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Sensor Cleaning experience on 1D X - Sharing results
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:27:36 AM »
Hi! I have posted before that my 1D X came from factory really dirty and I didn't really wanted to send it to CPS since my experience with their cleanings is disastrous.

So I tested first the camera cleaning, NOTHING....  absolutely no difference at all.... nada... wondered what is that Canon bragged so much about it... 
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2012, 10:28:21 AM »
here is before cleaning.....
1D X - 5D MKIII - 7D - 24 f1.4L - 8-15 L - 50 1.2L - 85 1.2L - 15 2.8 - 16-35 2.8L - 24-105 4.0L - 70-200 2.8 LII - 24 TSE - 45 TSE - 90 TSE - MPE 65 - 180 f3.5L - 100 2.8L II - 580EX and a few Einsteins.

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2012, 10:30:37 AM »
so then I tested the Dust Aid Platinum wand....  very cheap... but still some dust that was adhered to the sensor and seems that the silicone on the wand was not strong enough to get it off....  but a huge change for a dry system. A blower didn't move, clean or remove this dust....
1D X - 5D MKIII - 7D - 24 f1.4L - 8-15 L - 50 1.2L - 85 1.2L - 15 2.8 - 16-35 2.8L - 24-105 4.0L - 70-200 2.8 LII - 24 TSE - 45 TSE - 90 TSE - MPE 65 - 180 f3.5L - 100 2.8L II - 580EX and a few Einsteins.

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2012, 10:33:24 AM »
so then I tried the Sensor Swab with Eclipse.... which sort of removed it... but I always have an issue with the Eclipse and Sensor Swabs...  always leave behind traces of the fluid and the Sensor Swab always leaves dust behind, seems to be a magnet for dust.
1D X - 5D MKIII - 7D - 24 f1.4L - 8-15 L - 50 1.2L - 85 1.2L - 15 2.8 - 16-35 2.8L - 24-105 4.0L - 70-200 2.8 LII - 24 TSE - 45 TSE - 90 TSE - MPE 65 - 180 f3.5L - 100 2.8L II - 580EX and a few Einsteins.

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2012, 10:35:42 AM »
then I used Dust Aid Swab with their dust free cloth... and their fluid. Which to my surprise leave no trace at all.. so pretty happy with results of this very cheap solution.
1D X - 5D MKIII - 7D - 24 f1.4L - 8-15 L - 50 1.2L - 85 1.2L - 15 2.8 - 16-35 2.8L - 24-105 4.0L - 70-200 2.8 LII - 24 TSE - 45 TSE - 90 TSE - MPE 65 - 180 f3.5L - 100 2.8L II - 580EX and a few Einsteins.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2012, 11:14:02 AM »
Very nice write up.  You have convinced me to give these products a go.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2012, 11:27:32 AM »
Very nice write up.  You have convinced me to give these products a go.

I know what kind of nightmare is, so if I can help... I'm happy.
1D X - 5D MKIII - 7D - 24 f1.4L - 8-15 L - 50 1.2L - 85 1.2L - 15 2.8 - 16-35 2.8L - 24-105 4.0L - 70-200 2.8 LII - 24 TSE - 45 TSE - 90 TSE - MPE 65 - 180 f3.5L - 100 2.8L II - 580EX and a few Einsteins.

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2012, 11:27:32 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2012, 11:56:54 AM »
Yes thanks so much for sharing your research.  Have tried cleaning the sensor with a Lens Pen?
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2012, 12:05:20 PM »
Yes thanks so much for sharing your research.  Have tried cleaning the sensor with a Lens Pen?

No because its nature is a bit abrasive.. so I would not dare, although they have one very small called Micro, that is supposed to be for that, but once I got it, and saw its finishing, I didn't wanted to even try.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2012, 12:12:59 PM »
Never use a regular LensPen. They have a SensorKlear for sensors, although I've not used one.

I use an Arctic Butterfly 724 Super Bright, and that took care of the 1D X sensor dust that came free of charge from Canon.
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2012, 12:19:15 PM »
Never use a regular LensPen. They have a SensorKlear for sensors, although I've not used one.

I use an Arctic Butterfly 724 Super Bright, and that took care of the 1D X sensor dust that came free of charge from Canon.


That's the lens pen I have. But looks very cheap and dangerous to use on a sensor. This dust was very stubborn. I think some moisture from going in and out of a place with strong AC made it to stick to the sensor. There is a huge difference in money between the Butterfly and the Dist Aid thingy...  Although I'll get one soon too. Want to check it :-)
1D X - 5D MKIII - 7D - 24 f1.4L - 8-15 L - 50 1.2L - 85 1.2L - 15 2.8 - 16-35 2.8L - 24-105 4.0L - 70-200 2.8 LII - 24 TSE - 45 TSE - 90 TSE - MPE 65 - 180 f3.5L - 100 2.8L II - 580EX and a few Einsteins.

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2012, 12:22:17 PM »
There is a skill to cleaning sensors, particularly wet cleaning.  I've learned to use very little eclipse on the swabs, and It always takes about 5 swabs to do a good job. 
 
Eclipse is merely super clean acohol and does not leave sticky residue.  However, a poor cleaning will smear any oil or lube that is on the sensor or picked up by touching the mirror box with the swab all over the sensor and make it worse.
Unfortunately, cameras sometimes have too much lube in the mirror hinge, and it leaks onto the sensor and makes it difficult to clean.  If that is happening, send it to canon or it will splash lube on the sensor over and over.  Dust sticks to the lube.

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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2012, 12:33:16 PM »
I am very happy with the Arctic Butterfly 724 Super Bright and the Visible Dust liquids.

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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2012, 12:35:36 PM »
There is a skill to cleaning sensors, particularly wet cleaning.  I've learned to use very little eclipse on the swabs, and It always takes about 5 swabs to do a good job. 
 
Eclipse is merely super clean acohol and does not leave sticky residue.  However, a poor cleaning will smear any oil or lube that is on the sensor or picked up by touching the mirror box with the swab all over the sensor and make it worse.
Unfortunately, cameras sometimes have too much lube in the mirror hinge, and it leaks onto the sensor and makes it difficult to clean.  If that is happening, send it to canon or it will splash lube on the sensor over and over.  Dust sticks to the lube.

Wasn't lube. I found the cloth from Dust Aid better than Sensor Swab material. Had ver bad experiences with cleanings from Canon. Twice came back worst than it went.

I've seen the condensation from wet hot days to be a killer for sensors. Makes them sticky to dust. Eclipse seems to be stronger than Dust Aid liquid, but personally never was able to clean with it and don't leave trace. Dust Aid liquid was easier to use and their cloth left no particles behind when Swabs material in my experience always leave some fine dust behind. Like particles of the fibre. Hate cleaning no matter what. :-)
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2012, 12:36:24 PM »
I just send mine to Canon and they do it for free.  The only downside is that you have to pay for insurance to ship it, which for a 1DX is going to be what, $100 or so?  Wow.
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