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After shooting quite a few f/32 landscapes this weekend it was apparent that I could no longer put off cleaning my sensor. At Cutter's recommendation, I purchased the Copperhill kit for a couple weeks ago, but have been a little apprehensive about using it.

I took a shot yesterday afternoon of the blue sky at f/32. I opened it in PS and used auto levels and then turned up the sharpening. There were over 80 separate specks of dusk and a fiber clearly visible.

I used the kit as directed and reshot. I would say it removed 85-90% of the alien matter, which is about as advertised for the first cleaning. I'll be doing it again this evening and then I should be in good shape again.

If you have a DSLR and change lenses regularly I'm afraid eventually you'll have to learn how to do this. Either that or you'll spend alot of money to have a professional do it for you at $100 a pop. It's really not a big deal.
 

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I am a big chicken and will probably just get it done occasionally. At the rate I am taking pictures these days (pretty slow) it will not be an issue!
 

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I'll open the mirror and blow mine out, but won't touch the sensor. doing this regularly has always kept mine clean. I'll take it to the shop on Richmond once a year for a real cleaning, which is $60. For a $5k camera, I'd rather pay $60 and let someone else be responsible for touching the sensor. Just my opinion...
 

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I hear ya...

fishphoto said:
I'll open the mirror and blow mine out, but won't touch the sensor. doing this regularly has always kept mine clean. I'll take it to the shop on Richmond once a year for a real cleaning, which is $60. For a $5k camera, I'd rather pay $60 and let someone else be responsible for touching the sensor. Just my opinion...
I was using a bulb on mine as well, but these were stuck on. Eventually, (3) tries later the Eclipse dissolved them. I can see it through the progression of shots. I bet I'd be real shaky if I did your model Nikon!!!
 

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Congrats on getting the sensor cleaned RB. Its not too scarey after you have done it a couple of times. I dont get too quesy if I think about cleaning mine now (maybe thats a bad thing, I dunno).

However, I do see brett's perspective.. if its gonna get messed up, let someone else be responsible!! :)
 

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fishphoto said:
I'll open the mirror and blow mine out, but won't touch the sensor. doing this regularly has always kept mine clean. I'll take it to the shop on Richmond once a year for a real cleaning, which is $60. For a $5k camera, I'd rather pay $60 and let someone else be responsible for touching the sensor. Just my opinion...
Yep I have some dust on my Pentax Ds. I open it up and just blow it away. Mike on Richmond is good at repair work.
 

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Where does one buy the Coppherill Kit? I just checked my Brand new Canon 30D I bought yesterday, and it is appalling the amount of crud on the sensor. My 1.5 yr old 10D is almost spotless in comparison. BillS
 
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