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

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Who here got rid of all dust on their sensor with wet cleaning?
Apr 12, 2013

After 4000 shots I have decided to do the wet cleaning by myself. I bought a Eclipse ans Swabs tipe 3.

After the first cleaning, I realized it removed most of the dust but a considerable amount still was accumulated at the ends of the sensor as if had swept the dust to there.

In the end, even after used 3 swabs I still have some spots in my sensor.

Who here got rid of 100% of dust on their sensor with wet cleaning and how?

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The expensive sensor swabs aren't very good, and they tend to make you quit cleaning before the job is done. I strongly suggest you visit the Copperhill sensor cleaning site. I use Pec Pads wrapped around a spatula to create custom swabs. This has a couple of big advantages; the swabs are cheap and that encourages cleaning until the job is done, and the cleaning surface is better supported along a firm, straight edge. A wrapped spatula is better at cleaning to the edges.

I also mix other cleaning methods as appropriate. The tacky Dust Aid sensor pads work well with non-sticky dust and there's no concern for leaving streaks or pushing dirt to the edges of the sensor. Spec Grabbers are useful too, especially for picking up a single stubborn dust mote. But you need to clean the Spec Grabber after each time you touch it to the sensor.

Sometimes I've had to run through seven or eight cleaning passes to do a perfect cleaning job. It's  worth the effort and you will get better results with practice.

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I've used the Eclipse system but have gotten better results using Copper Hill.

Also, always do a physical dust removal using a bulb air puffer (gently) before starting the wet cleaning. I additionally use a VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly before the wet cleaning.

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After 4000 shots I have decided to do the wet cleaning by myself. I bought a Eclipse ans Swabs tipe 3.

After the first cleaning, I realized it removed most of the dust but a considerable amount still was accumulated at the ends of the sensor as if had swept the dust to there.

In the end, even after used 3 swabs I still have some spots in my sensor.

Who here got rid of 100% of dust on their sensor with wet cleaning and how?

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Every so often I set down and clean all my cameras, and my wife.  D80, D200, D300, D700, and soon-to-be-cleaned-the-first-time D800e.

I use Pec Pads, a plastic wand, a rubber band, Eclipse2 fluid, and patience.  I follow up with a Sensorpen.

For me, it's almost never a one-pass job.   First time took me 30 minutes and 7 pads.   I've got better with practice, so now often one or two wet cleans and a quick dab with the Sensorpen to finish.

I start with a Rocket Blower, giving a few puffs.   Then I check to see what's left and where.

I've got a sensor loupe with a light - worthless for seeing the dust specks that show up at F11, but handy to see how badly you've screwed up leaving cleaning streaks on the sensor.   But to check, you absolutely have to do a test shot and check the results.  Chimping the LCD at the right magnification works fine.

Once I decide to wet clean, I lay everything out in a clean, bright work area.  I make sure the batteries are fully charged.

I make a wet clean pass, then check it by taking a test shot.   I usually find the old spots gone after the first pass now (unless sticky pollen was on there), but I've managed to shove dust into a corner.

Additional wet passes usually remove a lot of dust, but move some around to another corner.  Eventually I got smart and bought a sensorpen.   It's got a small tip that I carefully use on dirty corners, and the job is then almost always done.   Saves a lot of aggravation.

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I bought the swabs, Eclipse fluid and Pec Pads when I bought the D600 a couple of months ago. It all sits on the shelf in my office, so far unused. The sensor has just a couple of tiny dust bunnies which where there from new.

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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

Every so often I set down and clean all my cameras, and my wife.  D80, D200, D300, D700, and soon-to-be-cleaned-the-first-time D800e.

I use Pec Pads, a plastic wand, a rubber band, Eclipse2 fluid, and patience.  I follow up with a Sensorpen.

For me, it's almost never a one-pass job.   First time took me 30 minutes and 7 pads.   I've got better with practice, so now often one or two wet cleans and a quick dab with the Sensorpen to finish.

I start with a Rocket Blower, giving a few puffs.   Then I check to see what's left and where.

