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Questions tagged [cleaning]

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

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Dust on Sensor After Many Cleanings DSLR

I know there have been a lot of posts on this topic, but I haven't found exactly what I am looking for. I noticed some dust spots on my sensor for my D750 after I took a picture with some sky in it ...
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Remove spot on sensor Olympus OM-D E-M10 [duplicate]

I've got a visible spot on the sensor of my OM-D E-M10 (Mark I). I think it's a tiny splatter. Can I clean it with a cotton swab and some alcohol for example? I assume there is a piece of glass in ...
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Removing dust from gelatine layer of processed film

Apologies if this is covered in another answer, but I'm struggling to find something which is this specific. I have a single strip of film which has come back from processing, and I've been somewhat ...
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

I own a 1983 Minolta 35-105 lens which has a minor case of fungus on what I deem the second element (the first glass behind the outer one) The fungus seems to be growing, if only very slowly. As ...
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Cleaning the rear element of a lens?

I just purchased a used Tamron 45mm lens, and its rear element is a bit dirty. Am I allowed to clean the rear element using microfiber and lens cleaning solution + lens cleaning tissue?
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Removing sticky particle from sensor [duplicate]

I have two particles on the sensor of my Sony a6000. Both are round and about 0.3 mm in diameter. The spots are only noticeable in bright areas and are easy to remove with Capture One's spot removal ...
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How to get rid of black these black oil spots which a professional cleaning service said can't be fixed?

I am using a Canon EOS 7D. But my photos have black spots in the same position. I tried sensor cleaning from a professional and the result is the same. He told me that it is due to oil spots which can'...
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How do I minimise cleaning requirements for an outdoor all-sky camera dome?

I am building an international network of astronomical all-sky cameras. The cameras will be protected from the elements with a clear plastic dome. (To clarify, I will have a camera on a rooftop ...
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Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.7 haze on rear element: disassemble and clean? Recalibration issues?

I recently purchased the notorious Planar 50mm 1.7 at a bargain price, due to its faintly fogged rear element (see attached photos), which my trusted local photographer diagnosed to be an early spread ...
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Identifying fingerprints on negatives & ultraviolet torches

Is there a way I can identify any fingerprints on a negative that do not involve damaging the negative itself? Has anyone had any success in using an ultraviolet torch to identify fingerprints on ...
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Is PEC-12 effective at removing old fingerprints from film and negatives?

I have recently been researching PEC-12 emulsion cleaner and have read a lot of positive information about it. Has anyone had any success with removing fingerprints from film and negatives, which ...
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How to remove embedded sand from low pass/anti aliasing filter?

I have a canon 50d with obstructions on the sensor. Before any cleaning: I have tried to clean the filter with this kit. After cleaning with a blower (All shots at F36, ISO 100, 135MM, of a white ...
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Would too much sensor cleaning reduce image quality [duplicate]

Would too much sensor cleaning (wiping) impact the sharpness, dynamic range, and color depth?
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Why doesn't the shutter close (like it does in mirror-up mode) when changing lenses to protect from dust?

I've just noticed a lot of dust on my sensor and I had to send my camera to the service center to get my sensor cleaned. I've noticed that when I use the mirror up mode "the function that prevents ...
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Cleaning lenses with ultrasonic technology

I recently discovered ultrasonic technology and one of the first uses I thought about is cleaning whole lenses - with the appropriate cleaning solution instead of tap water, of course. Is anybody ...
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How do I clean a Yashica Mat-124g taking lens?

I have disassembled the taking lens of my Yashica Mat-124g and tried to clean it. First, I used 99% isopropyl alcohol and it didn't help. Then I used a 1:1 solution of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia ...
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How can I clean marks from the back glass of my lens?

I have a 50mm prime lens, chosen due to great reviews. I bought mine second-hand from a very reputable store. Unfortunately, the 'sweet spot' (middle part of the image) is slightly fogged in my images....
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Are self-cleaning sensors now standard?

As someone who shoots out-of-doors a lot, I am very pleased to have a self-cleaning sensor. I don't see this feature mentioned much in camera reviews, and I am wondering whether they are now a ...
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Lens Fungus - how to prevent it while actively using the lens in humid environment and remove it if you already have it?

Intro: This is a popular question throughout this site as well as the internet in general. However the same answers which address storage are used for usage. In this question I am specifically ...
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How can I remove a piece of dirt from inside the lens system of a compact camera?

Background I have a Panasonic Lumix compact camera, which, out of nowhere caught some piece of dirt between the lenses or on the sensor. I ensured that it was not on the outside of the lens. When ...
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Will clay and wood dust affect my camera?

