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

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How to clean the focusing screen?

Yesterday I was photographing an event and had to change a lot between lenses (50mm and 18-55mm). Surprise, surprise, today when I looked on the viewfinder I saw a little piece of fabric and a little ...
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What is the best way to clean the sensor on a digital SLR?

I've got a couple of spots of dust on the sensor of my Canon 20D - a rocket blower isn't shifting them, and I'm ridiculously scared of some of the more direct methods for cleaning sensors -- what ...
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How to separate and clean waterlogged negatives?

My photo boxes were waterproof but that meant they held the water the AC filled them with. I had to throw out all the prints but I have saved the negatives with seem to have grown to the sleeves. ...
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How to remove oil from aperture blades?

If you go on ebay or other second hand places, you'll see a fair amount of lenses that have oil on the aperture (particularly on older lenses). I've done some reading and it looks like this oil is ...
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Is a professional camera cleaning needed after a dirty, dusty photography adventure trip?

I recently returned from a photography adventure in Nepal. It's a very dirty, dusty country. I have a Canon 5D mk3 and a 35mm f1.4L lens. I have been inspecting my camera for damage induced by Nepal ...
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How can I clean the smell of cigarette smoke from my camera body?

I just bought a used Canon 600D, and one of the first thing I realized when I tried it out is that the body reeks of cigarette smoke. It smells like layers upon layers of nicotine are stuck to the ...
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How to properly clean a speck from my camera's viewfinder?

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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How do I clean the grime spots I'm seeing in my camera's viewfinder?

I was going to take photos one day and noticed these green/brown spots when I looked through the viewfinder of my Nikon D3200. So I took a couple shots to see if they showed up, but they did not. I ...
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How do I clean Micromax Canvas Gold phone camera lens?

I have a Micromax Canvas Gold and the front camera contains some dust particle inside the lens. Is there a way to clean this without opening the phone, or an easy way to do this?
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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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How to clean 35mm negative film?

What is a proper way to clean a 35mm negative film stripe before scanning? What chemicals can remove fingerprints, dust that does not come off by blowing, or strains of glue? What type of cloth does ...
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Does the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D have any dust related problems?

I’m planning on purchasing the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D very soon. It’s the only DSLR that fits my budget (other one is the Nikon D3100 which I don't plan to get). I like everything about the camera ...
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How should I clean my focusing screen?

While on holidays I managed to get hair and dust onto the focusing screen of my 550D. How should I clean this off. I have already tried a normal lens cloth, but that only made it worse.
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How to remove label adhesive from used lenses?

I just picked up a very nice used lens. The only downside is that there's some residual label gunk on the rubberized focus ring (also on the caps, but I can replace them without too much worry). I'm ...
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Does the size of blower matter to clean the sensor of the camera?

I'm planning to use a blower to clean the dust from my DSLR sensor, and there are several sizes of blower, such as this small blower: And on the other side, there is other bigger blower, such as: ...
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What is this yellow mark I get on dark photos?

I'm using a Nikon D3200 - new to photography. Whenever I take photos of the night I always get this yellow mark in the same spot. I thought it could be a dirty lens so I cleaned it with a microfiber ...
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can you remove a hair on the image sensor in light room?

i took a series of pictures yesterday and discovered that shooting around f/13, f/16, there is what appears to be a hair located on the image sensor and is visible in the pictures where the lens is ...
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How to remove dust from inside lens and prevent recurrence

I have read several questions here regarding dust in a camera lens: should I be worried about getting dust, will it affect the image, and is it a problem. One answer suggested that "zoom lenses are ...
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How to clean an old metal newspaper photo engraved plate?

I have an old metal engraved plate of a picture of my family that was used by the newspaper back in the 1950's. Unfortunately, it has a lot of white type spots of some kind of powder/crystal growth ...
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Whatever happened to dust?

Back in the day, lens cleaning was a front and center concern, with everyone discussing their preferred methods and products. I had a blower brush, tissues, and fluid as part of my kit. But now, ...
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Is cleaning shutter release from the battery compartment with alcohol safe?

I have a very irritating issue with my Canon 40D bought only two years ago: the shutter release is working only 1 times over 4 tries. After some google searches I found this solution: pour one spoon ...
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What type of cloth is safe to clean lenses?

Usually, we purchase a camera cleaning kit that comprise a cleaning solution, cleaning brush, cleaning cloth and a air blower. So, I was wondering if we can use other cleaning cloth (such as ...
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How to clean shattered UV filter glass from Lens?

