After reading and asking and even writing to Nikon with no reply about the best way to clean the particals off the CCD, I came to my own conclusion and tryed it. it worked great. My D1X came new and out of the box, my first shots had spots. Nikon has some way to clean the CCD but why was mine dirty as new ! I believe I didn't get an answer being we are on out own with deciding what to do. Syl Z.
There was a thread on this subject a while back but, rather bizzarely, it was in the Repair Shops forum.
As I mentioned on the other thread there have been a lot of suggestions made on the web as to the best way to clean the CCD/Anti-aliasing filter, and some of them are not good advice. But as you've found it is quite possible to do it yourself, and very successfully - you just need to be careful.
I know there will be Pro & Con's about this but I will pass on the way I have come up with in cleaning my D1X CCD. I thought about this for awhile, experimented with it on other things and I found it worked totally for me. Of course the AC Adapter is needed to go through the procedure to get to the CCD. 1. After the lens is off, follow the manual procedure to lock up the mirror and having the CCD visible. 2. It didn't matter if I had the camera facing up or down during my procedure. 3. Items I used to clean with: 3 oz (new) Ear Syringe, Sunmark, by MKesson, Roll of Tape-2" wide 3M Highland 3710, better used as a mail wrapping tape. 4. Be sure to be on a clean desk or area with no dust or dirt near. 5. With Syringe near, briskly-rip off a piece of tape approximately 4-5 inches long and immediatley place it over the lens mount leaving a very small opening at one side to puff the Ear Syringe into. NOTE: The tape if used quickly will create a static charge and when the Ear Syringe is puffed in under it, the flying air borne particals will be drawn to the tape. I did this procedure 2 times and my particals were gone, all of them. No more spots. NOTE 2: Practise this on something with the tape such as possibly over an ash tray or something without using the Ear Syringe of course. On my ash tray, the tape piulled up butts and all at the same distance it was used on the camera. If someone comes up with a better static producing tape it would be great to hear about. This is one I happened to try of many others that worked. In one of my posts, I mentioned that I had spots on my very first shots out of the box (new) camera. I haven't had any spots now for several weeks and that is with much usage. Good Luck. Syl Z. Excuse the quick typing, my wife wants me to finish washing down the ceiling
Vidcam, Like the posts before me said, there are tons of opinions (including my own) on this and other sites. If your's works well, there should be no reason to change. One question, however, how are you checking your results? The most efficient way is to shoot the sky at 22, then do an auto-levels, then actual pixels. If your method shows no dust, then that's great! My experience has shown me that, even with the most fanatical care while cleaning and shooting, dust WILL continue to accumulate on the CCD because it is NOT air-tight, and will actually start getting stuck to it. That's why Thom's method is the best one I've tried. After cleaning (generally once a week), I usually wind up with 0 or 1 speck of dust. Everyone's usage is different, so if it's not broke, don't fix it.
I'm sorry but when something is placed in writing on the fun side, normally an exclamation point is placed at the end. Further, if the intent was to be funny, a follow up by the poster would have been appropriate than it may have been understood. Some people do speak for themselves and that always helps. I thought this was forum and input on digital etc. not critique on how people place information. As shown, I am a new member and maybe a vet stretched things a bit far and I haven't been around long enough to see the humor. Many view points to be considered............
Sorry if you were offended by an attempt to interject a little levity into the conversation. I thought the laughing smiley face at the end of the sentence was a clue as to the tongue-in-cheek nature of my comment. Many of us here have developed a rapport that includes seeing the funny side of things. It helps promote a comraderie among people from many walks of life, skill levels and interests.