Cleaning camera sensor?

11 years 9 months ago #4535 by iTravel
1. How often should I be cleaning this?
2. Any tips, I heard this is a delicate process?
3. Any cleaning kits better than others?

I have a Nikon D90 (if it makes a difference)

Thanks a bunch

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11 years 9 months ago - 11 years 9 months ago #4539 by jrjohns2
Well, getting it cleaned by a pro is expensive, and as a general rule unless you have a big/visual problem with it, DO NOT TOUCH the sensor. If there is dust on it, try blowing it off with a bulb and pipet (taking care to not put more dust on it). Also, dont use a spray can or air, as this has solvents in it. Now, if you have a problem that you cant live with, a huge dust speck or stubborn hair, there are kits you can use. Spend the money, do the research for your sensor in particular, and if you can afford it, pay someone else to do it so theyre stuck with the liability. Saving 50$ is not worth ruining a 500$ sensor. I have cleaned my sensor once without problems, but have no idea about the CMOS sensor on the D90(and it does make a difference) and what coatings it has on it. You can always try a dust off reference photo that I know D90 has the capability to do and use software and the reference photo to get the specks out.

Sensor cleaning is not a routine maintenance, do not approach it like cleaning a lens or dusting off a filter. It should be done only if there is a serious dust problem.

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11 years 9 months ago #4603 by Lindsey
I got my cleaning kit from Adorama for $16

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11 years 9 months ago #4630 by Screamin Scott
I've blown dust off my sensor with a Gittos Rocket Blower on numerous occasions. Stubborn dust can be cleaned off with Eclipse solution & Pec pads...If you are apprehensive about doing it, have your local camera store do it, but contrary to what was said above, you are not actually cleaning the sensor, but a glass filter that sits on top of it....

Scott Ditzel Photography

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11 years 9 months ago #4633 by Monster

Lindsey wrote: I got my cleaning kit from Adorama for $16

Sounds like the same one I bought!

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