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Tidying up sensors, lenses and other photographic items from dust, fungus, liquids etc.

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How does automatic sensor cleaning work?

My Canon 5D MKIII DSLR often does sensor cleaning when powered off and occasionally I'll go through the menu and specifically run a sensor clean when I've been shooting in unusually hazardous ...
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Is it risky or difficult to wet clean an image sensor?

I've discovered spots on the image sensor of my DSLR camera that cannot be cleaned using a blower bulb, so I would like to know the risk of problems, such as further image deterioration or damage to ...
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Can smudges and grease marks add to the problem of lens flare?

I want to know if smudges (finger prints etc) and grease marks in specific have any effect in increasing the lens flare. As those who wear glasses may already know about the problem of flares caused ...
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Why does my HTC cell phone lens appear so dirty, and how can I clean it?

My cell phone lens that looks dirty; or, I'm not even sure it qualifies as a lens — it's the transparent cover. See the photo below. I'm not sure if the lens was always like this or it happened at ...
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How to get sand out of the sensor?

You know whats fun? Playing with a camera on the beach. You know whats not fun? The aftermath. I don't know how it's managed to get in the actual sensor area, but it has. I have a Canon 5D and I ...
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How to clean a wet filter?

I recently bought a few expensive filters (100x100mm / 100x150mm). After a session of shooting in the beach the filters got wet, one from a splash and the other seems to be a bit wet because of the ...
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UV to kill fungus

Are UVA leds effective to kill fungus or is sunlight better (it contains UVA and UVB)? What is the recommended power? Related: Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?
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How to safely clean the rear element of a lens

I was cleaning my lenses when I suddenly realized... I had no idea how to clean the back element of the lens. I asked Google and he only talks about the front of the lens and how you can earn money by ...
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Is it possible to get an eye infection using a camera's viewfinder?

Is there any chance of eye infection from using a viewfinder? If so how can we get rid of that? How can we clean a viewfinder?
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How to set up a safe environment to clean inside an old lens?

I have a couple of old lenses from film SLRs that I picked up at an opp shop a few weeks ago. A few of these lenses are in pretty good shape, except the fact they have fungus growing inside the lens ...
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Why are compressed-gas dusters not recommended on the mirror of an SLR camera?

Every compressed-gas duster (including Dust Destroyer and Dust-Off brands) contains, among others, the following warning: Never use on camera mirrors. What is the potential risk here? I've used ...
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Lens cleaning pen - disappointed by results, is this working right?

I just got one of these for the first time, a lot of threads on here recommend them and they seem like a great idea. Bought a Nikon one from amazon for $8 and while I really like the brush it seems ...
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Lens Cleaner Recommendations

What is, in your opinion, the best lens cleaner? Which do you think is the most effective/best value for your money/most easy to use, etc. Please include advantages/disadvantages as well as price and ...
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Will cleaning up the reflect mirror under strong sunlight damage the sensor?

I was cleaning up the reflection mirror under the strong sunlight in an afternoon, after that I realized that could potentially damage my sensor, since I found the mirror is somewhat semi-translucent, ...
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Colored powder in a lens: will it need a cleaning?

I was taking photos of people playing Holi. Some of the powdered colour landed on the lens of my Canon Powershot S95, and in the groove of the flash housing. By lens, I mean the cylindrical part that ...
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How to clean contacts on my canon 1100d DSLR?

I keep getting an error message on my canon 1100d, when taking photos on my 70-300mm tamron lens when the lens is on 300m it wont take the shot, it keeps showing an error message about the contacts ...
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What to do about persistent dust spots on my DSLR?

I need an advice I have dust spots appearing systematically on pictures (with blue/white/grey skies & aperture > 9) I understand this can happen, I understand how and why it happens, especially ...
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What exactly is a “circular motion” when using a lens cleaning pen?

The instructions for the Lenspen lens cleaning tool as well as those for similar knock-offs all say: Wipe the lens surface with smooth circular motions. "Circular" can be interpreted in several ...
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How to clean an actual CMOS sensor? (Not the IR low pass filter)

All of the "sensor cleaning" instructions I've found are actually for cleaning the IR low pass filter in front of it. Unfortunately, I've got a tiny bit of tape residue on the actual CMOS sensor of ...
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Should I clean my camera sensor, or take it to a professional?

Possible Duplicate: Best way to clean the sensor on a digital SLR? Can anyone offer me advice on how to clean my camera's sensor? Should I do this myself, or take the camera to a ...
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100 year old hand painted backdrops - How to gently clean?

We have just taken possession of a group of hand painted back drops that are somewhere between 70 and 100 years old. They hung in a neighboring Masonic Lodge for all that time. Do I dare try to ...
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How to get rid of dustmites on the camera and accessories?

I usually store my camera inside the carrying case which I received with my camera. Sometimes the camera lays still for several weeks without any activity. When I took out the camera recently, I ...
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24-105mm Lens Cleaning

I've recently come back from a caving trip where there was quite a bit of (surprise surprise) mud and dirt around me. While I did try and take care of the camera (I carry all my gear in Pelican Cases) ...
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How often should I clean my lens?

You may have read Lens Cleaner Recommendations, and now I would like to know how often to clean my lens. I have been using one lens for about a year without cleaning it yet and recently got a new zoom ...
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How can I avoid dust on my eyecup rubber?

The Nikon DK-21 rubber eyecup just collects so much dust and I have to wash it regularly to keep it clean. Any suggestions on how to keep this clean in the camera bag and when handling the camera? or ...
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What is the best way to clean lenses and filters?

