“I’ve always had my camera sensor cleaned at a camera service center. The truth is, I’m not techy at all and I’m a bit of a klutz, so I’d worry about doing something to the sensor if I did the cleaning wrong. However, the last professional clean that I did cost me an arm and a leg after their rates went up. So, I think it’s time that I learn to do this. Any advice?”
Thanks Jansis, and yes, I feel your pain... technology and I are not good friends either. Like yourself, I was a little intimidated by cleaning my camera’s sensor but the truth is, it’s actually pretty easy and it’ll save you a good chunk of cash! Here’s a quick, bullet-point overview:
If, however, the sensor is not clean, then you’ll need to do a more intensive clean. There are a number of ways to do this (e.g., wet clean or with sticky silicone pads). Given the fact that you’ll need to touch the sensor with these devices, I’d like to share some links to show how it’s done. For an overview of how to do what's known as a "wet clean", click here; to see how sticky silicone pads can be used to clean your camera's sensor, click here.
FYI, these links videos do not represent endorsements of the products therein... I’m just sharing them because doing these types of cleanings involves more delicate work and, as such, I think it’d be more helpful to actually see how it’s done vs. just reading my description about it.
Anyway Jansis, if you’re like me (and many others, I'm sure), your first time cleaning the sensor will be a little nerve-wracking. Once you get the hang of it, though, I'm sure you’ll make it a regular part of your camera maintenance. Good luck.
So, any other tips for Jansis? How often do you clean your camera sensor?
Tony Colangelo is a residential and commercial photographer, as well as a photography coach, based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a long-time contributor to PFRE and is the creator of The Art & Science of Great Composition tutorial series.