|Lovely house ... shame about the sensor dirt!|
I suppose, like many other folks, I was somewhat anxious about cleaning my sensor. I was imagining all the things that could go wrong and how I could end up in a bigger mess than when I started. I also realised that I wasn't going to be able to live with the sensor as it stood and I wouldn't be happy fixing the problem in Photoshop when a clean would resolve the problem.
A chat with Rod at Auckland Camera gave me the confidence to go along, run through the process and buy the necessary bits to enable me to keep my sensor in a clean condition. The confidence gained by Rod from running through the process many times made the process seem less daunting and I soon had the necessary understanding and confidence to tackle the problem myself.
|A dirty sensor ... lots of dirt all over the place!|
I've attached a couple of photos for you so you can compare the before and after results of cleaning the sensor. I knew there was a few spots of dirt, but really, when you look at the first image it's filthy!! It really was in serious need of a clean. Oh, the funny shadows you see in the image are just from the lens, it's not a faulty sensor.
You can definitely see the big piece of dirt and this explains the unpleasant smudge you see on the first image in this post.
|The cleaned sensor :-)|
So, what did I use? Three things really. First of all a blower to clean out the camera both with the mirror up and mirror down. Then I used the "VisibleDust" swabs and sensor cleaning fluid. It's a straightforward process and can yield, as you can see from the two shots above, some pleasing results.
|Equipment used to clean my sensor.|