After removing dust with an air pomp and a brush, what are you using to remove stains from the lens and filters? So far I'm using the liquid from a Giotto's CL 1002 cleaning kit for the lens, but I'm ...
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Can I use spectacle cleaning wipes to clean camera lenses?

Can I use spectacle cleaning wipes (alcohol based) to clean camera lenses? I know it shouldn't be used on plastic (like LCD), but is it OK for lens?
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Lens not attached message on nikon d5000 with nikon 24-70mm

I recently bought a Nikon 24-70mm for my D5000, but I soon had the "lens not attached" message on my screen. The message disappears when I slightly rotate the lens a bit more. I've searched online ...
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Is it safe to use alcohol to clean DSLR cameras?

I'm going to photograph a surgery in an operating room, and although I'll be using an special sterile cover for my camera, I've been asked to disinfect my equipment too. I wonder if it is ok to use ...
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Why does my sensor require frequent cleaning?

I have a Nikon D300 and in the past couple years I've found that it seems to require sensor cleaning very frequently, something like once a week or more. I've been dry cleaning with a combination of ...
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What is the safest way to clean a greasy camera body?

My skin gets oily very rapidly, and as a result everything from my keyboard through to the (already very glossy) body of my NX100 has a thin sheen of oil building up on the most handled parts after ...
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How to take care of a new lens?

I'm planning on purchasing a new lens for my camera for macro photography, specifically this one: Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 I've heard that it is a good idea to put a "UV filter" on front on the lens. Is ...
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Lens in salt water - now what?

My lens was flooded by a salt water wave. It is a 55-200 lens and now there are little water drops on the inside of the front element and some salt around the body. Is there anything I can do to ...
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How to clean a camera after being exposed to sea spray?

I went camping on the beach over the weekend. One of the scenic areas I went to was very windy and had waves crashing hard against some rocks. So there was a lot if sea spray in the air which ...
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How to take good care for camera bags or pouch?

How do we maintain the camera bags or pouch so that when we put our camera inside, we feel that our camera are safe and sound?
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What are the right cleaning tools for an APS-C sensor?

I have got my gear ready for a long holiday in next month, but I'm pretty much confused when it comes to having the right tools for cleaning a sensor. The typical procedure I have experienced from ...
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Is there a good way to physically clean prints if they get gunk on them?

Cry for Help I have just mounted a large (24" x 16") print onto mounting board using a spray adhesive. This is for an exhibition in 3 days' time. Some of the adhesive got on the front of the ...
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Does shooting my photos in RAW and converting them help to correct small spots of dust on the lens?

I have found a statement on one of Russian sites: They (photographs) often shoot in RAW, and it, in turn, removes various small spots in the form of dust on the lens when converting. Is it ...
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What settings should be used for self-cleaning sensors?

This question mentioned a self cleaning sensor. I have a few questions in reference to self cleaning sensors. Is there a reason to clean the sensor at startup, shutdown, (or both) automatically? Can ...
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Is a self-cleaning sensor necessary when using only one lens?

The Canon 1100d lacks a self-cleaning sensor. If I use this camera without ever exchanging the lens, is the absence of a self-cleaning sensor a bad 'feature'? Are the bodies of modern DLRS cameras ...
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How to clean a circular polarizing filter filter?

Having some problems here guys. I have a 67mm Marumi CPL, which I have used for quite a long time. I keep it clean with a blower and some microfiber. However, until yesterday, I didn't notice some ...
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How do I to clean prime lenses' internals? Or should I even try?

I have some very old primes (grandfather's 1950s Exakta Varex lenses, ranging from 28mm to 85mm) that I've been really enjoying on my Sony NEX with an adapter. It's partially sentimental, but I've ...
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How can I clean a camera effectively?

My camera lenses are getting particles and such on them, and whenever I take very close up (Macro) Picture, I can see these particles on the image. There are also fingerprints on the LCD screen. There ...
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How do I clean the external forward-facing glass on my lens?

How do I clean the external forward-facing glass on my lens? Over the last year or so of use it has accumulated a little dust and a translucent smear mark. Nothing serious, but I'd like to remove ...
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How can I clean the sensor on a Panasonic LX5 compact camera?

I've noticed there appear to be some specs of dirt on the sensor of my panasonic LX5 and was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to clean the sensor on this camera? I found this link which has ...
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Dust-like speck visible every few pictures — is it dust, or worse?

I seem to have to dust-like speck on my Sony Cybershot S950's lens, but it appears randomly every few pictures. Could something be going bad internally?
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Where is this dust located on my sensor?

I have a really nasty looking piece of dust on my 550D's sensor, situated in the top right-hand corner of each image I take with anything higher than f/11. I am going to get a decent sensor cleaning ...
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Can you use alternative brushes to clean DSLR sensors?

A lot of praise goes to Arctic Butterfly when doing DIY sensor cleaning. However are there cheaper solution to brush off dust by using other non-sensor cleaning specific brushes? Most high quality ...
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How to clean an oily spot from the camera body?

This is very trivial. You are eating some food, you grabbed your camera for some reasons and inadvertently you left an oily finger print on your camera. It should be easy to remove right? But it ...
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Is dust in a zoom lens a problem which should be addressed?

I have accumulated some amount of dust inside one of my zoom lenses, visible through the front glass. It does not appear to affect picture quality as far as I can tell, but I wonder if this is ...