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No matter what we do dust is a continual reality / plague that we will have to deal with and there is no real sure method of keeping things clean short of leaving it in a hermetically sealed bag and never take it out..

One major flaw I have seen in all the cleaning methods is that we open our cameras to remove dust but in reality we get out the big pieces and flood it with tiny little specs of dust which settle on the sensor to drive us dilly again..

A possible solution is to build a hepa filter box, something like a glove box that will give us a clean environment to do our cleaning in..

HEPA filters can remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 micrometers (m) in diameter (from wikipedia).

Something like this can be built for a very low cost and will give you a clean area to do your work in without you having to mount your camera at some awkward angle.Comments ?Using :canon 400DEF-S 18-55mm LensSigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO MACRO..

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Go for it, but I don't find dust that much of a problem. When I notice it in an image, I clean my sensor..

It just doesn't seem to be worth much money, effort and stress to me..

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Comment #1

Seriously, dust is not that big a problem. Your heppa filter box would only complicate the sensor cleaning. And when you are done, you put on that zoom lens which sucks air in and out every time you zoom the lens. Seems like serious overkill to me..

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Although a HEPA filter is good for what we breathe, with DSLRs we are concerned with what we see. A relatively clean area including the surrounding air is OK for sensor cleaning..

I pick a clean work space, minimal air flow (AC/heating off), no apartment/house cleaning that stirs up dust, and just do it..

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I agree with most of your other posts. I have cleaned my sensor for dust maybe 3 times in 2 years, and I shoot and change lenses fairly often. I've also had cameras attached to telescopes via an adapter, which would make the dust-paranoid cringe I think..

Each time I cleaned it, I did the unspeakable: I took a can of compressed air, blew a couple shots to clear the tube out, and blew out the camera from a shor distance. Each time it worked fine..

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I'd rather stick with my E-1 or buy the E-3 in the long run. Had the E-1 for more than 2.5 years, changed lenses a lot, not a single dust mark in my shots. The SSWF works.pbase Supporter..

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Doug J wrote:.

Although a HEPA filter is good for what we breathe, with DSLRs we areconcerned with what we see. A relatively clean area including thesurrounding air is OK for sensor cleaning..

I pick a clean work space, minimal air flow (AC/heating off), noapartment/house cleaning that stirs up dust, and just do it..

I just plunk it down on my desk and do the cleaning. No problems, a grand total of maybe 15-20 minutes a year. Why add complexity to reduce that?.

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Mario Giannini wrote:.

Each time I cleaned it, I did the unspeakable: I took a can ofcompressed air, blew a couple shots to clear the tube out, and blewout the camera from a short distance. Each time it worked fine..

Let me just warn everyone else NOT to use canned air on your sensor..

I've sent several cameras in for sensor replacement (not mine, but for customers) who, even after being warned, used canned air on their sensor instead of cleaning their sensor the correct way, and ended up with a bill that was half the price of a new body..

Don't do it!.

That being said, I have an Oly DSLR and don't have a dust-bunny problem..

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