Sensor cleaning is not something to get excited about. It’s kind of like having to go to the dentist for a toothache. Unfortunately it’s just one of those things that needs to be done from time to time.
For me, it’s my Canon 60D that needed the attention. I’ve been noticing some annoying spots on many of my pictures, especially those that have clear, blue sky in them. Pesky spots that need to be either cropped out or cloned out. A real pain in the neck!
The thought had crossed my mind of sending my 60D to Canon for a “Professional” cleaning. Researching this option discouraged me. Seems there are lot of people complaining that either their camera came back just as dirty or sometimes even worse than when it was sent in.
My browsing led me to B&H, one of my favorite online camera shops. I found the Sensor KlearLoupe Kit by Lenspen. This little kit came with a lighted loupe for really seeing what is stuck to my sensor, and a nice articulating cleaning pen for reaching in and wiping away the dust. It also came with a nice Hurricane Blower.
Following the included instructions, I put the 60D into manual sensor cleaning mode, locking up the mirror so I had a clear, unobstructed view of the sensor. The loupe rests against the body of camera, and there is an adjustment for height. Once I got it dialed in, I could clearly see the little bits of dust on the sensor.
The instructions mention trying to use the blower to remove the dust. That didn’t work ,so I put the loupe back on and started to use the pen. I could see that I was removing the little dust specks, but when I put the lens back on and took a test shot, I could see some dust had appeared again. It took several more attempts to get ride of the dust. I was pleased about that, but discovered something else. There is some dust stuck to the bottom of the prism. I can see it through the viewfinder, but it doesn’t affect the pictures.
Cleaning the mirror or prism isn’t recommended. For now, I’m going to leave it and do some more research. It’s not really a problem that affects image quality, but it still bugs me! There may be a part 2 to this post if I’m able to find anything helpful about this.
That’s it for now. Until next time – Happy Shooting!