Scotch Tape to clean sensor

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normsmith Veteran Member • Posts: 3,372
Scotch Tape to clean sensor

Is anyone doing this?

I have done a google search and was surprised not to find a real testimonial of any worth.

There were plenty of doubters saying 'I wouldn't do that'

but no-one saying, 'I did it and the results were good / bad'

Dave Bryant Regular Member • Posts: 450
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

Put scotch tape adhesive on my sensor? No way!
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OP normsmith Veteran Member • Posts: 3,372
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

I used to do it on my old D50, it was effective at removing dust but at that time, I was not aware of the theory that residue may have been left on the sensor - though it did not appear to cause any problems.

Now that I am more aware of such things, before I resume with the tape method, I would like to hear from someone who has actually done this and who is actually aware of whether or not the tape left a residue on their sensor.

sharkync Senior Member • Posts: 1,133
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

Think about what you're saying. People get freaked out with a hot pixel out of 10 million and you are considering putting a pence worth of adhesive on an AA filter in hopes that none of the tape residue remains to remove a mite of dust. Are you sure you want a DSLR?
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FourBeer Contributing Member • Posts: 622
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

normsmith wrote:

Is anyone doing this?

I have done a google search and was surprised not to find a real
testimonial of any worth.

There were plenty of doubters saying 'I wouldn't do that'

but no-one saying, 'I did it and the results were good / bad'

Probably a good reason not to do it. I am sure you can find someone who did it and had no problems. Just because you can find someone who poked a stick in their eye and did not go blind, doesn't mean it is a good idea.

David Lal Forum Pro • Posts: 11,074
Search the forum!

You should do a forum search. This topic has been extensively discussed here in the past, for example:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=13377653&q=scotch+tape&qf=m

David

normsmith wrote:

I have done a google search and was surprised not to find a real
testimonial of any worth.

AcuraCL Senior Member • Posts: 1,503
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

I'd think masking tape would be less risky, as the adhesive isn't quite as sticky.

OP normsmith Veteran Member • Posts: 3,372
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

Sharkync said

Think about what you're saying. People get freaked out with a hot pixel out of 10 million and you are considering putting a pence worth of adhesive on an AA filter in hopes that none of the tape residue remains to remove a mite of dust. Are you sure you want a DSLR?

It could be worse, I could be one of those people who have a single lens for everything, just to avoid getting dust.!!! My DSLR is a tool, its pretty tough, I think the sensor (which is behind a screen) is more robust than is given credit.

I note that there is a new product called Dust Aid, which effectively is a low tac pad that lifts the rubbish off the sensor - though it will not deal with the welded stuff like pollen etc.

If residue from tape is an issue, then I have to go down the commercial route, but if this is a problem that has a low tech solution, that I am happy to do that.

OP normsmith Veteran Member • Posts: 3,372
Re: Search the forum!

Thanks, the search facility has been down - but it is up now and I have found this

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=18865119

this was the tape that I used on my D50

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Supr X Veteran Member • Posts: 4,956
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

. . . use duct tape, it's bigger . . .


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jenglish Contributing Member • Posts: 662
I'm amazed....

that this crappy technique is still floating around. Rule #1 and there is only 1 rule...Never touch the sensor with adhesive. End of discussion.
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D Lynch Veteran Member • Posts: 4,206
Re: I'm amazed....

I worked for 3M for 15 years in a factory that made tape and sandpaper, though I was not involved directly in either process.

I would be concerned about 2 things.

  • static electricity was an issue with magic mending tape (transparent tape)

  • adhesive transfer

They've probably changed the formulation of tape since then. But I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

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GPSMapNut Senior Member • Posts: 1,986
Yup and with good results

I've been using this method for a long time now and have no problems.
Over 2 years ago I posted this:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=14892538

Since, I figured out that the filter on the sensor is much tougher than coatings on lenses so, for convenience I mostly use canned air or blower and Sensor Clear from LENSPEN and tape only for rare, stubborn specs because I still refuse to drag anything over such.

Having said that, I don't recommend for you nor anybody else to do what I do.
For all worried, I suggest to read and follow the camera manual.

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Arrowman Senior Member • Posts: 1,727
Are you completely mad ?!

normsmith wrote:

It could be worse, I could be one of those people who have a single
lens for everything, just to avoid getting dust.!!!

Well, that would be overly cautious. You are going in the opposite direction.

My DSLR is a
tool, its pretty tough,

Which means you don't mind if the body gets a few dents and scratches.

A "tool"? Sure, OK. An electric drill is a tool, too, and most tradespeople don't mind if their drill gets a bit of paint and a few scratches on the body.

What you're saying is the equivalent of "well, my electric drill is a tool, it's pretty tough - I don't care if the bit is blunted by an inferior sharpening technique."

I think the sensor (which is behind a screen)
is more robust than is given credit.

No, you would LIKE TO THINK it's more robust than people think. Personally, I prefer to follow the advice of the experts rather than make up "oh, it doesn't matter" ideas for the sake of saving a few $.

I note that there is a new product called Dust Aid, which effectively
is a low tac pad that lifts the rubbish off the sensor - though it
will not deal with the welded stuff like pollen etc.

If residue from tape is an issue, then I have to go down the
commercial route, but if this is a problem that has a low tech
solution, that I am happy to do that.'

Where I live, a roll of 3M Magic tape costs about $5 or a little more. There are cheaper alternatives, but let's stick with the major brand - we wouldn't want to use cheap tape on our sensor, would we?!

A Rocket Blower is about $20. A Giotto cleaning kit costs about $30.

The Dust Aid costs about $30.

So you're willing to risk your camera's sensor (and a significant repair bill) for the sake of $15-$25 (Australian).

Go for it

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genece Forum Pro • Posts: 15,438
Well you got your recomendation.....

now off to Wally world to get yourself some tape.
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AlvinL Senior Member • Posts: 1,231
Re: Well you got your recomendation.....

I did it once with my D50. It got all of the dust particles but did leave some residue. It took an additional 1 hour and a half to remove those residues. Try the copperhill method instead.
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JeffryZ Senior Member • Posts: 2,424
Re: Well you got your recomendation.....

Aerosols are not necessarily a good idea either. They often contain propellants (unless they are merely compressed air) which can stick to your sensor.
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bradvr Regular Member • Posts: 243
Re: I'm amazed....

D Lynch wrote:

I would be concerned about 2 things.

  • static electricity was an issue with magic mending tape

(transparent tape)

DaveL

Ahhhhh finally somone that understands the worst problem with Transparent Scotch tape since the adhesive doesn't appear to be a major problem short-term. Beat me to it but in the name of good practice I don't mind being beat to the punch. That stuff is just so static prone it is ridiculous. Anybody trying this methodology is lucky if their camera works afterward.

Would you intentionally stick a wire with approx. 500 volts on it into your camera? Well that is likely a typical minimum static charge on a piece of Scotch tape pulled from the roll. Proof, how about how it is always attracted to itself and how it either is attracted to or away from your fingers.
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tom1468 Senior Member • Posts: 1,537
anyone who would do this

surely if you can afford the camera you can afford to clean it properly
tape might leave something behind from the Glue

I would think that anyone who would be willing to try this, might also be willing to try this.......... http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1018&message=24221961
Also not a very good idea
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garyking Veteran Member • Posts: 4,083
Re: Scotch Tape to clean sensor

You are either discovering that it is a very bad idea and no one does it;
OR

that you are on the cutting edge about to find a new solution no one has thought of.
I know which option I would choose if I were you.
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