Sensor cleaning in London?


alulacheery

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 13:06
Hi!

Can anyone recommend a place for to get my sensor cleaned in London please? I seem to have a lot of dust on there so feel it's time for a proper clean, I am based in central London and would much prefer to go somewhere with areocmendation!

Thanks!

Jemma

gartmore

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 13:11
Jemma, its very easy to do yourself.

Just about everyone here will tell you about their favoured method. I've never needed to clean the sensor on my K20d since the built in shaking method works but with my DS I use Eclipse Fluid and swabs.

Make sure your camera's batteries are fully charged, take off the lens and select sensor cleaning from the menu. The mirror will go up and the shutter will open; then follow the cleaning manufacturer's instructions.

You aren't going to touch the sensor itself but a fairly robust piece of glass in front of it.
Ken
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Gwyn

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 14:16
Jemma, I, and many others on the forum use an Arctic Butterfly brush.

http://www.visibledust.com/

If you go the Eclipse route make sure you get the right fluid for your sensor.

Alternatively Pentax have a sensor cleaning kit.

I'd suggest starting with the Arctic Butterfly and only go the wet route if that doesn't shift everything.

A full battery is essential. The first time is nerve racking but it is easy to do.

alulacheery

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 14:42
I must admit i have tried with swabs myself, but I seem to accumulate dust an awful lot, in any case I wanted to get it done professionally as my results juts aren't cutting it at the moment!

I will bear the artic butterfly in mind though, something else to save towards

Thanks!

beginner

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 15:44
I've just cleaned a friends Nikon with my butterfly!....It had just been back to Nikon for a full service and clean....there were 3 pieces of debris on the sensor!....If you want a "pro clean" ,try ringing our friends at SRS!..I'm sure they will put you in contact with someone!...dont forget to tell them you are a member....all the best Ken
K20D...ist DS ,DA18/55,DA16/45.DA* 50/135,"A"1.7 50MM..."A" 70/210..M 50mm f2...Tamron 90mm macro,28/300 Tamron,200/500 Tamron 6.9....A Pentax DA*300... Sigma10/20,FA31mm 1.8 Ltd*********,FA 77mm Ltd!

fatspider

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 16:33
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I've just cleaned a friends Nikon with my butterfly

I tried that with my K20D, but all the dust from the wings made a mess of the sensor, so I sold it to CardifGareth

Seriously though I got some "Green Clean" sensor swabs from SRS quite some time ago, did my istD & K10D, worked just fine and not had to do them since, cant recal ever cleaning the K20D.

Dont think SRS do them anymore but I'm sure they'd have something similar.
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Oggy

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 17:21
Another vote for the Butterfly. Top kit.

beginner

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 17:28
fatspider wrote:
Quote:
I've just cleaned a friends Nikon with my butterfly

I tried that with my K20D, but all the dust from the wings made a mess of the sensor, so I sold it to CardifGareth

Seriously though I got some "Green Clean" sensor swabs from SRS quite some time ago, did my istD & K10D, worked just fine and not had to do them since, cant recal ever cleaning the K20D.

Dont think SRS do them anymore but I'm sure they'd have something similar.

He's a right card that spider!..
K20D...ist DS ,DA18/55,DA16/45.DA* 50/135,"A"1.7 50MM..."A" 70/210..M 50mm f2...Tamron 90mm macro,28/300 Tamron,200/500 Tamron 6.9....A Pentax DA*300... Sigma10/20,FA31mm 1.8 Ltd*********,FA 77mm Ltd!

JonSchick

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 17:30
Very rarely have to do it with my K-7 but micro 4/3 needs sensor cleaning more often as the thing is so exposed when you change lenses.

With my dSLRs, I have never needed to do anything beyond using a rocket blower, which has blasted off every bit of dust I've ever had, and is a cinch to use.

With the GF1, there has been one occasion when this was not good enough, and "green clean" sensor swabs sorted that out quickly and brilliantly.

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alulacheery

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 17:56
Looks like i will be having another go myself, I just seem to get such a lot of dust in there fairly frequently but i do like to change lenses regularly too so it looks like an Arctic butterfly would be a good investment.

Thanks for all your help!

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 18:04
When I had my *istD I had to clean it every couple of weeks at least. Used Eclipse fluid and swabs myself, now just the rocket blower with my K10D.

Dan
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beginner

Link Posted 09/11/2010 - 18:23
When you change your lenses,alway's keep your camera pointing downwards!...it does make a difference!
K20D...ist DS ,DA18/55,DA16/45.DA* 50/135,"A"1.7 50MM..."A" 70/210..M 50mm f2...Tamron 90mm macro,28/300 Tamron,200/500 Tamron 6.9....A Pentax DA*300... Sigma10/20,FA31mm 1.8 Ltd*********,FA 77mm Ltd!

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