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

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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 ...
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What are the best methods for cleaning really dirty lens elements?

I bought old M42 Pentacon 50mm f1.8 lens from a car boot sale. It works but is pretty dirty and it has also dirt inside (no mould/fungus though). Opening the lens is not a problem but I would like to ...
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What should I know about cameras and tear gas?

Asking this now as a "just in case" measure. I may be creating photos this weekend in an environment which has a greater-than-zero chance of involving tear gas. Anything I should know about from a ...
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How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?

Recently, I've been doing a lot more photography, particularly with my 100-400mm telephoto and 16-35mm wide. I am skilled enough that I can capture the shot mostly as I want with just the camera gear, ...
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How to remove sand from the lens cap?

I was shooting at the beach and the lens cap fell into the sand twice. I brushed it clean, but there is still sand in the opening mechanism. I can press it to remove/place it, but I feel the strong ...
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Is it safe to clean SLR lenses with pressurized computer dust cleaners?

Is it safe and a good idea to clean DSLR lens using computer dust removal, which has powerful air pressure ?
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Can I clean dust from a scratched sensor?

I have a camera with a scratched sensor (a Canon 1Ds Mk II) - can I clean the dust from the sensor? And if yes, how? By using the wet method? Or just by blowing air? The scratch is in the middle. ...
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Why does my Nikon D90 make a strange sound during built-in sensor cleaning, when my friend's D90 doesn't?

I noticed a quiet sound (like squeaking) when using the built-in sensor cleaning of my Nikon D90. In some forums I read about many people having this behavior with the Nikon D700 and some Canon ...
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Why use a small aperture when trying to see sensor dust?

Here and there I read of people who set their lens to a small aperture while testing their sensor cleanness, supposedly to get the best image of dust speckles. However, the image of the on-sensor dust ...
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Is acetone safe and effective as a lens cleaner?

I recently came across a clip on youtube which showed the process of making camera lenses. I noticed them using acetone as a lens cleaner. My question is how effective is acetone as lens cleaner? Will ...
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How do I get rid of these different spots after sensor cleaning?

I've just cleaned sensor on my Nikon D40x for the first time using sensor swabs and Eclipse solution. Here is a picture taken before cleaning and after . Dark spots on the first photo do not appear ...
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How effective are in-camera integrated sensor cleaning systems, and have they improved?

Few years ago, Canon introduced some sort of internal sensor cleaning system that (as far as I understand it) shakes the sensor off any dust it collected during use. This shake is very high frequency. ...
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How do I protect my camera in a smoke filled environment?

I'm going to start a new project soon, "People in bars". I think it will be fun, and I think I'll capture a lot of interesting faces. The thing is, bars are harsh environments for DSLRs. Obviously, ...
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How should I use lens cleaner?

I got a free lens-cleaning kit with a lens I bought the other day. It has a small bottle of alcohol lens cleaner, but I'm not sure how to use it, should I apply it directly to the lens, or onto a ...
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Advice on cleaning/oiling ball-head?

I've had a Markins M-20 ball-head for a number of years now, it's been a great head but this winter it's started to become harder to adjust so I figure it's time to clean it (probably long past). ...
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Microfiber Lens Cloths

You can find microfiber lens-cleaning cloths on the web for less than $2, or pay $6 for a "Canon" microfiber cloth (or buy at a retail camera store for $15-20). Are all such cloths pretty much the ...
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how to properly clean inside a scanner

I have an Epson Perfection 2400 PHOTO Scanner. It has been a great device scanning both printed images and negatives. It is about 5 years old. Over time, I have noticed that the scanned image ...
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How to properly clean a camera

I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT. When I look through my camera's viewfinder, I see a tiny speck near the bottom middle. It seems to cause my camera to not focus well (I have autofocus (AF) turned ...
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Cleaning a sticky DSLR lens

I was on vacation recently and some coke accidentally splattered on one of my DSLR lenses. It was dark and I was pushing a stroller, so I didn't see what was going on until it was too late. I ...
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Is it worth it (or even possible) to clean a microfibre cloth?

If I get a microfibre cloth dirty (e.g. by dropping it on the ground), is it possible to clean it (in a washing machine, for example)? Or should I just throw it away and get a new one? Thanks! ...