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Old Aug 28, 2006, 2:42 PM   #1
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Damn, I just noticed I have a speckle of dust (or dirt) on my sensor. When I put the mirror up I can clearly see it on there.

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Now with only 3 days away from leaving on a trip, it's too late to get a cheap sensor cleaning kit on ebay.
Tomorrow I'm going to the local camera shop to see if they have something, but I'm afraid I might not get off without yet another expense...

Are there any DIY methods of removing it? For example, can I touch it with anything, since it's just 1 particle, I might be able to whipe it off. Like a piece of plastic or perhaps a lens tissue on a small stick?

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 3:13 PM   #2
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I think the manual says to use a blower. Have you tried this? I haven't noticed any dirt on my sensor yet, so I have not tried.* Jon
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i use a large squeeze turkey baster as a blower. works great..

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 5:49 PM   #4
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Ok, a blower shouldn't cost too much, I'll see if they have one in the camera shop nearby tomorrow.

Thanks for the advice

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once you graduate to a sensor cleaning swab, be sure to ALWAYS blow it out first. try and get a ''rocket blower''. it's good from what i've read..

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Old Aug 28, 2006, 6:42 PM   #6
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Yeah but that will be after the trip.

I'm sure there's more dust on there, but as long as it doesnt shw in the pics, I don't care. I just want this one huge chunk out of there, because it'll ruïn every +f16 shot.

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Old Aug 29, 2006, 8:29 AM   #7
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Well good news.
I went to the local camera store, and asked if they had one of those blowers.
The salesman said no and even advised me not to use one, as it could damage the sensor (he said).

Then he offered me a 70$ cleaning kit, so I think the thing about the blower was just sales talk.
Then when I let him know I couldnt afford that, he actually got to helping me

Apparantly he was an authorised Pentax dealer, so he said that if sensor dust applied to the warranty, he'd be able to get my camera cleaned for free.
He gave a quick call to the Pentax buildign in Belgium and they said sensor dust did fall under the 2 year warranty!

So I'll be dropping my camera off after the trip to have it thoroughly cleaned. I'll have to miss it for 2 weeks, but I suspect it's the best thing to do...

Going to another shop in the big city nearby later on, to see if I can blow that one big chunk off dust off before the trip.

I don't think it'll void the warranty, as it's just air, right?

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Old Aug 29, 2006, 8:34 AM   #8
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You do know not to use canned air right!!!???
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 8:44 AM   #9
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nlp239 wrote:
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You do know not to use canned air right!!!???
yes I do, I'm planning to use one of those hand blowers, without any brushes.



If I use newly charged batteries, I should be able to keep the mirror up long enough for me to blow that 1 piece of dust away, right?

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Thats why I like my camera guy (Pentax Repairer) I walk in and as I am saying g'day, he is pulling the lens off my camera and flipping the mirror up and giving it blow out with his compressed FILTERED and REGULATED air supply.

By the time we have discussed my reason for being there it is done.
Normal charge for everyone else $10 and he does it on the spot for them too, no waiting..
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