Here are the results of the second sensor cleaning on my D600 at 1700 images. The first was at 1000 images.
Here is the actual Blue Sky test image take at f/32 with the Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens.
Even this amount of dust was not showing up on my normal images.
I also did a test image using the procedure described on the Cleaning Digital Cameras Web Site:
I used a light brown background color. Notice this is just as good as the Blue Sky test images and a lot quicker to capture.
I used the FireFly blower, the VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly 724, and the Sensor Pen for one persistent spec of dust. I did not need the wet method.
The VisibleDust 7x LED loupe made things go faster. It took four tries to get the following result. After I get more experience cleaning sensors, I probably will only need one or two tries.
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#2. "RE: Second Sensor Cleaning" | In response to Reply # 1mpage Registered since 29th Jun 2004Thu 18-Apr-13 11:48 AM | edited Thu 18-Apr-13 12:22 PM by mpage
I cannot say which device was most useful because they are an ensemble group of tools. In this case I did not need the wet tools.
After getting the test reference images, I employed the following:
1. I Used a micro-cloth to clean the outer rim of the camera chamber and the corresponding lens mount. I do this often. I also use a bulb blower on the chamber between lens changes.
2. I examined the mirror and chamber using the VisibleDust Loupe. There was a bit of dust on the mirror and around the chamber. I used the FireFly blower on the mirror and chamber. I also used an old set of VisibleDust Sensor Brushes that I got for my Nikon D100 years ago. These brushes are now only used on the mirror and chamber. I blasted the brushes with air from the FireFly blower and then brush away any dust in the chamber or on the mirror. Any dust in the chamber or on the mirror could easily find its way onto the sensor. This is the reason it is important to keep the mirror and chamber dust free.
3. After I was happy with the look of the mirror and chamber, I exposed the digital sensor and used the FireFly Blower. I then used the Arctic Butterfly.
4. I repeated the process in No. 3 a few times, taking a test images after giving the sensor a good look with the loupe.
5. There was one persistent speck of dust on the sensor. I used the SensorPen on this small area of the sensor.
Note on the VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly. The brush is good, but the lights are terrible. Even though there are two LEDs, it is dim. I use an LED headlight to get good illumination.
Also never let the Arctic Butterfly, or any other sensor brush, touch anything except the sensor and air blasts from a bulb blower or a FireFox blower. Keep brushes secured in the storage case.
If you forget and allow the brushes to touch any other surfaces you will need to clean the brush using a special solution.
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#3. "RE: Second Sensor Cleaning" | In response to Reply # 0
You did a really good job. I have never been able to clean my sensor very well except when using wet swabs. When I use a blower, it removes some dust but mostly seems to just move it around. At a Nikonians workshop a few years ago, I saw a sensor brush demonstrated, and it worked very well. However, when I got one and tried using it myself, I almost immediately got it contaminated with oil or grease when I inserted it into the camera. I have stuck with wet swabs ever since.
#4. "RE: Second Sensor Cleaning" | In response to Reply # 0
So far a rocket blower is all I've needed but I have never had the amount you had on any of my DSLR'S including my D600. Thanks for the post it gives me additional options when cleaning.
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