I am about to overcome my trepidation about sensor cleaning. Can someone walk me through the mirror lock-up routine? And with a fully-charged battery can I assume there is no danger of the mirror closing in mid-swab?
#1. "RE: Sensor cleaning a D40X" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 15-Aug-10 06:19 PM by MotoMannequin
Livermore, CA, US
It's really not at all complicated. Yes make sure you have a full battery or power adapter. Then, locate the MLU item in the tools menu, activate it, then press the shutter button and the mirror will lock up. Turn the camera off to let it back down.
My advice about swabbing: I recommend you avoid wet cleaning unless it's absolutely necessary. Dry cleaning cures 95% of my sensor dust problems.
Some people recommend a Giottos Rocket Blower as a first pass, and I used to do this, but now I find it just moves dust around and lets as much in as it blows out. I use a Sensor Sweep from Copperhill in conjunction with a Sensor Loupe from Visible Dust. It couldn't be simpler. Look through the loupe, see the dust, pick it up with the Sensor Sweep. No more test images, perfect clean every time. In rare cases where I have a piece of welded dust or pollen, I use the wet/dry swabs from Green Clean. I find that the cleaner in these swabs doesn't evaporate as fast as Eclipse, which makes it much easier to avoid streaks on the sensor.
#2. "RE: Sensor cleaning a D40X" In response to Reply # 1 Fri 17-Sep-10 06:21 AM by Reilly M
Thanks Larry, I finally got the nerve up and just did it - not so scary! I only used a Giotto and while it may have only moved the dust around at least most of it departed the sensor! I held it face down while I blew so hopefully it fell out; yeah, right. Next time I am going to hold it over a vacuum, though not too close!