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Old Oct 27, 2005, 12:09 PM   #1
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Since I am narrowing down my choice of camera (am still undecided which one I want---see my post in Which Camera do I buy?) I have heard quite a bit about dust on the sensor.

Are all of the SLR's (speaking of the lower cost prosumer slr's here) all at equal risk or is there one that is more prone to getting dust on it?

Do you have to send it to be cleaned or can this be done at home?

It almost seems better to keep just one lens on the camera then to have to 'switch' back and forth.

I'm in dust devil Arizona and can only imagine how much would get into one.....

Look forward to hearing some opinions...
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Old Oct 27, 2005, 1:30 PM   #2
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Cleaning the sensor is, if done correctly a routine maintanance operation. If done wrongly or carelssly will require a new camera...:lol:

Only the Sigma dSLRs do not require sensor cleaning.

dSLR's with CMOS instead of CCD require LESS cleaning, but they still from time to time require the cleaning.

While this WAS a big deal to me, after a while - who cares?

To change a lens, with minimum dust, simply place camera in a plastic bag, with the body facing DOWN, and replace the lens.

Most of these camera's require the optional AC adapters to safely clean the sensor.

There are many theories on how this should be done. What they have in common is an appreciation of how not to damage the camera.

It's not a big deal...

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None... Absolutely NO PROBLEM whatsoever.

Don't worry about it. Get A dSLR and go take pictures.

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Old Oct 28, 2005, 7:09 PM   #4
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Only the Sigma dSLRs do not require sensor cleaning.

dSLR's with CMOS instead of CCD require LESS cleaning, but they still from time to time require the cleaning.

You have forgotten what might be the #3 DSLR manufacture ATM which also doesn't not require sensor cleaning... that being Olympus which offers the SSWF CCD self cleaning system on all three of its DSLR models; E-1, E-300, E-500. It also works perfectly as I have yet to clean or see any dust in my pictures taken with my 1year + old E-1 dispite changing lenses in some very dusty conditions.

I can't say I have ever heard that CMOS sensors are less prone to dust than CCD's. Could you link us to the source of this information please.
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