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Apr 24, 2017
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Camera Sensor cleaning

I need to get my camera sensor cleaned as I am seeing spots on my pics.

Does anyone know if you can clean sensors on your own (and is it safe), know of any local sensor cleaning company in Vancouver or is it best to send the camera to the service centre (For me its Nikon). If sending to the service centre, does anyone know what they charge? I've reached out to Nikon and have not yet responded to me.
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Jun 15, 2012
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It's around $50 to get it done at a camera shop, or buy your own swabs and DIY whenever you want for less.
Pollen is a sticky culprit that isn't easily removed by a rocket blower.
Do a before and after, take a shot of a piece a paper at f/22 with a small "x" written on it to obtain focus. The blobs and spots in the image should be mostly cleaned up after a sensor wipe.



Buy reputable sensor swabs off Amazon in the size of your sensor.
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Feb 12, 2017
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Camera stores and stores like London Drugs sell Sensor Swabs and related products for you to clean the sensor yourself. There are mainly two types of cleaners: those that use a solution and lint-free swab, and those that rely on a squeeze bulb to blow air. I've used swabs myself on a Nikon D80, but have not needed clean my Nikon D90 and Olympus E-M5 since their self-cleaning (ultrasonic shaking) sensors keep themselves free of spots.

Some stores will clean a sensor for you. Vistek (not in Vancouver) charges $69.99. https://www.vistek.ca/service/?t=Price+List

Try calling local camera shops for a better price.
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Use a blower first to make sure you can't just blow off the dust first, usually that is all that is.
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Do a search here on this subject. Been several threads.

I clean my own. You can find the wet swab clean kits even at London Drugs now.

Some key words.....

blower
wet swab
electostatic brush


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You can send it in to Canon, or you could try with either Vancam or Camtex. The last two are a few blocks from each other over on Fairview Slopes.
[OP]
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Apr 24, 2017
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Well seems like most have done the DIY swabs before. My biggest fear of cleaning myself is that I'm going to f up the sensor somehow.

I've asked around some of the bigger camera store companies around town and they all say they don't do cleaning.

I guess I gotta pull up my bigboy pants and do it.

Thanks everyone
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Aug 18, 2013
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London
My cleaning routine which I have done for about 12 years is to use a Sensor Loupe like the previous poster mentioned to check if it even needs cleaning.

If I do see specs, then:

1) try blowing them off while holding the lens opening down. I use a Giotto's Rocket Blaster which I squeeze about 10 times before pointing it towards the sensor. This gets anything out of the Rocket Blaster first.

2) if that doesn't dislodge the specks then I use a sensor brush (check around for a nylon one with soft bristles) and after blowing the brush off, I carefully wipe the sensor. When I am done, I clean the brush in Johnson's Baby Shampoo with distilled water. Rinse well in distilled water. Let it air dry and put it in a sealed container.

3) if that doesn't work, I use a Lens Pen SensorKlear II pen. It is a Canadian company with lots of great instructions: http://www.lenspen.com/how_to_use/dslr-sensor-cleaning/

4) as a last resort I use the wet process and Sensor Swabs.

I am extremely fussy about my images and have not had to use the wet process (#4) more than once a year. I have used this method with a Nikon D70, D2x, D700, D800, D500 with no problems at all. I never hesitate to change lenses outside since I know I can clean the sensor myself.

One suggestion if you have a dusty room, is to use the bathroom and close the door to ensure there is no extra dust in the air.

For the cost of paying someone to clean your sensor twice, you can get everything you need to do it yourself.
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