A nice clean sensor

When I was working my way through all my photos from Saturday I noticed a huge dirt mark on all the pictures, this could only mean one thing. It was time to clean the sensor.

In the 3 years or so that I’ve owned DSLRs I’ve never once had to clean a sensor. A quick blast of air into the body every so often seemed to have kept things clean enough, but something more drastic was required this time. After a bit of research I ordered some pads and Eclipse fluid from Digipad. I placed the order Sunday night, and picked it up from the post office after work today.

As it turns out, cleaning the sensor couldn’t be easier. Pop the mirror up, put a couple of drops of fluid onto a new pad, swipe the pad across in one direction, flip it over, then swipe it across again in the same direction. A quick test picture reveals a nice clean sensor with no noticable dirt marks.

The only downside is that the pads work out a a couple of quid each, however the 5 I’ve bought should last me a good long while at this rate of cleaning.

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4 Responses to A nice clean sensor

  1. Simon says:

    Excellent. Well worth the cost IME.

  2. Father says:

    Now if you had bought an Olympus DSLR it has an automatic start-up wobble which shakes off the dust! And the new E-510 has IS built in to the body as well so you don’t need it in every lens!!

  3. matt says:

    I need to send my 20d for service, I am sure it’s not focusing properly since I dropped it.

    not that I’ve used it since April.

  4. grant says:

    Dropped it? Oh dear…………….