Ref. to Post: Air Blower is Not Enough
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.
#1. "RE: Ref. to Post: Air Blower is Not Enough" | In response to Reply # 0Nicholas Registered since 25th May 2002Mon 14-Oct-02 07:12 AM
That's great you're able to remove the dust from your CCD with that method.
In my year with the D1X however, and according to Thom Hogan and most D-series Nikon owners, some particles are just determined to stick to the filter and MUST be removed with methanol. Thom has said recently that it's not totally clear why they get stuck, but they do. I have tried every type of blower/vacuum, including both together, with no success dislodging the stuck dust. I've found that with stringent working conditions, an AC-adaptor and a well made swab, one double swipe with Eclpise gets all of the stubborn particles.
In your case, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
#2. "RE: Ref. to Post: Air Blower is Not Enough" | In response to Reply # 1VidCam Registered since 10th Jul 2002Mon 14-Oct-02 07:56 PM
>That's great you're able to remove the dust from your CCD
>with that method.
>In my year with the D1X however, and according to Thom Hogan
>and most D-series Nikon owners, some particles are just
>determined to stick to the filter and MUST be removed with
>methanol. Thom has said recently that it's not totally clear
>why they get stuck, but they do. I have tried every type of
>blower/vacuum, including both together, with no success
>dislodging the stuck dust. I've found that with stringent
>working conditions, an AC-adaptor and a well made swab, one
>double swipe with Eclpise gets all of the stubborn
>In your case, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
Thanks for your reply Nicholas and I'm sure you are correct along with Thom Hogans ability to define this in more technical terms.
I admit, I am strictly a layman in this regard and am fortunate at this point to be able to rid these particles with my method so far.
As far as particles determined to stay put unless they are swabbed, my laymans guess is that it has to do with the heat build up of the CCD and than possibly being hit with some cold air means by some causing a possible bit of condensation/moisture to these stubborn particals in turn making them stick. That is just a thought of course. In examining the CCD the best I can with a magnifying glass,
>I note that I do not see any blotches from particles as of yet. Further, I never used my breath to attempt to remove the particals being of course the moisture factor blown against the possible warm CCD. Again, please regard all the above as from a laymans view point having no technical grounds to stand on to argue any of it. I may add, when I worked with special optics and prior to their coatings we had to use blown air that was total moisture free better known to us as special static air guns.
#3. "RE: Ref. to Post: Air Blower is Not Enough" | In response to Reply # 2Nicholas Registered since 25th May 2002Mon 14-Oct-02 08:48 PM
I'm not as learned as Thom Hogan, but I have been at this cleaning business for going on a year.
I will give you my VERY layman analogy to stubborn dust:
If you live in the southeastern part of the US as I do, hot and humid weather means tons of insects, flying and otherwise. Service stations here sell a windshield washing fluid formulated to remove bugkill from our windshields. If you've ever let them accumulate on the glass, they just get harder and harder to remove, like they were oozing an epoxy or some such.
What this has to do with a precision instrument like a D1X, I'm not sure, but it's fun to digress once in a while.