just curious from other dslr owners...
just using the hand held blower is not enough to clean the sensor, i still have to go in and use pecpads and eclipse soln...
same experience with others?
another ?....how hard is the sensor filter ccd?...it is really that easily scratch damaged?...i heard no and yes...i not care is need when cleaning...
#1. "RE: air blower is not enough" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberWed 09-Oct-02 02:26 PM
The anti-aliasing filter is made of a very thin slice of Lithium Niobate - a brittle material which has a hardness of about 5 on Moh's scale. So you have two dangers: first that you could break the filter if you apply too much pressure and second that you could scratch the surface if the dust comprises of particles of a harder material and you push them around with the swab - hence the instructions to moisten the swabs and only use them once.
#4. "RE: air blower is not enough" | In response to Reply # 0
I have had my D1x for over a year now and have used only the hand held blower. That is all that has been necessary for me. When I see evidence of dust I use the blower along with the AC adapter as recommended by Nikon. Works fine for me . I have read about others having problems getting the CCD clean, using the solution with pads. And I thought that I would have to do that. In fact, I bought the Eclipse solution and pecpads. They are still unopened. Someone in the D1scussion forum (a pro, not sure if it was Rob Miracle)said that is all they have done too. Maybe we are just lucky. I don't live in a dustfree environment and a pro can't avoid dust. When you say using the blower isn't enough to clean the sensor, do you mean that it doesn't look clean or that you still see evidence of dust in your pictures? That is what counts.
#5. "RE: air blower is not enough" | In response to Reply # 4mrdinh Registered since 07th Aug 2002Fri 11-Oct-02 01:20 AM
fotabug, i mean i still see spots in my pictures...but with pecpads, eclipse...etc...then it does the job...wonder if that is the case for most people?...but then again if i don't shoot the blue sky then no spots on my shots..
#6. "RE: air blower is not enough" | In response to Reply # 5fotabug Registered since 01st Mar 2007Fri 11-Oct-02 03:02 AM
Sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble. I do understand that others have been plagued by dust too. It can be a problem with interchangeable lenses. I am one of the lucky ones, being that the hand blower does the job for me. Right from the start, the CCD appeared so clean and shiny and spotless. This isn't the way other cameras arrived to their owners, I understand.
I do use the sky for my test - regularly shooting a test or two and when I see a few spots in the sky I blow the camera out, being careful to follow recommended procedures like holding the camera face down, changing lenses where there is as little dust as possible, etc. Most often, I check the camera out before every shoot. For some excellent suggestions, I would recommend going to Thom Hogan's web site and reading his instructions. There are some very good threads on in this group too. Do you have the book by Moose Peterson and David Cardinal? I would recommend it also. They also have an informative forum, where CCD cleaning has been discussed.
Hope you find a successful way of keeping the CCD clean, and the trail smooth and dustfree.
#7. "RE: air blower is not enough" | In response to Reply # 0
>just curious from other dslr owners...
>just using the hand held blower is not enough to clean the
>sensor, i still have to go in and use pecpads and eclipse
>same experience with others?
>another ?....how hard is the sensor filter ccd?...it is
>really that easily scratch damaged?...i heard no and yes...i
>not care is need when cleaning...
Months ago, I found a way and posted how I clean my own CCD and it's been working fine.
Using the AC Apapter along with the following items.
This is by no means an advertisement by the way.
I use these items being I had them around the house and gave them a try.
1. 3 oz. capacity ear Syringe, SunMark by McKesson.
2. 2 inch wide shipping tape, Highland 3710 by 3M
When the tape is pulled off the roll rapidly, it causes a static charge to the tape which draws dust/particles to itself.
Immediately I place a piece of tape, large enough to cover the camera lens mount leaving a small opening to enable placement of the Ear Syringe to blow 2-3 puffs into it.
Without anything to draw out the dust/dirt particles such as the tape, one is merely blowing the particles around and some settle back.
Don't waste any time in tearing off and placing a piece of this tape while the static charge is still present.