I have a camera lens where the UV filter shattered when it was in my camera bag. I was able to remove the filter, but there's bits of glass on the lens. I currently just put the lens cap back on and ...
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Is this a genuine Nikon Lens Pen?

I bought this branded as a Nikon Lens Pen (came in "Nikon" packaging, etc. Same price as listed on Nikon's website). Only after opening & using it did my suspicion arise, it feels cheaply ...
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How to clean a studio light bulb?

Touching the studio light bulb is not recommended, because the oil which remains on its surface may damage it at high temperatures. If the light bulb was in contact with skin, how should it be ...
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Fungus cleaning from a Nikon superzoom

Happened to be a proud owner of Nikon Coolpix P600 till I discovered that ugly fungus on its lens! Contacted the Nikon India service centre at Kolkata and they said that there is no option of cleaning ...
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Does it matter which way the camera is orientated for the sensor cleaning to work?

With the advent of sensor cleaning in newer bodies - does it matter which way up you hold the camera whilst it is cleaning? I understand that the sensor cleaning works by vibrating the sensor to knock ...
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Grain of sand in view finder on Nikon D3100

I took my camera to the beach (stupid idea) and after I was back home, I realized I had a single grain of sand in my view finder. The good news, is that its not in the lens or on any of the pictures ...
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How to clean a lens filter?

What's the best way to clean a lens filter? I bought a used lens that came with a filter. The lens is in great shape but the filter clearly has smudges and streaks across the front. Am I better ...
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How can I replace this clear plastic rectangle from inside of my DSLR piece?

While cleaning my camera, this piece was scratched. What is its name? and is it possible to replace it?
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Can fingerprints and smudges “ripen” if left on a lens for a long time?

Something I read on the Internet and magazines (for example here) from time to time is that fingerprints and smudge can "ripen" if left on a lens for a long time. I find this a bit hard to believe ...
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How to clean a multi-coated filter and not damage it?

I have recently purchased a Hoya ND400 multi-coated filter and took it out for some shooting. I accidentally got a fingerprint on it and decided to clean it with my microfiber cloth. Unfortunately, ...
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Are these weirdly-shaped purple stains really from particles under the first layer of the sensor, and if so, what can I do about it?

I have those little particles on my pictures. There are a lot of them, as you can see, and they have different weird shapes: I already sent my camera for a sensor cleaning and the guys at the shop ...
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How to clean a lens cover?

I own an all-in-one camera: a Canon Powershot A710. I'm not aware what happened exactly, but now the automatic cover (the thing that opens when you turn on the camera and the lens pops out) is sticky ...
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Am I able to clean white background in Lightroom?

I have a photo of an object on almost clean white background (see below). As you can see the bottom of the photo is perfectly clean white, but the topmost of the picture is slightly gray which is not ...
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How do I clean dust in a Sony A55 SLT?

I am pretty sure I have dust inside of my Sony a55 SLT (Single Lens Translucent). However I'm not sure how to get rid of it or where exactly it is. I think it could be either on the translucent mirror ...
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Cleaning stains left by frost from the front of a lens

I just returned from about 3 days of shooting at night when the temperatures would start around 50 F and would drop to 18 F leaving a frost on the ground. The lens hood did a decent job acting as a ...
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Is it ok to breathe on the front glass element of a lens to fog it and clean it?

Nikon specifically recommends not breathing on the glass elements to clean them as harmful acids in the breath can damage the coatings on the glass. However, I've read on many other websites that it ...
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Removing rust from a lens's mount?

My wife gave me a used Pentax 50mm f/1.7 SMC-M for my birthday. (I know some people get Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctiluxes for their birthdays, but, y'know, kids to take care of and so on. And it's a very ...
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Is it possible to safely disassemble a polarizing filter?

I just purchased an Hoya PL-CIR filter off craiglists (I'm starting photography and it was cheap) and it looks like there is some dust/dirt between the two lenses. Is there a way to safely ...
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Dark spots - sensor toast?

I can't seem to get rid of some very annoying dark spots that are very noticeable under certain lighting conditions. I've taken a test shot of my monitor showing a white background and amped up the ...
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How to clean spit off my camera sensor?

A short while ago, I [foolishly] attempted to clean some specs of dust from the sensor of my camera by blowing on it. While this was successful in removing the dust, I inadvertently spat on the ...
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How and should I clean a single fingerprint off a filter?

I purchased a ND 1024x B&W filter and it arrived with a small fingerprint near the perimeter of the filter. Should I clean it or just leave it as cleaning would do more harm than its presence? ...
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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?