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Old Nov 16, 2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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My K10D is in need of a sensor cleaning as there are dust particles that the "snesor shake" can't seem to shake. I was debating on whether i should take it into the shop to get cleaned and spend the the $40 they charge, or get a kit and do it myself.

If anyone has any tips for the do it yourself I would appreciate it. I don't want to screw up and damage the camera. Any tips or suggestions are appreciated. thanks
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Old Nov 16, 2008, 11:21 PM   #2
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Have you tried a hand air blower yet? That's what I've always used and so far it's always taken what I had on the sensor off. I bought a Giotto Rocket Air (a small one, they come in different sizes) not long after I got my first dSLR camera, and it stays in my bag. Whenever I notice dust, I just use a couple of squirts/puffs of air and the dust is gone. Don't use the canned air. Someone here used his wife's turkey baster for a while with some success, but I've always liked the Giotto.
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Old Nov 17, 2008, 8:24 PM   #3
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Earlier This Summer I Had a similar decision To Make with my K100D. While Mine Turned out To Be a Defective sensor, i decided to take a chance.
I was a little Apprehensive at first. It was very easy To Clean. It takes a little practice, however no big deal.
I use the Copperhill Cleaning Kit http://www.copperhillimages.com/ . Works great.

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Old Nov 17, 2008, 10:00 PM   #4
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Ive used one of those baby snot extractors. You know the ones to help a baby clean there noses when they have colds. Works great and is cheap small and when you lose it can be replaced quick.

I don't have the guts to do anything but a simple blower. So far so good.
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The previous advise given to try and remove the dust using a 'Rocket Blower' is good advise - the end of the blowers tends to move about a tad whilst the bulb is being pressed so keep it well away from the mirror & viewing screen to avoid potential damage.

Eventually, some dust specks, maybe pollen dust etc, just wont shift & will require a different technique.

I would advise caution. I've only done it once (well, it took 4 attempts actually, & after the first wipe, the problem was far worse than before I had started. I had to repeat the process 4 times in order to achive a reasonable, not perfect, result which in all honestly, wasn't much different to how it was before I started - at least the 'blob' had moved from the top centre of the image to the side and was less noticeable.

My local dealer offers a service which, whilst a tad more expensive, does guarantee to rid the sensor of dust - he has a get out clause which states that if, after several cleaning attempts, it cannot be competely removed they would acceot some residue of dust at the edge.

Basically, try the Rocket Blower first, then decide if you want to take the plunge & try it youself or take it to a dealer with some sort of guarantee.
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Old Nov 18, 2008, 10:40 AM   #6
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i used a turkey baster for a long time. worked great.
copperhill is way far overpriced.. try microtools for 1/3 the price.
i'll look and post a link.

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Old Nov 18, 2008, 10:55 AM   #7
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THIS is all you really need. i've used this for 5 years and still have plenty..

THIS is a listing of their kits. be sure to get the kit for the model you use. the k10& above are different than my DS..

i'd also suggest an external power supply

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