My First Sensor Cleaning

2 months 2 weeks ago #678105 by BrokenCanon
The refurbished Canon EOS M6 was purchased back in 2018 and I've yet to clean the sensor till this morning. While taking a few pictures of the frame prints, I noticed a brown area towards the center of the images.

Removing the 50mm lens from the Fotodiox adapter, I clean the lens with a pack of yellow microfiber towels. Then I looked inside the camera and noticed there was dust of fuzz on the sensor. This could have been the brown area within my photograph. With a can of compressed air I shot just outside the camera housing/lens mount which lifted the fuzz off the sensor. replacing the lens, I turned on the camera and entered the settings for the "Clean Sensor" option.

This makes only the fourth Digital camera I've even own and the first camera that actually needed the sensor clean. Though this was not a professionally done, I'll have to wait a bit longer to send the camera to our local shop for a check up. But as of now, This camera has been performing extremely well and yes you can clean the sensor yourself with careful maintenance and precautions.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #678171 by garyrhook
It is generally advised that one does not use compressed air to clean the interior of a camera body.  The chemicals can be transported in the airstream.

A Rocket Blower is the usual tool. Serious/stubborn glubbies require a wet cleaning. All of which can be done at home.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #678224 by BrokenCanon
Gary, Being new to this forum doesn't mean I'm new to the camera world. Being or coming from the electronics industry, I have used canister air for as long as I can recall. it's knowing how to do it which doesn't interfere or damage anything within the camera.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #678244 by effron
Gary was giving you good advice. A bulb blower is fine, but the compressed air also contains propellants that are NOT good for sensor cleaning.....

Why so serious?
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2 months 2 weeks ago #678245 by effron

Why so serious?
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2 months 2 weeks ago #678279 by garyrhook

BrokenCanon wrote: Gary, Being new to this forum doesn't mean I'm new to the camera world. Being or coming from the electronics industry, I have used canister air for as long as I can recall. it's knowing how to do it which doesn't interfere or damage anything within the camera.


I'm well aware of your experience. But you're not the only person reading these threads, so comments can (should?) keep in mind others that may not have a history with cameras. I like to consider the potential audience.

That said, your caveats are reasonable, but I was only pointing out general consensus. Most folks aren't going to know how to be careful with that stuff.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #678310 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day BC

Dust on interchangeable lens camera sensors is something that most of us have experienced over the years - and some of us do DIY cleaning, most send it off to a service centre

For myself, I cleaned the Pentax when I owned it regularly ~ it seemed that its sensor was a magnet for dust, and the Panny G camera several times over the decade that it has been with me. Also if I found a student's camera had bad dust bunnies, I have cleaned other well known cameras as well

I have used compressed air - and found tiny liquid droplets on the surface afterwards. I have used Aussie versions of the blower bulb, and for complete cleaning, I use a cleaner swipe to physically swipe the front surface of the sensor. My kit came years ago from a US mob called Copperhill

From experience with whatever system you use, it needs to be done carefully and includes multiple exposures during the DIY process until you are happy that all dust bunnies have disppeared

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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