I'd rather ask a some what basic question than have a costly repair. When the 800 was released and I made the decesion to opt for the D800 non "E" version as I was afraid of sensor damage if wet cleaning became necessary as it eventuality will. Well I got the D7100 for reach factor. Long on getting to the point is there some glass or other sensor protection or will cleaning be directly on the sensor Worried D7100 owner Jeff's Thanks all for responses
First, you don't want to put any type of protector on the sensor filter.
I find that the camera bodies that have automatic sensor cleaning at startup/shutdown are less likely to require wet cleaning than cameras that don't. Just use a bulb blower from time to time to remove any dust that may accumulate in the mirror/sensor chamber. However you shouldn't be afraid of wet cleaning. The filter in front of the sensor is pretty hard.
I too have a question about cleaning the sensor of the my D7100. Is there a specific cleaning fluid for the D7100 since it does not have the low pass filter? Or can I use the same cleaning fluid I use on them D300?
The expensive Eclipse fluid is just plain old Methyl Alcohol according to one poster who said they say the MSDS shipping data for it. I was surprised since I was lead to believe it was isopropanol based on comments from the owner of the company. In either case, they are safe on silicon glass and lithium niobate which are used for sensors and optical low pass filters respectively. Be sure, whatever the source of the Methyl Alcohol is, to keep the container closed between uses since these alcohols are hygroscopic so absorb moisture from the air. Any water can lead to slower drying and streaks. Flushing it with pure alcohol will absorb the excess water and keep it suspended so it is not a big deal. If streaks appear, the fluid might be contaminated or you are using in very humid environments. The sensor is pretty tough so you will likely never have to worry about damaging a sensor. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Even though it doesn't have a low pass filter it should still have an IR filter over the sensor. I would also recommend Eclipse fluid. If it's at all reassuring, they guarantee that if their product is used as recommended and damages the sensor they will fully pay for the repair.
It stands to reason that any sensitive sensor surface would not be left naked. After all, Nikon, knows that sensor cleaning is a routine maintenance procedure and would design the camera accordingly. Rest easy.