Dust Spot Cleaning

Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 8:18 am

I noticed towards the end of last years airshow season that i was getting a few dust spots emerging on my pictures. At the start of the year I purchased a Jessops cleaning kit to clear this up, but after processing my pictures from Cosford, i noticed that they're back with a vengeance!

(not processed or centered!)
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IMG_2812 by Chris Day, on Flickr

I followed some camera cleaning advice on YouTube with the kit that i had, but nothing is seeming to budge them. Can anyone recommend a reasonable camera cleaning company that don't charge an arm and a leg?

Many thanks in advance. :smile:
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby Pen Pusher on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 8:46 am

Never used them but as you've already mentioned Jessops :biggrin:

https://www.jessops.com/c/offers/servic ... r-cleaning

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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby tankbuster on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 9:26 am

Pen Pusher wrote:Never used them but as you've already mentioned Jessops :biggrin:

https://www.jessops.com/c/offers/servic ... r-cleaning

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They did a good job for me 24 hour turnaround, about £30
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby jingernut on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:37 am

Not sure what was in the kit that you got from Jessops but these from Amazon are great.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1

You will need to make sure they are right for you camera sensor though.

Takes about 2 mins to clean the sensor yourself.
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11:02 am

Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated.

The Jessops Kit just had the basic wipes / rocket blower, so i think it needs something a bit more hard core then that. I'll give the APS-C Sensor Cleaning kit a go and if that doesn't do the job, i'll send it to Jessops.
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby ikarus on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 11:11 am

Bought a sensor cleaning kit off the internet a while back , swabs , fluid and blower. Works an absolute treat on the sensor. Well pleased with the results on my Pentax K5.

The more you change the glass on the front the more chance you have of getting dust issues , I try to stick with the same glass on the body with absolute minimal changes if possible.
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby helired3 on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 5:29 pm

i have had this problem got myself the full kit now.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carson-SensorM ... B0091SS310

this works a treat

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eyelead-SCK-1- ... B0046VBEE0

hope it helps

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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby Brevet Cable on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 8:37 pm


From my experience, it can be a bit of a pain to get it right at first ( and I'll admit part of that was down to not realising you've got to peel the cover off the swab-cleaning paper ! :oops: )
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby rockfordstone on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 3:53 pm

i got some cleaning swabs from amazon and they seem to do the trick. dust spots are a bit of an ongoing battle. i try to do a good clean around the lens mount and glass before and after taking taking it off/putting it on to try and minimise it
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby BMrider on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 4:13 pm

jingernut wrote:Not sure what was in the kit that you got from Jessops but these from Amazon are great.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1

You will need to make sure they are right for you camera sensor though.

Takes about 2 mins to clean the sensor yourself.


On the above recommend I brought the Dust cleaning kit in the link, 2 attempts got the sensor dust free, Nikon D300 never cleaned before, plenty of dust spots now all gone, excellent :smile:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1




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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 11:40 pm

The kit from Amazon seems to have done the trick. Thanks again everyone for the advice :up:
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby tom tiger on Mon 02 Jul 2018, 8:45 am

Hi,

This is my workflow for cleaning my sensor, posted it in some flickr groups, so might aswell post it here. :biggrin:
(ideas and suggestions are allways welcome)

Cameras, Canon 70D, Canon 80D, Canon M3 and Canon 40D
Testlens, Canon 18-135 STM IS etc. (or grab whatever lies in front of you)
Using: Blower (cheapness one and the Giotto Rocketblower), Artic Butterfly and Sensor Swabs. Small or big specs use a Speckgrabber (still haven't used my speckgrabber).

- Clean the camera Camera and lens (outside) so you clean off any dust or dirt that can otherwise fall into the camera
- Clean the Lens for the same reason. (very important with the 100-400mm Mk I with pushpull zoom)
- f32 (highest aperture possible), iso 100 (av mode)
- aim at a wall (white or other smooth light color)
Move during shooting with the IS off, This way you can see the dustparticles better. If in doubt use the equalize function in in DigiKam (or photshop or the Gimp)
- make a shot and check for dust (hint, there is allways some dust)
- mirror up
- clean
- camera on and off
- make a shot and clean if nessecary, repeat, repeat, repeat, etc...
- if you get sensor smear (bit of oil which offcourse will go all over the sensor... the irony is not lost on me) use Sensor swab.
- Make a shot and check etc.
- if needed repeat, and repeat.

What I use often is the Artic Butterfly (old version) which works pretty well but gives senor smear every now and again. A little bit of oil or grease hangs on the Artic and goes all over your sensor (oh, the irony), had that happen with my 40D and with my 70D.e sensor smear. This means cleaning the Artic... again... with an alchol solution I'm using Iso propyl alcohol and then let it dry... and start with sensor swabs etc..

It does take a while, it can take me about an hour cleaning 2 camera and 3 or 4 lenses (ergo the stuff I use doing airshows) On the other hand, you got to take good care of your tools :-)
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Re: Dust Spot Cleaning

Postby rockfordstone on Mon 02 Jul 2018, 9:23 am

tom tiger wrote:Hi,

This is my workflow for cleaning my sensor, posted it in some flickr groups, so might aswell post it here. :biggrin:
(ideas and suggestions are allways welcome)

Cameras, Canon 70D, Canon 80D, Canon M3 and Canon 40D
Testlens, Canon 18-135 STM IS etc. (or grab whatever lies in front of you)
Using: Blower (cheapness one and the Giotto Rocketblower), Artic Butterfly and Sensor Swabs. Small or big specs use a Speckgrabber (still haven't used my speckgrabber).

- Clean the camera Camera and lens (outside) so you clean off any dust or dirt that can otherwise fall into the camera
- Clean the Lens for the same reason. (very important with the 100-400mm Mk I with pushpull zoom)
- f32 (highest aperture possible), iso 100 (av mode)
- aim at a wall (white or other smooth light color)
Move during shooting with the IS off, This way you can see the dustparticles better. If in doubt use the equalize function in in DigiKam (or photshop or the Gimp)
- make a shot and check for dust (hint, there is allways some dust)
- mirror up
- clean
- camera on and off
- make a shot and clean if nessecary, repeat, repeat, repeat, etc...
- if you get sensor smear (bit of oil which offcourse will go all over the sensor... the irony is not lost on me) use Sensor swab.
- Make a shot and check etc.
- if needed repeat, and repeat.

What I use often is the Artic Butterfly (old version) which works pretty well but gives senor smear every now and again. A little bit of oil or grease hangs on the Artic and goes all over your sensor (oh, the irony), had that happen with my 40D and with my 70D.e sensor smear. This means cleaning the Artic... again... with an alchol solution I'm using Iso propyl alcohol and then let it dry... and start with sensor swabs etc..

It does take a while, it can take me about an hour cleaning 2 camera and 3 or 4 lenses (ergo the stuff I use doing airshows) On the other hand, you got to take good care of your tools :-)


that's a great little write up.
it certainly can be a time consuming process
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