I'm a craft design student focusing on pottery and woodworking. Recently I've been thinking of recording my crafting process, hence I will be bringing my camera (Canon g7x) into the studio, maybe put ...
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Keeping mirrorless camera sensors clean; tips? [duplicate]

I have a Sony A7S II which I adore; but—like every other camera—it too has its disadvantages. For me, one of those disadvantages is the sensor which is exposed when you switch lenses. And a simple "...
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Does lenspen actually work? [duplicate]

Does lens pen actually work and solve the purpose for removing dust or finger print from lens? How about the longevity of these pens?
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Clean film negatives heavily contaminated with wet paper made negative cases

I put my film stripes too early in my paper made negative cases. Even more, i put a couple of heavy books on those cases to quickly flatten the film. The result: the film got stuck - more precisely: ...
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Is cheap lens cleaner going to damage the coating on my lens?

I recently acquired some lens cleaning fluid from a camera chain store (Jessops if anyone's interested). Thinking about it now, is this fluid likely to damage the coating on the front element of my ...
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How can I remove mold from the outside of a DSLR body?

I have always been into photography, but did not have my camera out at all this winter. Got it out today and there is mold on the body of the camera, on the outside of the lens ring. What's the best ...
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Can I removing the smell of cigarettes from a Polaroid 600 Impulse without damaging it? [duplicate]

I recently acquired an old Polaroid 600 Impulse, however the only problem is that it stinks of cigarettes (I'm presuming its previous owner smoked a lot!). Is there any way that I can clean it and ...
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How to safely clean the front element of a lens? [duplicate]

I was shooting with a Nikon 16-35 f/4 while suddenly it started drizzling. Before even I could rush back under a shade, there were a few droplets of water all over my camera and lens, especially on ...
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How can I tell if a camera lens is foggy?

I just bought a 85mm lens on eBay and the seller said it is in "Like New" condition. I have heard of people talking about "fog" in the lens, but how do I know if this is happening with the lens I ...
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How to clean the mirror on an SLR without damaging it?

I just bought my D70 from Sam's Club. It was a display model, and the display assembly does not allow the back of the camera to be opened. However, when I opened up the front and looked at the mirror ...
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D5100 blocked in “Lock mirror up for cleaning” state

I used the "Lock mirror up for cleaning" feature of my Nikon D5100. It worked several times, but the last time I did it, turning off the camera didn't work: it's supposed to unlock the mirror and go ...
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Auto sensor cleaning - is the movement too fast to be visible?

After reading this question, it made me wonder: while the auto sensor cleaning is happening, would the human eye be able to detect any movement? Point 4 of the accepted answer to this question ...
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Is it dangerous to use Auto Sensor Cleaning with lens attached?

Straightforward question: Is it dangerous to use auto sensor cleaning when the lens is attached?
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Can dirt on a camera's lens cause graininess, without causing large-scale blurring of the picture as a whole?

I have a simple point-and-shoot camera that takes satisfactory pictures when the picture is filling the computer screen. The pictures are shot with auto ISO and full daylight. But when I look at the ...
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Is it OK to clean a DSLR's CMOS (with filter removed) with compressed air spray?

Is is OK to remove dust from the DSLR's CMOS (No filter or glass on top of it) using compressed air spray?
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Camera cleaning by professionals or by myself? [duplicate]

My camera has accumulated some dust on its chip over the past 3 years and I want to clean it. Do you have experience with cleaning your camera's sensors on your own with appropriate gear? Do you ...
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Lens cleaner got into my camera lens

I used some glass lens cleaner spray on my pretty old (but still good) Samsung PL20 earlier this morning. I just turned it on to take a photo, and found this... It looks like somehow some of the ...
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What kind of microfibre cloth is the lens-wipe? [closed]

I wish to know what exactly is the microfibre cloth used to wipe lenses. How does one describe this material?
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How to remove scratches from LG mobile camera lens (with coating)?

I recently bought a used LG G2 (T-mobile) from market and later on noticed that it does not takes the photos with expected quality. Sample Photos (I see a visible difference when I see through ...
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Dead bug on the inner side of the focusing glass — how can I get it out of there?

Today, while taking some photos, I noticed some dirt on my DSLR. After some investigations, I found that it was a dead bug (or it looks like), and it seems to be on the inner side of the focusing ...
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Dark ring in photo [duplicate]

In the left corner of all my photos have always have a dark ring. I've tried wiping the lens glass but still there. Do you guys think I need my camera body or lens cleaned or both?
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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, ...