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Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera

mkbee1

West Valley, US
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mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012
Thu 06-Dec-12 08:19 PM

Hi, all;
Is it possible to clean the camera body memory card contacts by using something like a PecPad, moistening it with either sensor cleaning fluid, denatured Alcohol, or Deoxit, then sliding the strip down the card slot? Or, would putting any of the cleaning agents on an old card's contacts, then inserting and removing the card several times work, or am I just creating more problems?
Thanks;
Carl

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Sat 08-Dec-12 07:00 PM

Do you have a problem with the card contacts or are you just playing what-if?

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mkbee1

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#2. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 1

mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012
Sat 08-Dec-12 07:32 PM | edited Sat 08-Dec-12 07:33 PM by mkbee1

The short answer is Yes.
I've read opinions on the forum about dirty interior contacts being a possible cause of malfunctions.

Never experienced the problem, myself, but I didn't have dust on my sensor for the first 5 years of camera ownership, either. So, when it happened, I gathered all the info I could, and cleaned the little bounder myself.

I figured if someone here had tried the self-cleaning route, I could be prepared in case the "Unthinkable" happens.

From the silence, I guess it must not be a common problem, or everyone takes their cameras to the neighborhood repair facility.

Carl

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aolander

Nevis, US
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#3. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Sat 08-Dec-12 07:47 PM

I've not heard of anyone having to clean the card contacts. You couldn't clean CF card contacts (tiny pins), but messing inside the camera without good reason would not be my recommendation.

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mkbee1

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#4. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 3

mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012
Sun 09-Dec-12 04:40 PM | edited Sun 09-Dec-12 04:47 PM by mkbee1

Alan;

That's sort of what I am thinking. A woman that was in a photo class I took worked at a camera repair facility, and told us that interior memory card contact problems were the most frequent repair they did.

I was in a camera shotp in Hawaii, and a fellow brought his Nikon in, saying the memory card contacts inside were farbled. I wondered how you could do that, because it is very difficult to even start inserting the card into my camera the wrong way. I figure the lady must have seen more than a few, because she didn't even hesitate; she told him she'd need to send it to the repair facility.

Thanks.
Carl

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gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#5. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 4

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Fri 14-Dec-12 02:32 PM | edited Fri 14-Dec-12 02:34 PM by gkaiseril

Many use the philosophy of "Do not force it get a bigger hammer" and can get all sorts of things to fit were others have failed.


From an old saying about 8.5 inch floppy disks:

There are 8 ways to insert a CF card into a camera, only one will provide a unique and desired result.

It is possible to carefully move the CF card in and out of the contacts and have the movement remove some surface corrosion. If a card is always left in the camera the chances for oxidation to build up is lessened than if the camera is stored without a card. Also keeping cards in a sealed case can reduce corrosion.

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mkbee1

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#6. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 5

mkbee1 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2012
Fri 14-Dec-12 03:52 PM

George:
The card storage idea is definitely helpful information. Comes under the category, "Now, why didn't I figure that out?".
Thanx;
Carl

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MEMcD

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#7. "RE: Cleaning memory card contacts inside the camera" | In response to Reply # 6

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sat 15-Dec-12 02:32 AM

Hi Carl,

I would recommend a Gepe Extreme Card Safe .
I have several of them that I have been using for years.

There are memory card slot cleaning tools available but I have never tried one so will not recommend a specific brand.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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