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

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What is the best way to clean the sensor on a interchangeable lens camera (mirrorless or 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 professional? ...
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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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How do I clean the inside of my viewfinder?

My viewfinder (not LCD) has spots of dust on it. What is the best way to clean the inside? I have cleaned the outside with a QTip.
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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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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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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 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 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 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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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 on)...
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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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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 DSLR cameras ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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 isn't....
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How can I clean an old metal photographic plate? What are best practices for conservation?

As someone who 'knows about photography' I've been handed some old metal (possibly copper?) plates which look like they were at one time used for in a printing press for some kind of short run, but I'...
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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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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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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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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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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?