Sensor Dust Sucks

Black Z Eddie

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I swear to god, I hate this shit. What pisses me off is I change lens in a pretty clean area and fucking still! Goddamn sensor dust shit. I'm aware I can clean in Lightroom, but, it doesn't do a very good job a lot of times.


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I got so tried of babying the sensor, I just said...fuck it. I sprayed it and the mirror with the lens cleaning solution and wiped dry with microfiber cloth. Tested it...still works and is now clean.

/rant

Edit: I'm an idgiot, my cleaning didn't fix it. I originally tested it at f2.8 (duh :wall:). I re-tested at f22 and is totally still visible.
 
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I got so tried of babying the sensor, I just said...fuck it. I sprayed it and the mirror with the lens cleaning solution and wiped dry with microfiber cloth. Tested it...still works and is now clean.
You're supposed to clean a sensor with appropriate sized sensor swabs, not just rub it with a microfiber cloth like you said, doing that incorrectly could damage it or simply introduce more dust and leave streaks.

 

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I use Peter Gregg's Sensor Sweeps when needed, but I don't live in a dusty country so it isn't much of a problem. According to Peter's guide to using the Sensor Sweep, it's safe to mist up the sensor with your breath before cleaning it.
 

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Sensor dust sucks. Clone brush doesn't.

But, holy mama, that is a substantial amount of sensor dust.
 

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Hmmm... that's a lot less of a terrifying prospect than sensor swabs and E2, assuming it works.
 

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Finally got the courage to do this. Overall, the Gel Stick did pretty damn good IMO. With a little more patience and persistence, no doubt the results would have been better. I'm thinking some of the stubborn spots are maybe from the translucent mirror.

Before Cleaning @ F22:



After Cleaning @ F22: not perfect, but, I normally don't stop down this far. Tried about 4 times and couldn't get the bottom left spots off.



After Cleaning @ F8: depending on exposure, the remaining spots are hard to see.

 
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