I just want the weak of heart to know that cleaning the CCD of your D100 isn't really all that hard. I carefully followed the directions in the manual (yes, I bought the EH-5 adapter) and all went smoothly. I did the work while standing on a tile floor and actually brushed myself off with a damp cloth to avoid any static electricity.
I knew there was one really large particle causing a shadow and one or two smaller ones. When I opened the camera, I could see the largest ones and I blew them away with my trusty blue baby aspirator (1.79 at a discount store). I bought it just for this purpose. (No, it's not been in any baby noses.)
Just to record my cleaning operation, I took a photo of a white board at f -16
before and after the cleaning. I also shot the white board at f 2.8 after the cleaning. I applied photoshop 'autolevels' to all photos to make the dust really show up. (See attached) It seems to be the consensus that one should not worry about small particles because they rarely show in a photo.
I know the opinions vary on this. For now, I do not feel the need to actually TOUCH the CCD. Perhaps in the future I will need to do a more thorough cleaning, but for now, I'm quite happy with the results and just wanted to encourage those who may be nervous about doing this.
"If you ever drop your camera into a river of molten lava, let it go, because, man, it's gone."
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#1. "RE: D100 with a cleaner CCD" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberTue 14-Jan-03 09:30 PM
Great job, Lela,
I am definitely encouraged by your success. My D1 is a disaster of dust. My D100 is starting to show it.
Thank you for the excellent job of documenting the before and after state.
Can I borrow that EH-5 for a couple days? :-P
#2. "RE: D100 with a cleaner CCD" | In response to Reply # 0benherrmann Registered since 17th Aug 2002Wed 15-Jan-03 12:38 AM
Great job. You know, I've been meticulously careful with my camera body and lens, and prior to changing a lens, I have everything laid out. Then I turn the body upside down and in a matter of seconds, my lenses are changed. So far, no dust problems, but that nagging thought about CCD cleaning has been bugging me. You made it look so easy. My wife of 25 years laughs her head off when she sees my neurosis as I try to accomplish this task.
Of course, it would be nice that in the near future, cameras are released with some type of CCD cover/plate, etc., that will prevent the sensor from getting dirty or damaged. At least in this way we could clean the cover portion with a wipe, or what have you without the fear and worries about doing so. I figure Nikon should get to this workaround sometime during their D7 model!!!
Ya gotta luv it...
#4. "Actually the D100 sensor IS covered..." | In response to Reply # 2RRowlett Charter MemberWed 15-Jan-03 01:16 PM
...by a lithium niobate anti-alias filter. As long as you take care not to use any hard objects when cleaning this filter, there is no danger of damaging it. Several threads on this site describe in detail how to construct a cleaning device for safely swabbing the sensor assembly to clear it of dust. (You need a rubber spatula--and some simple carving skills--PecPads, and some Eclipse solution.)
I made it about 6 months before dust started creeping into my D100. For me, using the baster bulb simply moved dust around or created even more dust specks. A quick swab removed all the specks, large and small. I now clean the CCD about once a month, whenever it is in need of it. It takes about five minutes to set up and about 5 seconds to clean the CCD.
It would be nice to think that putting some sort of dust shutter in front of the CCD would solve the problem, but unfortuantely, it probably would not work. Every time the shutter opens to expose the CCD, the contents of the camera body, including dust, will have access to the CCD surface. One way or the other, it will eventually get dirty. Probably the best strategy is to make the CCD easy to access for routine cleaning. Good lens-changing technique does reduce contamination, and should be standard practice with a digital camera.