan 19, 2004
  8. Lionel

    Lionel Guest

    Yep. That's how I discovered that the dust was on the sensor, rather
    than in the lens I was using at the time.
    Yep. The paranoia is just because I've worked with electronics for so
    many years that I'm half expecting a power contact to jitter while the
    shitter is open, or something of that nature. Occupational hazard, Im
    afraid. ;)
    Lionel, Jan 19, 2004
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    puan Guest

    Just kicking around a thought . What about one of those products that
    zap the old lp records to remove static from the surface. Woiuld that
    help or cause more problems?
    eric phillips
    puan, Jan 19, 2004
  10. Lionel

    Scott Coutts Guest


    I'm assuming you meant 'shutter' here... otherwise, I'm wondering about
    the occupational hazard

    sorry that was terrible :)
    Scott Coutts, Jan 19, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    I think you'd cause less trouble cleaning the sensor with wet & dry.

    Rob, Jan 19, 2004
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    Jim Guest

    And I'd be worried about the dry bit that would scratch - you would just
    have to use the wet end?

    Jim, Jan 20, 2004
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    Lionel Guest

    ROTFL! That's what I get for posting to Usenet after I should be in
    Lionel, Jan 20, 2004
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