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Sensor Cleaning your old cameras?! e.g. 5D MkI

H . JM , Mar 05, 2012; 05:27 a.m.

Hi people
My question in a nutshell, is I have a 5D and over last 6 months I took it to Canon for sensor repair twice, and now I need to clean it again! It's too costly to take it back there...

I tried the dust blower method as well as direct sensor cleaning e.g. special brush...both did not work with me. So I am sure many of the professional members here in photo.net have worked out some methods around cleaning the sensor...

Please Enlighten me!


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Jack Nordine , Mar 05, 2012; 06:26 a.m.

Which Canon service center did you take the camera to and what did they charge you?

H . JM , Mar 05, 2012; 06:35 a.m.

So I am in Sydney Australia and I took it to the official Canon repair centre here, cost $50 because I wait for it to be finished, so less work for them...but still my canon 5D collects dust like crazy these days and wondering of practical points, methods, or internet links that some users agree with or tried and works for them... thanks

Jos van Eekelen , Mar 05, 2012; 06:56 a.m.

Search the archives, this question has been answered very often. Have a look at http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/ for an overview/tutorial of how it works.
The 5D-I is a dust magnet but with the proper care it is not so much of a problem. DIY cleaning is not too difficult but it takes some practice.

Glenn Pollock , Mar 05, 2012; 09:03 a.m.

The best site I have found for this is http://www.copperhillimages.com
I use their cleaning supplies and methodology and have never had a problem cleaning my lenses or camera sensors. Their website is also a wealth of information!

Greg Luna , Mar 05, 2012; 09:03 a.m.

I just boxed up my 5D to send off to New Jersey for a sensor cleaning. I bought it used a couple months ago and was a bit horrified by the dirty sensor when I reviewed my small aperture landscape photos while traveling in Mexico. I'm guessing that it was probably not cleaned by the previous owner. I used to change lenses all the time with my old Rebel under very rough field conditions (archaeology). I've decided to avoid lens changes in the future with my 5D when I'm in the field or traveling. I'm even set on picking up a 50D so I can have multiple camera/lens set ups while I'm out and about. I kind of miss those days of paranoia free photography. Maybe the 5D is a magnet, even my lens/filter seem to be dusty whenever I inspect them.

Sravan Nerella , Mar 05, 2012; 09:19 a.m.

If blower and special brush is not working, you need a wet cleaning. IT is not that hard. You just need a clean place with the AC turned off etc and wait 15 min for the dust to settle in the room before you try it.

G Dan Mitchell , Mar 05, 2012; 09:45 a.m.

This worked for me on a 5D and a 5D2: DSLR Sensor Cleaning


Rob Bernhard , Mar 05, 2012; 09:48 a.m.

[[ I've decided to avoid lens changes in the future with my 5D when I'm in the field or traveling.]]

This will not help. The best solution is to learn how to clean the sensor yourself.

Greg Luna , Mar 05, 2012; 10:33 a.m.

Bummer! Guess I'll have to learn some maintenance cleaning after the professional cleaning. Especially since I just spent $37 just to FedEx the camera from PA to NJ! Still going to get the 50D for convenience and flexibility of adding the 1.6 camera and it has interchangeable batteries/grip/remote shutter/etc.

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