D800 sensor cleaning questions

Started Apr 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Phil Goble
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D800 sensor cleaning questions
Apr 13, 2012

I was lucky enough to get a Nikon D800 a couple of weeks ago and have taken around 250 shots. I am checking everything out and getting familiar with the camera.  My last Nikon DSLR purchase was a D2x and the D800 seems pretty familiar. Live View and Video are certainly pluses for me.

I noticed a couple of spots on the sensor filter and assumed it was dust. My sensor brush, which was pretty much all I needed for the D2x, smeared oil all over the sensor when I attempted to clean it. I decided to have Authorized Photo Service in Morton Grove, Illinois clean it because my Eclipse was old, I didn’t have the right sized sensor swabs and I was getting ready to go on a photo trip this weekend and wanted to be sure there weren’t any problems. They did a good job, but I’ve got another oil spot already. I can easily fix the spot in Lightroom or Photoshop, but there is the possibility for more of the oil to build up during my two weeks of shooting.

I will be travelling to San Francisco and will buy some sensor swabs there. I could also buy Eclipse, but I’m not sure you can put that in your checked bags. I’ve got some questions for everyone.
1.       How do the premoistened swabs work?

2.       I would think I could bring any unused premoistened swabs back with me on the plane without problem. Is there any evidence otherwise?

3.       If I decided to have someone in San Francisco clean the sensor, is Calumet photo a good choice there?  Any other options that can do a good job while I wait or taking little time to do the job?

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