Who here got rid of all dust on their sensor with wet cleaning?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
kmdmd1
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In reply to MTT, Apr 14, 2013

MTT wrote:

So what size wand do you prefer for cleaning a FF sensor? One for the V1 series?

Mark

It has been an education for me with sensor cleaning which started with lubricant on the sensor. First got the sensor loupe and rocket blower and tried all the visible dust solvents and swabs to no avail. Then went to eclipse with sensor swabs. It took a box of swabs and almost got it clean. Then purchased the Copper Hill products and got several different sized sensor wands including the small one for the V1 series and the various sized pec pads. The owner was incredibly helpful on the phone. I found the sensor wand and pec pads and eclipse to be easy and effective. Using a smaller sized wand helped avoid hitting the sides and made it easier getting into the corners and targeting the heavily coated areas of the oil laden sensor. Since that first painful introduction into sensor cleaning I have easily been using the copper hill products which I highly recommend. I want to thank other forum posters (I believe one was Robin Cassidy) who introduced me to copper hill and who helped guide me through the process.

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Funny to see this question right now as I just sat down from cleaning my D800 so the timing is great. Somehow in the pat 6 weeks since I last cleaned, I got another oil spot and a few dust or pollen specks on the sensor. Tonight, I used the 14 mm wand for the first 2 passes, each time with a new pec pad. I chose the smaller wand as it was easier for me to focus on the oil spot which is harder to remove. I then did a final pass with the 18 mm to get rid of any remaining dust and a few lint particles from the first 2 passes.

I use the 8 mm wand for the Nikon 1 V1. This small wand also is good for getting into corners on the FF sensor.

The wands and a set of pec pads for each were relatively inexpensive and it has been well worth the cost for the ease and success with which I have been able to do my own sensor cleaning.

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