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MBPierre Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2004Thu 07-Apr-11 08:30 AM
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"DIY Sensor Cleaning the D7000"


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I have only had my D7k since January and have taken very few images. However it seems that my sensor needs cleaning. Does anybody have a Step by Step Guide on how to clean the sensor on the D7K? I do have the sensor cleaning option turned on at start-up, and thought this would be the end of my sensor cleaning woes (my old D70 needed quite a few sensor cleans. The cost & inconvenience of having the sensor professionally cleaned in Australia seems prohibitive). I already own a Giotto Rocket blower and plan on using that first.

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PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Thu 07-Apr-11 11:44 AM
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#1. "RE: DIY Sensor Cleaning the D7000"
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This article is a good one:

http://www.bythom.com/cleaning.htm

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MBPierre Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2004Thu 07-Apr-11 12:03 PM
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Thanks Peter
I had seen that article previously when I was wanting to clean my D70, but wasn't sure if was applicable to the D7K.

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beemerman2k Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Mar 2006Thu 07-Apr-11 01:40 PM
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There's already a long and involved thread on this topic concerning the D7000. Page down a bit and you'll see it. For some reason, this camera's sensor seems to be a dust magnet as I have already had to clean mine twice in the 3 months I've owned it. My D70s was a lot more dust resistant than this.

In any case, I have come to embrace products from VisibleDust.com They work well for me, so they are well worth the investment.

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PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Sun 10-Apr-11 04:46 PM
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>Thanks Peter
>I had seen that article previously when I was wanting to clean
>my D70, but wasn't sure if was applicable to the D7K.

I can't see why the article couldn't be applied to any DSLR of any brand. Good luck with the cleaning, Peter

  

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MBPierre Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2004Mon 11-Apr-11 10:36 AM
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Gold Coast, AU
          

Thanks for the advice. I have tried the "Rocket" blower. Unfortunately it had no affect, so I'll have to try wet cleaning with sensor swabs.
(NB.Thom Hogan's book on the D7K also has sensor cleaning advice, similar to his often updated article on sensor cleaning)

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rodsky77 Registered since 08th Jan 2008Sun 10-Apr-11 02:33 PM
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Definitely try the Rocket blower first - the large one - it has helped me out tremendously quite a few times. I've tried cleaning a sensor once, it is a very meticulous and difficult task, well, at least it was for me. Once you start doing the cleaning, you have to complete it, and the results may not be what you expect, if you don't do it just right.

>I have only had my D7k since January and have taken very few
>images. However it seems that my sensor needs cleaning. Does
>anybody have a Step by Step Guide on how to clean the sensor
>on the D7K? I do have the sensor cleaning option turned on at
>start-up, and thought this would be the end of my sensor
>cleaning woes (my old D70 needed quite a few sensor cleans.
>The cost & inconvenience of having the sensor
>professionally cleaned in Australia seems prohibitive). I
>already own a Giotto Rocket blower and plan on using that
>first.


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Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003Mon 11-Apr-11 10:59 AM
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#7. "RE: In favour of a rocket blower"
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It is good for dust but not liquid marks on sensors.
It is also good for lens front and rear elements, camera mirrors and camera eyepieces.

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Mon 11-Apr-11 12:55 PM
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>I have only had my D7k since January and have taken very few
>images. However it seems that my sensor needs cleaning.

How did you determine this?

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MBPierre Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2004Tue 12-Apr-11 10:04 AM
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#9. "RE: DIY Sensor Cleaning the D7000"
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Gold Coast, AU
          

I had noticeable dust spots in some of my images so I followed Thom Hogan's advice and took a photo of a uniformly light subject (in my case a cloudless blue sky) at f22 and 100iso. The dust spots were very easy to see without any post processing.

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jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010Tue 12-Apr-11 11:52 AM
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#10. "RE: DIY Sensor Cleaning the D7000"
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My own test for spots involves 100 ISO, smallest aperture I can dial, one meter away from a poorly lit white wall, at home. Focus for infinity, exposure time gives me around two seconds, and through this time I move the camera in circles, to make sure it is impossible for the slightest imperfection on the wall to print. Only dust will show, and very clearly.

Sometimes the rocket blower isn't enough to get the largest ones out, so I repeat until the major offenders have been blown away. Total time for the operation is less than ten minutes. The end result is still not perfect, but more than adequate to shoot real-world skies.

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MBPierre Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Oct 2004Tue 12-Apr-11 12:01 PM
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#11. "RE: DIY Sensor Cleaning the D7000"
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Gold Coast, AU
          

I again tried the rocket Blower, this time coupled with a Nikon body cap with a 9mm hole in the middle. I placed a 10mm long rubber sleeve over the base of the shaft on the blower to prevent it getting too close to the sensor, then puffed the blower numerous times. This still wasn't a success , so I had to resort to wet cleaning. I now have a clean sensor, thanks to Eclipse Solution and Sensor Swabs. The whole process has given me more confidence to be able to clean my sensor whenever it is needed. Thanks again to fellow Nikonians for friendly, non judgmental help.

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