I'm getting closer to jumping into the digital pond, but I still have some more things to think about. For example, CCD cleaning... so, here's the question: how many times have you cleaned your CCD since you got your camera? Or, how often (i.e., how many shots or days between cleaning) have you had to clean it?
Three cleanings with Eclipse & Sensor Swabs since August 2002, probably 2 blow jobs (sorry about that) between each contact cleaning, depending on how many lens changes per shoot. I've only taken about 4000 shots with my D100 since August last year.
Hi Keith...I use my D1x professionally and have over 13,000 actuations just in the past 7 months. I periodically clean my CCD just with a blower, nothing more, nothing less.
At times yes, I see blotches but I feel one should not worry too much unless of course they are huge and black. One reason for you to go with a DSLR is your desires for interchangeable lenses and the Nikon quality. I too felt this before going digital, but now it is part of my work flow just to blow off dust that accumulates from time to time.
Since December 2002, zero cleanings and one compressed air job but I think I'm going to send it in next week for a cleaning. I have over 4000 shots on it since then. I live in Japan and there is a quick turn around here and it only costs about $5 to have it done.
I got my D100 last summer when it first came out, and haven't had to clean it yet. Over 5000 photos, uncountable lens changes and luckily enough no sign of dust on the CCD yet. Off course I'm jinxsing myself for saying that...
DaveDosch Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but bubbles.
DaveDosch Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but bubbles.
I've been so careful with my D100 thus far. I don't change lenses much, and when I do, I am downright neurotic about the process. I always first turn my camera upside down so that the lens opening faces down. Then I have my lenses ready and right within reach. When I do change the lenses it is in a matter of seconds. So far so good and I've not had any dirt or dust problems. Now I know that reality dictates that dust will be present, but it hasn't shown up yet.
Don't wait any longer - make your jump soon. I have not shot any film with my F5/F100 units since I jumped into digital. Digital spoils you that much...instant results. The bad thing was that I had several bricks of Fuji Velvia and Provia slide film on hand, and haven't used them. They have since expired by six months or more (a total of 60 rolls of film...geeezzzz. Some would argue that I should of shot them or given them away. I'm telling you Keith, once you get into this digital thing, film seems like an ancient process. Would I ever shoot film again? Yes, but only slide film...if someone requested it (but I won't tell them that the film has expired..he, he, he).
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I got my D1x almost a year ago. I have cleaned the CCD at least six or eight times. I haven't kept a log. I estimate that I have about 20,000 digital image captures in that time.
Also, Nikon has cleaned the CCD twice. One right after I got it because there was a dust bunney on the brand new CCD. They also did very thorough camera and CCD cleaning when I had the buffer upgrade done.
Like others who have posted, I am very careful when changing lenses. However, I do a lot of outdoor photography, often in dusty conditions. When I notice dust spots on my pictures, I clean the CCD. Its become almost second nature. It only takes a few minutes and the dust bunnies are gone!
I have used Eclips fluid with Sendor Swabs, as well as the Wendy's knife and Spatula menthods. I prefer the last two. In general I have not had much luck with a blower.
I'm sure once you make the switch to digital you will never regret it.
I purchased everything I needed to clean my CCD, but so far all that has been needed is a blower. Purchased in August, changed lenses very carefully many times, (Indoors and outdoors) and more than 2,000 shots.
I don't have a D100, maybe someday. I'm an old (OLD) darkroom man and I used a product called Zerostat to clean dust off a negative before I made a print.I pointed it at the negative and squeezed the trigger several times. It was white and handgun shaped. I don't know if it is still made, but maybe this will help your dust problems. If I get a D100 maybe I'll look for a Zerostat or look for my old one.
Twice in three months. And the first time... it was a saga that I'll pass on as a warning about why everyone on here talks about bulbs!
I first noticed a couple of specks about 6 weeks after buying the camera, so I decided to blow them off using a can of compressed air. Some of you are shaking your head already, I can see it now.
I read up on it, and took the warnings from the manual and the internet to heart... DON'T TILT THE CAN! So, I screwed up my courage, removed the lens, pointed it downward and slightly to the side (to avoid tilting the can), locked up the mirror, and started blowing. And then in happened - the family stupidity kicked in, and without thinking, I tilted the whole job to get a better angle! Out squirted liquid, coating the CCD with photo-molasses.
I looked on in horror. One thing was going through my mind over and over... "Please let it evaporate, please let it evaporate..." I gave it some time to dry (while banging my head against the wall and chanting "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid" - I kid you not, I really did that). Finally, I re-attached the lens, and took a test shot. OMG, panic! It was just peppered with blobs! Here's a link to the test shot if anyone cares to see the results. I didn't want to embed the large picture, so you'll need to cut-and-paste into the browser address bar (Warning: Not for the squeamish!): home.golden.net/~brierley/Dsc_2840Compressed.jpg
So I had to take the drastic step of swabbing. To make a long, story painful, all worked out ok in the end, my CCD was squeaky clean after about four swabbings, and I was forced to get over my paranoia about cleaning the CCD. I have since bought a bulb blower, and a can (of anything) will never again approach within 10 feet of my camera! As a curious aside, after doing the swabbing, I seemed to notice that the pictures were sharper than those right out of the box. Obviously this is subjective, but I'm wondering if anyone else noticed anything similar?
I hope you find this educational, and perhaps a little inspirational, since I can attest that the CCD is not as fragile as we at first think! I'd also like to say that I'm only a part-time moron. Most of the time I CAN tie my own shoes. Honest!
You're not alone in spraying your CCD with propellant from an aerosol blower - I did just the same first time I tried to clean my D1; I don't like to remember the feeling that I'd just wrecked £3500 worth of camera.... And, like you, I found to my great relief that Eclipse / Sensor Swabs cleaned the mess up with no damage done.
Thanks Alan. It's nice to know I'm not the only one, and like you, the feeling I had when I realized what I'd done is something I'd not like the experience again! Glad it all worked out for you as well.
Three months 4000 shots 1 cleaning. I'm not even careful about changing lenses anymore. It's a tool and I use it. When it's dirty, I clean it. Don't get me wrong, I don't leave it open, but I read a thread about a guy who wraps his lenses in bubble wrap to protect against dust! I bought a D100 for convenience.
I've cleaned my CCD once, and should probably do it again. I didn't think I had any dust until I did the test procedure outlined by Thom at http://www.bythom.com/cleaning.htm
I was amazed at the crap on there. I clean it using the Eclipse solution and Pec-pads with the rubber spatula. It got rid of all the dust. The only thing that remained is two small spots that I can't get rid of. I'm going to send it in to Nikon for cleaning.
I got my D100 half a year ago, and I have cleaned my CCD once using Eclipse & Sensor Swabs. I was so afraid to touch anything inside the camera, but after first cleaning, I realized it's very easy, and when done carefully, you'll have everything clean.
at least once a week...i change my lense everyday...i don't know why people get scared of chaning there lenses...why did they buy a slr camera then?...swabs and soln...all it takes...lots easier then cleaning slides or negatives for scanning....thats for sure...jump into digital now...prices or dropping...canon or nikon....they both are awesome...its the person behind the view finder