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Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:52:26 PM »
... sorry to repeat something like this, but looking for a way to clean a sensor is hindered by the fact that there are so much offers and recipes for it ... and since there obviously are some guys around here who know their stuff, please give me a hint:

My 60d has spots on its sensor which show up when using f8+ and are not removable by sensor cleaning through the firmware. What way to you recommend to remove them other than giving it to Canon, paying lots of €€€ and having no access to it for some time?

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Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2012, 02:35:21 PM »
Use this :
http://www.visibledust.com/

Or even better yet, join Canon CPS.  Send camera in for a free sensor cleaning when you receive your free clean and check coupons! Your sensor will be like new, and you don't have to worry about messing up the cleaning and turning your camera into an expensive paper weight! :)

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2012, 02:36:36 PM »
Use this :
http://www.visibledust.com/


+1.  I use an Arctic Butterfly 724 Super Bright.
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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012, 02:44:01 PM »
+1.  I use an Arctic Butterfly 724 Super Bright.

Thanks for you help - so the price tag for sensor self-service really is 100$+, right?

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2012, 02:49:25 PM »
+1.  I use an Arctic Butterfly 724 Super Bright.

Thanks for you help - so the price tag for sensor self-service really is 100$+, right?

There are less expensive options, as well.  I've heard good things about Visible Dusts' sensor swabs, too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012, 11:50:18 PM »
Its almost worth getting the CPS membership and letting them do it for you...

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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 03:47:33 AM »
Its almost worth getting the CPS membership and letting them do it for you...

Ok, now you've got me hooked: How long does it take to get a body cleaned by CPS? I'm asking you about the average time because from my recent experience with the local Canon service, I don't really trust their predictions...

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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2012, 05:09:33 AM »
Ok, now you've got me hooked: How long does it take to get a body cleaned by CPS? I'm asking you about the average time because from my recent experience with the local Canon service, I don't really trust their predictions...

If you go with CPS GOLD,  its GUARANTEED to be fixed within 3 days of them receiving it, if its a larger problem and they expect the repair to take more than 3 days then they will overnight you a loaner to use free of charge while yours is in the shop.  Everything ive ever sent to CPS has been back in my hands that same week.  Case in point.  I just sent my 16-35 into CPS as the zoom right rubber fell off.  I overnighted it to them, as I am on location here in Hawaii and I needed it back ASAP.  Canon received it at 10:30 am and shipped it back to me overnight the same afternoon. Total down time, 2 days from me shipping to having it back in my hands. FROM HAWAII!  This has been my experience with ALL canon CPS fixes.  Plus, with the gold membership you get 3 free clean and check coupons so you can send your camera in for a sensor clean FREE, or any other lens or whatever you need cleaned and checked. They always return items to you overnight at their expense.  Ive had them clean and re-calibrate dozens of lenses, fix speedlites that fell from ridiculously tall heights and exploded on impact. Last year my 5D2 quit after a terrible ice cold rain storm that I was in for 2hrs. (It could not have been any more soaked if ran it under the faucet!) Buttons stopped working.  They replaced the LCD, back panel, all buttons, wheels, ect ect, and I had that back in the 3 day limit.  My camera was like BRAND NEW when I got it back, not a scratch or ding on that 3 year old beat to hell camera body.  Total cost of that fix was only $150.  My camera's resale value went up by more than that just cosmetically.  Ok, did I mention that they also have a loaner program?  Want to try out a 5D3 before purchase? no problem.  Send them an email and they will mail you a 5D3 to use for two weeks as a trial, FOR FREE!  Want to try out that $14,000 400mm lens for your brothers soccer game?  FREE for 2 weeks.  Plus you get a totally awesome CPS camera strap for registering, a EOS book, extra body and lens caps, ect ect.  So basically, the $150/yr or whatever it is, is already paid for with the 2 free clean and check coupons.  Canon, if you are reading this, feel free to hire me as a promoter for CPS... I guess I have nothing but good things to say.  Ive been with them now for almost 10 years.  I can't imagine not having this service.  Oh, did I mention 24hr US based tech service for your equipment?  YUP.  call em at 3am with camera question, they will answer in seconds, and you will actually be talking to someone who knows whats up! Virtually zero hold time no matter when you call. 

Ok, so I am sure that I will think of more good things to say as soon as I press "Post" HA!  If anyone else wants to share their CPS experience, I have a hunch it will be the same story...  Now, go join!

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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012, 05:29:37 AM »
If you go with CPS GOLD
... this reminds me of the time when I was a programmer for a Microsoft "certified gold partner" company - excellent support/service that makes you use even the crappiest Microsoft technology because it's free or you'll need it to keep qualifying.

I'd only qualify for silver - thus if anyone has experiences with this level, too, feel free to comment... it's five working days repair turnaround time for repair w/o free backup loan service for this, no information on free cleaning coupons on the European cps site.


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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012, 07:30:06 AM »
I found this very informative...

http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com

Basically their hierarchy is:

#1. Inspect - aka Visible Dust Sensor Loupe 7X
#2. Then if needed...Blow - aka Rocket Blower
#3. Then if needed...Brush - aka Visible Dust Sensor Brush
#4. Then if needed...Swab - aka Photographic Solutions Sensor Swab (APS-C is #2)

I had three chunks of crud on my sensor when I looked at it through the loupe.  Blowing got rid of two.  The third came off with the brush.  Haven't had to swab yet...

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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2012, 07:32:49 AM »
I use primes mostly, so lens changes are frequent and my sensor gets dirty very quickly. So, I clean it a fair bit. Up until now I mostly use Arctic Butterfly brushes. When the dust gets sticky, I use Dust Aid cleaners, but rarely. The combination seems to be very effective. The thing is, don't be frightened to clean your own sensor. If you clean regularly you will get used to it, and save a good deal of time in PP.
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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2012, 08:29:14 AM »
Personally I use a blower as a first step. If that doesn't work well enough, I go to sensor swabs + eclipse solution.

I don't see the point of using a loupe to inspect for dust. Just DoF preview a small aperture in live view and you can see what you're dealing with.
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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2012, 08:48:16 AM »
Use this :
http://www.visibledust.com/

Or even better yet, join Canon CPS.  Send camera in for a free sensor cleaning when you receive your free clean and check coupons! Your sensor will be like new, and you don't have to worry about messing up the cleaning and turning your camera into an expensive paper weight! :)


but did canon accept the 60D for CPS? I´ve wanted to register my 7D + 27-70 2,8
and my flash and cps said i´ve not the permission to enter cps?

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Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2012, 08:54:45 AM »
It stinks but sensor dust is part of the game with a DSLR.  Learn to clean yourself, or you will suffer long and hard. 

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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2012, 09:08:40 AM »
I did some cleaning myself using the Sensor Swab on my old 400D which worked really good.
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