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
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.
Sun 09-Dec-12 04:40 PM | edited Sun 09-Dec-12 04:47 PM by mkbee1
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.
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.