You’ve seen them in photographs and videos, often hours after a photo shoot when your fresh images are full screen on a large monitor. They appear as circular dark blobs, unnatural discs in an otherwise perfect blue horizon. They are called dust bunnies (or dust mice) and they are the bane of all DSLR owners. At some point during the life cycle of your camera, you’ll have to combat them if you change lenses.
The easy route is to ship your camera back to the manufacturer and have them do a full cleaning. This is often time consuming as it can take weeks to get your camera back from the service center. Provided you have a local camera shop with knowledgeable people, they may provide this service for a nominal fee and turn it around within a few days, if not hours.
If you travel for your photography and often find yourself shooting in locations that may not provide access to this type of service, you may need to service your camera in the field. It’s not terribly difficult provided you have patience, average dexterity and one of the cleaning tools mentioned below. The one critical caveat is that a careless application of any of these tools could potentially damage the protective optical glass that often sits above the photoreceptors on your sensor. So, proceed with caution.
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