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Old Aug 7, 2002, 8:53 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning the D 60's CMOS Imaging Element

The manual explains the steps for the process and then adds the caveat that they strongly recommend cleaning be done by "Canon service representatives" since the imaging element is so sensative.

After only 5 days of use, when I look through the view finder, there's a speck of dust(?)centrally. I've carefully cleaned the lens, so it must be on the CMOS, right?

How many of you clean it yourself, and how often does it seem to gather dust specks?
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Old Aug 8, 2002, 5:45 AM   #2
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If you are looking though the view finder. Then no it's not on the CCD. Most likely on the mirror.
Dust on the CCD will only show up on the photos and maybe the LCD display on the back of the camera.
You should be able to clean that yourself. with an puffer type camera cleaner.
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Old Aug 8, 2002, 9:51 PM   #3
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Default Thanks for the tip, it worked.

Thanks for the info. A brushless blower puff of air on the mirror was all it needed.
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Old Sep 12, 2002, 6:27 PM   #4
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If you want to check for dust on the sensor (actually on the antialias filter in front of the sensor) shoot some clear sky at F22 or narrower. It will show up as out of focus round spots with a darker center.

Until the dust shows up at the apertures you usually use, don't worry about it.

On the other hand, there are some techniques and products D60 users have been using that work fine, and the sensor/filter is not as delicate as Canon makes it out to be.

There iare quite a number of threads you can search on the Canon Digital SLR forum on:


It's scary the first time you try it, but with ordinary care it is safe. You're not going to want to send the camera off every time sensor dust shows up!

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