Shutter Oil

Shutter Oil

Postby ShutterPlane on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 5:07 am

On my Canon, I get a fair bit of blobs on the sensor which I think is shutter oil rather than dust. They can be a bugger to remove and sometimes there's little point as they come back after a day out. It's a 1Ds Mk3 which is an old camera now anyway so was thinking of upgrading, only to read on the web that people are having issues with the Dx Mk2 and shutter oil.

How bad is this problem for you and how do you best deal with it? I'm heading out to Duxford today with a less than perfectly clean sensor, but will hopefully not see all the blobs down to f11 or so.

Re: Shutter Oil

Postby Stagger2 on Mon 25 Sep 2017, 1:43 pm

This is just my opinion & I offer no instruction to do any process with your camera that could permanently damage it. Clearly, you are not actually removing the oil deposit as the airborne micro-dust re-adheres to develop a visible mark. I have personally only experienced this issue once, when I left my camera on the ground in 38 Celsius/full sun without a cover & the lube oil became so thin it splashed about! I now use a white Motel face-towel I found. :whistle:
The way I removed all oil residue off the bypass filter was to use a swab to clean any dust from the sensor, followed by a fresh swab containing a drop of 'quality' photographic sensor cleaning fluid. (essentially an aggressive wet-clean?)
For more stubborn oil spots you can use neat isopropyl sparingly, meaning don't 'wash' it & don't leave it on too long! :wink: HTH.

Re: Shutter Oil

Postby ShutterPlane on Mon 25 Sep 2017, 2:59 pm

So you're saying that the oil alone wouldn't show up in an image?

Re: Shutter Oil

Postby Stagger2 on Wed 27 Sep 2017, 10:36 pm

I'm possibly guilty of taking your description of "blobs" too literally? The thing about an oil-spot is that it appears more as a "ring" than your 'blob'!
For a oil-spot to assume 'blob' (an ill-defined solid black artefact in my book?) characteristics, it would require a second pollutant such as dust to stick to it, in my view. I'm also assuming that the returning 'blobs' are in the exact same location each time? Another factor for us 'aviation types' is the state of the rear lens element. Clearly, if you must change a lens in the field, you must turn the camera off. Always face the open body toward the ground. Mount the lens asap. Ensure the lens cap has a body cap attached to it before you throw it in your bag. Sounds tedious, but failure to do this will result in filling your sensor with dust the second you turn the camera on & lift it up to the first aircraft!!
Back to oil-spots. Some Canon bodies are renowned for this issue, yours being one of them! By way of comfort I can tell you that many Nikon bodies have historically suffered too. Normally high ambient temperatures are a factor in this, but a previous repair/service by somebody using the non-approved lubricant can also cause it.
As with all things in life..."If you buy expensive, you waste some money. If you buy cheap, you waste all of it!" I use quality swabs (some 'cheapies' actually deposit more lint than they remove!), an Arctic Butterfly, the 'Visible Dust' Sensor Clean fluid @ around £15 for 8 ml (not even Gold coloured for that price?) & Isopropanol for grease & oil (Mainly to keep the brush heads clean) Remember that it's the 'Bypass Filter' you are cleaning & not the sensor per se! :wink:
I'm by no means an authority on this subject, just what I've found that works. My colleagues are suitably impressed as I clean all their cameras too!
Ps:- Safety Tip... 'Sensor Clean' contains no alcohol & is inflammable. Isopropanol is HIGHLY flammable! don't be cleaning your camera at a Barbecue!! :shock: :whistle:

PPS:- Please struggle through the linked item below. It tends to reinforce my approach? HTH. ... Sensor.pdf

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