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Dust removal with household vacuum cleaner?

Fredrik Olsson , Jul 27, 2008; 02:28 p.m.


This is not a joking question if someone believes that: is it possible to remove dust from CMOS/CCD using a standard household vacuum cleaner?

Sometimes I find it difficult to remove dust with satisfaction from CMOS/CCD using a camera air blower. Why not use a vacuum cleaner instead? The extension tube on a standard household vacuum cleaner should fit perfect to gently hold infront of the lens mount of the camera body? This procedure should even work on camera lenses as far as I'm concerned. Has anyone here tried this yet?


/ Fredrik


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Minh Nguyen , Jul 27, 2008; 02:46 p.m.

I'm waiting to hear the result after you try it. :-)

Mendel Leisk , Jul 27, 2008; 02:50 p.m.

Just to clarify: is this with the vacuum set to suck or blow?

I use an old vacuum with blow capability to de-dust our computers periodically. It is quite effective. There's obviously no propellant danger, per canned air, but there may be fine dust being driven at whatever it is you are working on, not sure.

Fredrik Olsson , Jul 27, 2008; 03:02 p.m.


I'm thinking it would be best to let the vacuum cleaner suck, just to avoid blowing in more dust. Do you think this could do any harm to the components inside? Of course the extension tube of the vacuum cleaner will not be in physical contact with the camera components at all.

richard oleson , Jul 27, 2008; 03:27 p.m.

I'm not going to try it with my camera. if you want to try it on yours, i'll be interested to hear how this works out for you. There might actually be some contact between the vacuum hose and some camera components, if those components go flying up the hose into the vacuum cleaner.

G Dan Mitchell , Jul 27, 2008; 03:44 p.m.

What works _really_ well for me is the combination of a bulb blower and a sensor brush. I can usually get the thing virtually spotless in perhaps two minutes time.


Bob Atkins , Jul 27, 2008; 03:58 p.m.

Not only will a household vacuum cleaner remove the dust, it can also suck the shutter blades right out of the camera.

Probably not exactly what you wanted.

Tim Klimowicz , Jul 27, 2008; 04:43 p.m.

Yeah, I'm with Bob here. If you accidentally wander too close and the nozzle forms a bit of a suction on or in the lens mount, there negative air pressure will likely be so great that I'd seriously worry about some sort of little component being sucked right into the vacuum.

Also, maybe it's just me, but I definitely would not use a standard household vacuum of any sort to blow into anything like that, either. Vacuums typically collect lots and lots of dirt and dust, and you can never be sure how much of those millions of particles will find their way back OUT of the hose/vacuum when blowing.

Rainer T , Jul 27, 2008; 04:53 p.m.

And if it doesn't suck out the shutter blades, may be it gets primary or secondary mirror. (In the best case, something is disaligned after that treatment.)

Harry Joseph , Jul 27, 2008; 04:58 p.m.

It sounds outrageous cleaning your expensive DSLR with a household vacuum cleaner, but if the could invent a miniature version of a vacuum cleaner it might work !

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