lens/camera cleaning

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by me, Jan 31, 2009.

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    me Guest

    Am new into the world of DSLR, and want to make sure its all cleaned

    Can anyone recommend any kits/products for keeping the lenses and sensor
    free...I have heard someone mentioned air blowers?


    Thanks in advance
    me, Jan 31, 2009
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    John Guest

    John, Jan 31, 2009
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  3. I tend to use hoods and filters on all my lenses to keep off water, dirt,
    and grime only taking them off when flare may be a problem. It is better
    also to clean a filter than a lens because it is cheaper to replace etc. I
    use the small tissues and fluid supplied by companies such as Jessops or any
    camera retailer. For dry dust a large 'puffer' brush is usually adequate.
    I mainly use this without the brush and just squeeze it hard to blow air
    over the filter and on the rare occasion that I need to blow dust from the
    camera sensor (with camera turned face down). Be very careful when cleaning
    a camera sensor though and only do it when dust is affecting the image.
    Read your camera manual thoroughly on this.

    Roger Blackwell, Feb 1, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    You've obviously never owned a DSLR, or if you do, you have never
    changed lenses, or you cannot spot the effects in images of dust on the

    Either way, you are talking absolute rubbish.
    Bruce, Feb 1, 2009
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    John Guest

    Bruce - you are right - I have not owned a DSLR. However I had read the very
    detailed article some time ago and remembered enough to offer up a warning
    in case the original poster was about to probe around with a cotton bud.

    I stand by my comment to "avoid the need" by taking care where you change
    your lens and keeping the body and lenses clean to prevent dust falling in.

    I also know that many DSLRs have a cleaning process which should reduce the
    need for cleaning to some extent.

    If my early (Saturday) response prevented the OP doing some damage then I am
    very pleased. I am also glad that Alan Smithee came along with good advice
    and the link the definitive cleaning site. Now - what good advice did you
    John, Feb 1, 2009
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    Dave Guest

    John, it is a pity you reply in such a good mood
    and so well mannered to in idiot like bruce.
    You should have ignored the twit.
    Dave, Feb 1, 2009
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    me Guest

    Sorry, i should have posted make and model I guess

    Canon EOS 450D, it does have the "sensor cleaning" function automatically,
    does that mean i dont have to worry about the guts of the camera.

    As for lenses, I have got a UV filter on both my lenses to protect them, and
    caps/covers are always placed on when not in use.

    Thanks for all the replies btw..really appreciated!
    me, Feb 1, 2009
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    AnthonyL Guest

    Check the manual. The 450D has facilities to map any dust on the
    sensor for subsequent cleaning in DPP.
    AnthonyL, Feb 2, 2009
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    me Guest

    Sorry, you lost me on the DPP
    me, Feb 2, 2009
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    AnthonyL Guest

    The Digital Photo Professional software that came with your Canon.
    AnthonyL, Feb 3, 2009
  11. Of course any big lumps of dust have to be removed manually and whilst
    sensor cleaning works up to a point there may come a time when you need a
    little air to clean the sensor. I did this for friend who also had 'sensor
    cleaning' but you have to do it carefully. I have also cleaned my own
    camera sensor this way but fortunately I've only had to do it once in 5


    Roger Blackwell, Feb 3, 2009
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    me Guest

    Thanks for that!
    me, Feb 5, 2009
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    me Guest

    The 450D has this feature too....I just didn't know if I needed to support
    that in any way.
    me, Feb 11, 2009
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