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Cleaning the D3 sensor..............

delaneyb

London UK, UK
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delaneyb Silver Member Charter Member
Fri 10-Oct-08 09:30 PM

Hmmm, I've read it was difficult, but honestly I passed this over as 'just talk'.

After 8 months of ownership and a few jets with the Rocket Air, I finally had to admit that the D3 sensor needed a clean. No problem I though I'll just use the digi-pad and eclipse fluid I have used on my D2X previously. I had even got the FX size digi pads and the E2 fluid to do the job. Problems.......
1. There is virtually no space around the FX sensor and I found it impossible to move the pad across the sensor without catching the edge of it on the sides of the mirror box and plucking small pieces of lint off the swab.
2. Similarly its virtually impossible to get the full size pad into the corners of the sensor.
3. E2 fluid leaves residual 'spots' where the pad is removed at the end of a pass.

The result - a far dirtier sensor than I started with!

So I cut the edges of the pad back to a smaller size, switched to methanol and used 11 (!) swabs with the rocket air in between. I used the swabs selectively in the corners and to 'dip' onto areas of stubborn particles without spreading more elsewhere.

I now have a clean sensor again, well almost, there are a couple of very small spots in one corner.

Questions?
1. is there a swab that is a more 'solid' pad that won't 'pluck' on the edges and is more accurately formed to the exact size of the sensor to get in the edges?
2. How easy is it to damage the filter with methanol? Once or twice, or a remote risk?

Tx

Brendan
Nikonian in London (Tower Bridge area) UK

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