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06/10/2007 01:40:19 AM · #1
I've noticed a good amount of dust in my photos recently. Will something as simple as a blower work to remove it? I've heard of the Rocket Blower. Is this a good choice? Thanks!

Rocket Blower
06/10/2007 04:45:38 AM · #2
I have a good amount of dust on my sensor too, been using my camera for almost 2 years with a lot lens changing. I use my Giottos Rocket Air Blower to "try" to blow out the dust, this is the only method that I've been using so far. I've always tempted to try other methods but what keeps me away from those is that I always use apertures larger than f/10.

The rocket air blower is not the best tool to remove dust, but it is the safest way. Physically cleaning your sensor is the best way, but risky! If you shoot with small aperture exclusively, you would have a higher chance of getting a lot dust spots on your images, you should consider wiping your sensor, just google "sensor cleaning" and it should give you more than enough info on cleaning your sensor. Based on my experience and my dirty sensor(I know it's dirty because I tested with the smallest aperture value), I shoot most of the time with apertures of f/8 or larger and to this day I've not seen any dust spot on any of my images. If I shoot at f/22 then I'd see a lot of spots. Good luck to you, don't tress out too much on sensor dust, it's part of life. Try to remove those spots in photoshop, it's safer than physically touch your sensor.

Nathan

Message edited by author 2007-06-10 04:50:58.
06/10/2007 06:02:23 AM · #3
Try one of these. Very easy and effective.

//www.plazacameras.com.au/products/cleaning/butterfly.htm

If it doesn't work it's probably because the gunk on your sensor is really stuck fast. In this case just pay to have your sensor cleaned and then use the Arctic Butterfly regularly in the future.
06/10/2007 06:25:54 AM · #4
Be careful when you take the camera to the shop to have it cleaned. Take it with a card in it, date and time set properly. While in the shop focus on white and take a shot then focus on something with detail and take the shot. Take the card home with you. When you pick the camera up and before you leave with it, put the card back in and take the same shots. If they mess up and scratch it, you have proof it went in with dust only. Or you eat the cost for the new sensor. My two cents as someone eating the cost of a sensor from a "professional cleaning".
06/10/2007 12:40:14 PM · #5
Originally posted by Qiki:

Try one of these. Very easy and effective.

//www.plazacameras.com.au/products/cleaning/butterfly.htm

If it doesn't work it's probably because the gunk on your sensor is really stuck fast. In this case just pay to have your sensor cleaned and then use the Arctic Butterfly regularly in the future.


That seems really pricey! I think I'll try the $11 blower first. ;)
06/11/2007 12:36:13 AM · #6

Certainly try the blower first. I blew off my sensor with a very cheap plastic camping pump that came with a toy, and it worked really well (the pump has never been anywhere near sand or dirt - don't do it with a used pump that has been anywhere near dirt!)

The blower didn't get rid of all the dirt, but it did most of it. Just one big spot left that's noticeable over f10. Eventually when it gets worse, I'll get a good cleaning system, but the blower was great for now, and it was pretty easy and risk free.

07/27/2007 11:10:17 PM · #7
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Wow, now THAT's ugly!
07/27/2007 11:11:42 PM · #8
Originally posted by ivale28:

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Wow, now THAT's ugly!


Seen worse. Hell, I think my sensor is worse than that now... LOL
07/27/2007 11:17:07 PM · #9
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Took this today.
07/27/2007 11:17:33 PM · #10
I'm an slr newbie - I thought this was horrible! So in other words, tiem for me to relax? :-)

edit to add, I though MY dust was horrible. Thanks fotoman, now I feel much better!

Message edited by author 2007-07-27 23:18:30.
07/27/2007 11:38:52 PM · #11
Apparantly, you didn't see my post on the other thread.
Here is my DIRTY picture!
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You really must learn to relax!
07/27/2007 11:38:52 PM · #12
Originally posted by ivale28:


edit to add, I though MY dust was horrible. Thanks fotoman, now I feel much better!


Yeah, that's actually kind of embarrassing... LOL, but I rarely shoot over f/11 so I never see it. Still should clean it though.
07/27/2007 11:40:42 PM · #13
Phew! Okay, thanks! Feeling much more relaxed now!
07/28/2007 01:28:32 AM · #14
Originally posted by tiggermo:

Apparantly, you didn't see my post on the other thread.
Here is my DIRTY picture!
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You really must learn to relax!


Wow, you've got me beaten. I thought that mine was the dirtiest sensor around.
07/28/2007 01:50:10 AM · #15
Originally posted by Mr_Pants:

Originally posted by tiggermo:

Apparantly, you didn't see my post on the other thread.
Here is my DIRTY picture!
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You really must learn to relax!


Wow, you've got me beaten. I thought that mine was the dirtiest sensor around.


Hmm..if you are allowed to remove sensor dust in basic and 50% of the image is dust spots... :)

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