sensor cleaning
I have been on a hiking trip. my camera in a storm case was my best friend, except for the weight. But on the last day there was so much dust on the sensor that I was forced to stop taking pictures - hate to edit my photos..

Any advice on sensor cleaning, especially in the bush..

Thanks for this awesome site...

Comments (5)

Doesn't tha Alpha 700 have sensor cleaning built in?.

The methods that work best use swabs - if you do a forum search on "sensor cleaning" I am sure that you will get plenty of threads..

If you want to discuss the particular problems with dust in the bush, you should probably post on the Open Forum.Chris R..

Comment #1

Chris R-UK wrote:.

Doesn't tha Alpha 700 have sensor cleaning built in?.

Chris R.

As does pentax and others that doesn't mean it works. Olympus cameras are the only one recognized for actually having an effective solution that works as opposed to the others that say they have it in their feature list and it doesn't work as has been born out with this post.

Sorry to hear about the dust issues... that's no fun.

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Comment #2

I've never needed to do a wet cleaning of my sensors, dry works for me. I use a rocket blower to blow off what I can. If there's still dust on the sensor after that, I sue a 100% nylon brush. The brushes sold by Visibledust are just that, nylon brushes but at a high price. I've toyed around with the idea of getting the Delkin Sensorscope kit, it looks to be a good value for what you get.My humble photo gallery:

Comment #3

The sensor cleaning systems native to most digital cameras vary in effectiveness, from poor to useless..

Be very careful when cleaning the sensor yourself. You don't know what the dust is made of, and if for some reason the dust has a high hardness you can damage the CCD with the dust alone if you swab it carelessly..

I won't let anyone touch my cameras, I clean them myself because of this - so do it yourself and be very careful - no one cares as much as you. I have never scratched or damaged ANY of my cameras in ANY way EVER other than wearing the print off the buttons. If you can be that careful with something, clean it yourself..

It is very important to realize just how abrasive dust can be however, and make sure you use very minimal pressure if you can't blow the dust off..

Don't use your breath to blow in the camera either, because it is near impossible to blow on something without spitting a little, and once that happens things get complex.It's not what you spend, it's what you buy!..

Comment #4

This would be the best and easiest to use in the field. The brushes are relatively small and are used dry, so no messy liquids to contend with..

The artic butterfly might be the best choice for field use..

They do work..

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