I've got a sensor loupe with a light - worthless for seeing the dust specks that show up at F11, but handy to see how badly you've screwed up leaving cleaning streaks on the sensor.   But to check, you absolutely have to do a test shot and check the results.  Chimping the LCD at the right magnification works fine.

Once I decide to wet clean, I lay everything out in a clean, bright work area.  I make sure the batteries are fully charged.

I make a wet clean pass, then check it by taking a test shot.   I usually find the old spots gone after the first pass now (unless sticky pollen was on there), but I've managed to shove dust into a corner.

Additional wet passes usually remove a lot of dust, but move some around to another corner.  Eventually I got smart and bought a sensorpen.   It's got a small tip that I carefully use on dirty corners, and the job is then almost always done.   Saves a lot of aggravation.

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Is it worth buying?

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Had similar results using the wet system that you described.  I've had much better luck using SensoKlear dry pen.  Get a good lighted magnifier and sit near a window with good light and you'll be able to see the areas on the sensor that need to be cleaned.  Last step is to use a Rocket blower.

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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

Every so often I set down and clean all my cameras, and my wife.

How many Pecpads does it take to clean the wife?

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It's one with a small (less than 1/4 inch) triangular tip.   I'm not trying to swab the whole sensor with it, just get into the corners to clean out dust there.

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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

Every so often I set down and clean all my cameras, and my wife.

How many Pecpads does it take to clean the wife?

Hmm.   Maybe not so many as other guys.  My wife is only 4' 11".

For the life of me, I can't figure out how I wrote that!   I think I meant 'lenses' and my wife came in and started to talk while I was typing.

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In reply to wint, Apr 12, 2013

I used the same products the other day. 2 swaps + Eclipse. Don't make it too complicated with other brands and more equipment.

Rocket blower --> Camera sensor cleaning --> testshot --> swap --> rocket blower -- Camera sensor cleaning x 3

Repeat.

It's possible to check the testshot quite well on the LCD if you zoom in.

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I usually follow a wet cleaning with this method.

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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

steven2874 wrote:

PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

Every so often I set down and clean all my cameras, and my wife.

How many Pecpads does it take to clean the wife?

Hmm.   Maybe not so many as other guys.  My wife is only 4' 11".

For the life of me, I can't figure out how I wrote that!   I think I meant 'lenses' and my wife came in and started to talk while I was typing.

What a hilarious freudian slip!   Good thing she wasn't carrying a roll of bathroom tissue.

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..., and my wife.

I really was looking forward to hearing more about that.

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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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+ for Copperhill.  I tried Visible Dust swabs and solution and got streaks and it took 6-8 swabs to get my d7000 clean.  Very expensive.  Get a good lighted loupe because it's a pain remounting lens taking photos and looking at them...repeat.

After cleaning my d7k two or three times and my D4 twice, I can get it perfectly clean in 2 or three pec-pads.

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

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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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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

Every so often I set down and clean all my cameras, and my wife.  D80, D200, D300, D700, and soon-to-be-cleaned-the-first-time D800e.

I use Pec Pads, a plastic wand, a rubber band, Eclipse2 fluid, and patience.  I follow up with a Sensorpen.

For me, it's almost never a one-pass job.   First time took me 30 minutes and 7 pads.   I've got better with practice, so now often one or two wet cleans and a quick dab with the Sensorpen to finish.

I start with a Rocket Blower, giving a few puffs.   Then I check to see what's left and where.

I've got a sensor loupe with a light - worthless for seeing the dust specks that show up at F11, but handy to see how badly you've screwed up leaving cleaning streaks on the sensor.   But to check, you absolutely have to do a test shot and check the results.  Chimping the LCD at the right magnification works fine.

Once I decide to wet clean, I lay everything out in a clean, bright work area.  I make sure the batteries are fully charged.

I make a wet clean pass, then check it by taking a test shot.   I usually find the old spots gone after the first pass now (unless sticky pollen was on there), but I've managed to shove dust into a corner.

Additional wet passes usually remove a lot of dust, but move some around to another corner.  Eventually I got smart and bought a sensorpen.   It's got a small tip that I carefully use on dirty corners, and the job is then almost always done.   Saves a lot of aggravation.

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Excellent advice. I suggest you follow it - to the letter.

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