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Same way the negatives were made: wash in clean water with a drop of "photoflow" in it, hang up to dry in a cabenet to keep the dust away. Sleeve material varies. If it made a mess, I think it is somewhat water soluable, so long time soaking will help. Eventually it woll float free, like withnused stamp collectors :) if it's archival plastic and stuck due ...


As Hugo says, the amount of effort required to get at the aperture blades varies hugely from lens to lens, with more modern lenses (i.e. autofocus) being typically somewhat more difficult than (for example) most large format lenses, which often don't even require tools. However, to answer your question directly you can often (depending on the lens) do a ...


Weather resistant, which is what Canon and other manufacturers claim about their gear, can be a far cry from dust sealed. If you read Roger Cicala's blog you learn very quickly how little he regards the weather sealing claims of the camera makers. Here's the one about the fly inside a "weather sealed" lens. Also note his 1/25/2013 at 6:17 a.m. comment to ...


Start simple: use a damp cloth to wipe down the body. A microfiber cloth would work especially well. Again, it should be damp but not wet -- you shouldn't be able to squeeze water out of it. Your 600D isn't weather sealed, so go lightly around the buttons -- you don't want any liquid water seeping in around them. Repeat several times if necessary. Leave the ...


As a collector of old and sometimes, very smelly cameras, I swear by general household kitchen white vinegar! Equal part vinegar and water, dampen a cloth, and scrub away! You will be surprised! You can also half fill a small desert bowl with white vinegar, and then place that inside a cardboard box on one side with your camera on the other and by ...


Nicotine is a colourless and odourless liquid, and breaks down quickly in air. What you actually want to remove is tar. Removing tar from hard flat surfaces (your camera body) isn't so difficult, just use any cleaning wipe and rub vigorously. I don't know exactly what "rubbery parts" you have but as long as you don't use any aggressive solvents you could ...


A product I have had experience with is: Ozium, an impartial review of which may be found HERE. I used it when I had a janitorial business to rid smoke-filled spaces of the lingering tobacco smell and found it to work well. It's available as a spray or as an air freshener. I would recommend 'unscented' for your camera. I hope that helps.


I followed other's suggestions (wipedown, etc.). Additionally, I put it in a box with a small container of baking soda for a couple of days. Seemed to do the trick.


Cedar chips or kitty litter are safe and pretty fast-acting.


Whenever something smells, it's emitting material, and at some point the material must run out (it may take a while, but it can't take forever). First do a good wipedown of all durable surfaces, perhaps including some rubber treatment compound for the rubber components. Then, put it somewhere where it can outgas; somewhat warm, and with some air movement to ...


I've had this with things, its sickening. I've found with a good cleaning with antibacterial wipes (being careful about liquid ingress) and TIME (weeks, months) it will go away. Actually when I was a kid, I thought ALL airplane models smelled that that from the factory!! the model shop owner was a chain smoker...


The eye lens (ocular) of the viewfinder frequently gets smudged by handling the camera or even from eyelashes. Cleaning the ocular lens is easy, as you've already done at least the outside (just use lens tissue, possibly with a drop of lens-cleaning fluid on the tissue, not on the lens itself). If the ocular unscrews, you might clean the inner surface, ...


For warning - lenses are dead to both Zeiss and Canon if they get fungus. No repair, only trash and replace. Keep it away from your other lenses to keep it from spreading.


Damp in the air is the worst factor. Anything over 60% humidity is enough for the spores to germinate, and ruin your camera... I've seen mould that has encompassed the entire camera before now, when I bought an old Zenith that had been stored in an old, canvas tent... That's actually made my flesh crawl, to remember that! I am curious to know which types of ...


This screen also known as a "ground glass screen" (though it's not always made of glass) has a very fine etched pattern on one side of it to facilitate the way it scatters light. Cleaning the side of it with this surface is not practical as it's likely to both deposit small particles into this etched surface and possibly damage the etched surface (think ...


I also have the 3100 and have recently had the same problem. If you take off the lens and look at the edge of the screen, you'll see a rectangular wire that holds it in. Just push it free from the clip it's tucked under at the front and the screen will fall right out. Be careful: the focusing screen scratches really easily and then your view will always look ...

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