A&P How do you guys clean your sensors?

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  1. cgper

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    so today i received some eclipse and pec pads. I also got the sensorklear pen.
    Well since i was too scared to try this on my relatively new 5d, i decided to try the pen on the 20d. The pen, according to people on potn, fm, is relatively easy and pretty foolproof.
    so i begin to work on the 20d sensor. and wow. im getting what looks like scratches EVERYWHERE. I freaked out and immediately went back to the forums to see if anyone else had the same problems. no luck.
    at this point i accept the fact that i fucked my 20d sensor up and decided to go to town with the sensorklear pen. i started using a good amount of pressure and guess what, the smears and what seemed like scratches started to come off. all that's left is a thin thin line and i took some pics and see no ill effect.
    sorry for the long ass post, but i wanted to hear stories/tips from others that have successfully/unsuccessfully cleaned their sensors.
    I won't be touching my 5d sensor for the meantime. :hs:

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    I find sandblaster to be a bit too extreme... it takes a little longer, but i prefer to use a grinder, as it gives you a little bit more control over the process.
     
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    so where can i get a sensor grinder? is bh a good place for that?
    also if im going the dishwasher route should i use and type of soap along with that or just hot water?

    keep the tips coming guys!
     
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    I rarely take pictures above f/11, so my pictures "look" clean to me. :o

    I should take my blower rocket to my sensor, I haven't done that in awhile.
     
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    When I can't get it out with my air compressor(set to gentle of course, but stronger than the rocket blaster), I'll use a 'Sensor Swab' alternative.
     
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    You're brave using a pen on a sensor, i learned this :o

    I cleaned my sensor with a Lens Pen, dry :eek3" with the microfiber stamp end on it, nevar again it took me 11tybillion tries to get the camera clean, and so much shit ended up in my viewfinder, it succccccks


    I use my shop air compressor now, running through a few filter dryers
     
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    I use pec pads, eclipse, and some homebrew tools. I think those streaks were lube/grease or something. My 1dmk2 had that all the time. Took a few swabs and cleaned up nicely. Never had an issue with the 5d sensors.
     
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    If youve never cleaned it before, its best to wet clean (you do it or pay someone to do it). A lot of times, some of the original spots on your sensor can be oil/lube from the factory and thats what smears when you try to dry clean it.
     
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    came to post this :rofl:
     
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    I blow my camera on a regular basis ;-)

    Other than that, I have sensor-cleaning on every time I turn it on.
     
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    Configure it to do that when you turn it off, you don't want to miss a shot waiting on the cleaning process to finish. ;)
     
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    Very good point. Thanks :bigthumb:
     
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    Xsi is set to do that
     
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