A&P someone make a camera/lens cleaning Edu with pics

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  1. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    when i got into photography, no one I was close to knew anything about it. I don't know that I've ever cleaned my gear correctly, or if there's a better way.

    So how about some of the experienced guys share some upkeep knowledge? :)

    Or at least point us to a good cleaning kit?
     
  2. Jcolman

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    To clean filters I use an eyeglass cleaning cloth from zeiss.

    To get dust off my lens element, I take lens tissue, fold it lengthwise and tear off the end to make a little "brush".

    The interior of the camera gets a blowjob from my handy can of dustoff.

    In a pinch I've used a cotton tee shirt to clean filters.
     
  3. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I had thought about using compressed air but I was afraid of hurting something :o
     
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    yes. All it does is blow loose dust out. I hold my camera upside down to help the dust fall out as I blow it.
     
  5. OlafBeserka

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    Im sure you arent using the can air with FULL power. You can regulate the amount of air that comes out.
     
  6. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    i think it's a good idea to stay away from using compressed air. the propellant could really ruin things if you don't hold the can exactly the right way. even then, you're still running a risk
     
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    Good point. You should always hold the can upright. However, in the 40+ years I've been taking pictures, I've yet to ruin anything with compressed air. Having said that, I do realize that some digital cameras are more delicate than others. The gear I use is professional grade and generally made to withstand more use and abuse.
     
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    Do not use cans of compressed air such as Dust-Off, as they contain liquid propellants, which will then require professional cleaning or replacement of your cameras sensor. Idiots.
     
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    Used in the proper manner, Dust off works just fine. :gtfo:
     
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    :rofl: maybe he works for a rival compressed air company or something :rofl:
     
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    Actually you should never use compressed air to clean the sensor of your camera..you can inadvertantly spray the propellent in the can onto the sensor, so which can damage the sensor. We normally recommend only using an air blower, which looks like a turkey baster... there are brushes, papers and liquids that you can use, but becareful.

    I found a wicked video on Youtube of some pro who was cleaning one from the trunk of his van/car..but i can't locate it. He did a wicked video. I'll locate it and edit my post with the URL soon as I find it.
     
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    Only if you do it wrong. Hold the can upright at all times and you'll be fine. Propellent won't come out unless the can is upside down or sideways.
     
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    I work tech support, and I would never recommend using it, if it does come out, your not going to be happy. Spend the extra $20 and get a shop to do it. A CCD in a DSLR is not a cheap fix.
     
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    I use a blower to clean out the dust. If there is other stuff thats on there that is stuck, I pay a shop to clean it. They have the knowledge and theyll replace it if they break it.
     
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    not sure but i hope it works :x:
     
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    it's some carbon lens cleaning thing that supposedly works 11ty times better at removing finger print grease than lens cloths or tissues
     
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    my cleaning gear, the opposite side of the brush is amazing at removing anything greasy and i dont worry at all about the possible side effects of canned air either.

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  22. OlafBeserka

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    do you use that side on the actual sensor?
     
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    I'm going to have to say no. From what I have heard not even the blower should go past the lens mount.
     
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    no, the blower is for the sensor.
     
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