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Old May 27, 2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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I posted in another link that the sersor on my Sony is dirty. I tried some elementary sets to try and blow off the dust, but it's more than that and I just don't trust myself. Can anyone suggest a service that will handle this. My city doesnt have but one pro line store and they won't do it.
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Old May 28, 2012, 2:38 AM   #2
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Honestly, cleaning a sensor isn't a big deal. You have to really screw up in order to do any damage, like maybe drop a cresent wrench in there.

See http://www.copperhillimages.com/index.php?pr=tutorials
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Old May 28, 2012, 5:31 PM   #3
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G'day mate

Have to agree with TC ... & the copperhill kit works wonderfully for me too
The Copperhill instructions are great & it works okay -
My 1st sensor clean was pretty scary, I have done it 1/2 dozen times now to get the hang of it - made a mess once but cleaned it up very easy ... I would recommend you go down this path, you'll be okay too

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Old May 28, 2012, 8:44 PM   #4
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Well, I bought the copperhillimages Mega kit and the sensor looked worse after its use thn before. I like to think I'm a reasonably provident in such things but I will admit to being worried about messing up something that will cost hundreds to fix.
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G'day Outhouse

It's okay mate - learning curve stuff - it happened to me too
Too much cleaning liquid on the spatula & it left 'drops' on the sensor
Did it again - twice !! but it's as clean as a whistle now
For me in the motorhome, I have airborne dust all around me all the time > so I had to take extra precautions to not make it worse

Be patient & you'll get there
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Old May 29, 2012, 6:13 PM   #6
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Well, I'm going to give it another go and then if that doesn't work to my satisfaction, I found a local source, that is nationally known, that is going into sensor cleaning.
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G'day Outhouse

It's okay mate - learning curve stuff - it happened to me too
Too much cleaning liquid on the spatula & it left 'drops' on the sensor
Did it again - twice !! but it's as clean as a whistle now
For me in the motorhome, I have airborne dust all around me all the time > so I had to take extra precautions to not make it worse

Be patient & you'll get there
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That is exactly what happened to me! I didn't realize it until you mentioned it. After I cleaned it, I looked at it with my magnifying glass and it was like water stains. I only used 2 drops but possibly I didn't wait long enough.
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G'day mate

I have 2 SLRs - the Pentax and the Panny G2 > Since getting the G2, the Kx just lives in a box
Even tho each camera has lenses swapped regularly, the Kx seems to attract dust like nobody's business - a constant problem, dunno why

So when I got dust bunnies becoming evident on too many images, and the internal self-clean gizmo wouldn't shift the last one or two bits, it was down to other methods - enter Copperhill on other 'togs recommendations

The 1st sensor clean was bloody-frightening - by the 10th I just get on & do it

I have found that 2 drops of cleaner is too much > contrary to my eyesight of the cleaning patch & common sense!!

After swabbing I test by one of two methods
daytime - using iso-200, 1/60s x f22, +MF ... I point the camera skywards and take 2 or 3 shots, set the computer screen to 100% and look for dust bunnies
evening - using iso-200, 1-sec x f22 + MF ... I point the camera to a white side wall and move the camera around during the exposure to blur anything in focus, thus leaving the dust bunnies to be stationary on the sensor

At 100% it is easy to see both the dust bunnies AND the woeful-horrible streaks when I've overdone the treatment

The streaks took 3 goes to clean it again to get it right > so much for 2-drops of cleaner liquid !!!

ps- really there is little wrong with the pentax - I want the small body size of the G2, so I just don't want the Kx anymore. the 2 other lenses & flashgun have been sold, only the body + the siggy 18-125 remains for sale > maybe I'll give it away to the kids
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I need to post an update to my situation. When I returned from my vacation and found spots in the same places on most of my pictures, I did some research, pondered sending my camera off to have it cleaned and then decided to invest in the Copperhillimages Mega kit.

I was hesitant at first but finally took the plunge. I will say, the sensor was far dirtier before I started than it was after my first cleaning. The sensor was still dirty so I put it away and read the instructions again multiple times. I gave it a go again and it was cleaner the second time than the first, but it still wasn't clean.

I stated that my home town really doesn't have a pro line camera store, but we are blessed to be home to Lens Rental.com. They have some great tutorials on line, including one on sensor clearing. I contacted them and they agreed to clean my sensor. In fact, the President of the company handled it himself.

When I picked up my camera today, he told me he had never seen a sensor that dirty before. Did I contribute to the mess? Possibly but I do think it was better than it was before I started. It was also cool to see the insides of this neat place. We are planning a trip next year to Yellowstone and I will definitely rent a super zoom from Lensrental.com!
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G'don-ya mate

Well done - good solution overall > and from those of us who already know the fabulous convenience & photographic benefits from a superzoom ... why wait till next year ???

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