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How to Clean Your DSLR Sensor and Mirror

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 12:47 PM

Dust on your DSLR's sensor can be a real nuisance, especially as the number of dust particles build up over time. Every time you change or remove a lens, dust can enter the mirror box and later fall onto the sensor itself. This can lead to visible spots in your images, especially when you stop down to smaller apertures.
Fortunately, effectively cleaning your sensor is something you can easily do in the comfort of your own home. You will only need a few inexpensive accessories to get started.
To learn how to clean your camera's sensor, follow the link

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 05:47 PM

Thanks for the link Jeff.



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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:29 PM

I own a rocket blower and an Arctic Butterfly brush. I've used both on the D80. I would really think twice about using the brush on the D810. Not interested in voiding my warranty.

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:26 AM

The Arctic Butterfly is fine on your D810.  I've been using it on my D800E.  While there is no anti-aliasing filter, there is still clear glass that provides plenty of protection.


Cleaning the sensor involves a progression of tools and techniques.

1.     Use the in-camera sensor cleaning function on start up and shut down.

2.     A large blower or rocket blower is great for regular use and clears most dust from the sensor and the mirror box.  This is routine maintenance and should be done regularly.  Hold the lens mount pointing down, and be sure to blow out the mirror box.  

3.     The Arctic Butterfly removes all but the most stubborn dust with no risk of damage to the sensor.

4.     For stubborn dust, sticky dust, pollen, and other material that can't be removed with prior techniques, a wet cleaning is an easy solution.  The frequency depends on the use of other tools and the environment you are in.  If you are in the dry western states, this might be pretty frequent, but in the southeast, just a few times a year is more than enough for me.

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