Dust on Digital Darrell's Sensor ... Noooooo!
I found some dust on my D600's sensor so I decided to clean it. I got my bottle of Eclipse fluid, some Pec pads, and a flashlight. I diligently made sure I had a fully charged battery, used the shutter lock up function in my camera to get the shutter out of the way, and commenced cleaning.
I squirted a little Eclipse fluid on my pec pad and noticed that it smelled kind of nice. I sniffed it for a minute or two and felt a little dizzy. I remembered that I was cleaning my sensor so I rubbed the pad back and forth on my camera's exposed sensor. Once I felt that it was clean, I went outside and took a picture of the sky. Back inside and—still some spots on the sensor. In fact, now there were more spots.
More Pec pads, more Eclipse fluid, and more pad sniffing. I woke up screaming in the front yard, with my camera lying on its back in a puddle of water, a still-running water hose in my hand, and my wife standing over me with a concerned look on her face. "Have you been cleaning your sensor, again?", she asked.
To make a long story short, it was difficult, but after a while I got the sensor clean enough. The water hose helped a lot!
I have come to understand one thing clearly: Dust is watching us!
After cleaning my camera's sensor, I decided to eradicate dust from my house. I started seeking dust, and found it. I crawled down behind the toilet, and found some dust collecting back there. I blasted it with an air can and it fled. I then sprayed the area liberally with Lysol to kill the nasty dust. I don't want it to breed.
Next I looked above my bathroom cabinet and found some dust lurking on top of one of the light bulbs. I unscrewed the bulb and put it in a ziplock bag for later washing in the yard with my water hose. I sprayed the air to make sure that dust wasn't trying to follow me out of the bathroom.
As I went downstairs, I saw it. Some dust was on my left arm! It tried to blend in, but I could see it hiding behind the hairs. I whipped out a moist towelette, eradicated the dust, and from excessive pressure the hairs too. I hope it doesn't scar. But, it was worth it, 'cause there's no more dust on my arm.
When I sat down at my computer, I noticed that my monitor had some dust on the bottom lip of the screen. I squirted a bottle of sensor-cleaning Eclipse fluid on the screen, and it ran down on the dust, effectively killing it and washing it away ... right into my keyboard.
After I replaced my keyboard, I noticed that my monitor was changing colors. Stupid cheap Samsung SyncMaster! I've been wanting to get a better monitor anyways.
I've figured it out! These little dust creatures are entirely evil and mean. They do anything they can to get to camera sensors. I think they must eat sensor surfaces, or breed on them, or else why would they go to such lengths to get on the sensors? I think I saw a dust crop circle on my sensor earlier today. They are clearly signalling their brethren.
As I sit here looking around the room, I realize that dust is everywhere around me. This is much worse than I thought. I'm going to go boil one of those allergy masks in Eclipse fluid, so that I can safely wear it. I don't want to be breathing this dust into my delicate lungs, especially after all that screaming I did at the sensor dust while spraying it with my water hose this morning.
Hmmm, my chest is still sore from screaming ... or is it? Could it be that dust is ALREADY in my lungs, and THAT's why they are sore? OMG, I think dust has gotten to me. It's killing me. I am going to go eat some moist towelettes soaked in Eclipse fluid. Hopefully that will help!
If you don't hear from me for a few days, it could be because of these guys in white coats that Brenda called. They just told me that they were going to take me to a special room to wait while they clean all the dust out of my house. Whew ... I just love my dear Digital Brenda.
Well, I gotta go. The guys brought me a special dust repellant coat with arm coverings and cool buckles for safety. I am gonna wear it for a few days to protect me while they remove the dust. I guess this will help my arm heal too!
Talk to you guys soon. Watch out for dust bunnies!
Keep on capturing time...
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Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com
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#1. "RE: Dust on Digital Darrell's Sensor ... Noooooo!" | In response to Reply # 0
#2. "RE: Dust on Digital Darrell's Sensor ... Noooooo!" | In response to Reply # 0km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Tue 11-Dec-12 07:28 AM | edited Tue 11-Dec-12 07:29 AM by km6xz
Darrell, you ought to save all that worry by buying my miracle dust vaporizer, only $22.99 but you must sign a NDA to prevent you from revealing it is just a sliver of broken toothpick that you jam in the lens aperture index arm that prevents stopping down to f/32. Works like a charm. It is a Green product, recycled and renewable.
On a more serious note, the cleaning solutions sold in tiny bottles for high prices are mostly the same, the main ingredient is isopropanol or dimethyl carbinol and if it has a slightly sweet smell, like your Eclipse, it also contains a bit of ethylene glycol butyl ether. Those are cheaper than bottled designer water by the gallon so lens cleaners are only expensive if you want them to be. A 50ml bottle of special magic lens/sensor elixir from a name brand actually contains about $0.05 in chemical costs. $10 at a industrial chemical supply house would yield 52 years worth of daily cleaning of your D600. It would last 1652 years if you also buy my miracle Dust Vaporizer.
I have to laugh at the fear of cleaning such a hard surface after years of periodically cleaning the diaphragms of my collection of vintage large diaphragm condenser mics. Each of those are worth more than a D4, and have soft gold sputtered 4-6 micron thick Mylar diaphragms on both sides of the capsule .5 to 1.4 inches across. Those are tests of skill and nerves while a hard surface AA filter is tougher than tooth enamel by a wide margin. The AA filters are not as hard as the sensor but still harder and more scratch resistant than stainless steel and about the same 5.5mohs hardness as plate window glass, which is pretty darn hard. We use dirty gritty, silica sand covered wipers scraping over our car windshields and think nothing of it, but afraid of the much softer, fluid lubricant/solvent dust removal of a AA filter. People are funny....
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#4. "RE: Dust on Digital Darrell's Sensor ... Noooooo!" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Tue 11-Dec-12 12:26 PM | edited Tue 11-Dec-12 01:50 PM by ericbowles
Whatever you do, don't do what I did. I left the body cap off my D600 over night. The next morning I got up and had drifts of dust all through the house. It was like a blizzard. So it's clear to me that Nikon has developed a dust producing sensor technology that takes pictures.
Good luck with the guys in the white coats.
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#5. "RE: Dust on Digital Darrell's Sensor ... Noooooo!" | In response to Reply # 0jgould2 Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007Tue 11-Dec-12 01:44 PM
Thanks for taking the time to write such a funny story! I clean the sensors on my half dozen SLRs on a regular basis and have never thought it was a big deal.
#6. "RE: Dust on Digital Darrell's Sensor ... Noooooo!" | In response to Reply # 0FFN Charter MemberFri 14-Dec-12 11:31 AM
Where can I get an audio version of your post? It is impossible to read on my screen because of the dust.
Samsung displays collect dust. Samsung is covering it up. They are trying to say it is merely oil spotting. I know the difference. It is dust. The oil spots are round and smear.
If this is the proper forum, I want to have a poll of other Samsung display owners with dust problems. My serial number is AA9493493405JSEKDCDKE2903033449qDDDDASDEE$R##.
If you have the problem, please post your serial number here. This is ruining my life. In fact, I have no life outside my Samsung display.
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