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DIY sensor cleaning - what to buy.

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kdsand:
I lucked out for over a year but now my camera needs needs internal cleaning.
•What would be basic supplies to get me by?
•What should I consider if I can spend more?
•What else am I forgetting?  ;D


kdsand:
I'll add in my particular case it seems my mirror is the specific culprit with 4 or 5 specks though I need to be prepared for future sensor cleaning anyhow.

The local shop wants $120 usd and a week + to do the cleaning. Ouch!

bdunbar79:
If you only have had your camera for a year, Canon will do it for free.  My 1Ds Mark III just went in 2 weeks ago, still for free, for a sensor cleaning.  Doing it yourself with a puffer usually doesn't work very well.

DJL329:
I recently had my 5D2 serviced by Canon.  They cleaned the sensor, the focusing screen (I didn't even ask) and installed the latest firmware in just an hour for less than $35, so $120 for a week seems excessive.  Who knows, perhaps they're shipping it to Canon to have it done!  I don't know what it costs to have it shipped, as I work just a few miles from their Jamesburg, NJ facility.

A freshly cleaned sensor.   ;D

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43086792@N03/7522419392/#

Jamesy:

--- Quote from: bdunbar79 on July 26, 2012, 01:44:34 PM ---If you only have had your camera for a year, Canon will do it for free.  My 1Ds Mark III just went in 2 weeks ago, still for free, for a sensor cleaning.  Doing it yourself with a puffer usually doesn't work very well.

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I am sending mine in to have the light leak issue fixed on my 5D3 - it is only four months old - are you saying I could ask for a free sensor cleaning too?

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