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07/26/2007 09:57:36 AM · #1
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Pretty bad, huh? It's not the normal spec here and there. I'm not even sure I want to attempt to fix this one in photoshop!

Feel free to share some of your "dirty" images.

Message edited by author 2007-07-26 10:00:40.
07/26/2007 09:59:55 AM · #2
Originally posted by tiggermo:

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07/26/2007 10:01:15 AM · #3
that makes me cringe..yikes.
07/26/2007 10:09:09 AM · #4
wow almost looks like something got massacred in your camera :P
07/26/2007 10:10:32 AM · #5
i thought mine was bad. thanks for making me feel slightly less filthy...
07/26/2007 10:14:17 AM · #6
Mine was looking like that @ f/22 two weeks ago. A buddy brought in his Copperhill SensorSweep (brush) and after 1 cleaning I have just 2 dust bunnies visible in my shots at the aperture.

I was scared to death to touch the sensor but once I did it I'm thinking I will clean it regularly to avoid this in the future.
07/26/2007 10:21:44 AM · #7
Originally posted by xianart:

i thought mine was bad. thanks for making me feel slightly less filthy...

yea, my camera is looking fresh as a daisy now. :)
07/26/2007 10:35:40 AM · #8
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I know the feeling. :)
07/26/2007 10:43:37 AM · #9
I, too, know the feeling. This was SO much more than just sensor dust though and what pisses me off is that it was entire my fault!

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07/26/2007 10:48:53 AM · #10
That's kinda, um, well, gross.
Did you try the "dunk in with the dishes" method of cleaning and didn't rinse good?
07/26/2007 11:11:00 AM · #11
Originally posted by karmat:

That's kinda, um, well, gross.
Did you try the "dunk in with the dishes" method of cleaning and didn't rinse good?

No, I cleaned the sensor with the stuff they sell at Best Buy saying it's to clean electronics. Big mistake. Of course, I didn't realize this until I was on the trip. Turns out the alcohol had evaporated leaving all that water behind which then dried on the sensor. Thank goodness it came off very easily with Eclipse cause I was FREAKING out. I thought for sure I had ruined it. That camera served me for several months after that until I bought the 20D.

BTW, that was my Rebel.

07/26/2007 11:14:20 AM · #12

Yea, it definitely cleaned up.

though it is time to be cleaned again.

(For anyone interested, "her" rebel is now "my" rebel)
07/26/2007 12:50:11 PM · #13
How does a sensor get that dirty?

I shoot just about everyday and I have never had anything remotely close to that. Any dust Ive ever had I can take care of w/ a hurricane blower that I got for under $3. It takes me a few minutes and works perfect.

07/26/2007 02:49:06 PM · #14
Ya, at F29, I'm sure anything will show up.

I usually shoot wide open. Then I shot at F13 and found how dirty my sensor was.

That reminds me, I still need to buy a cleaning kit.
07/26/2007 09:07:14 PM · #15
I'm glad to see you are posting some comments about my dirty lens (or sensor). And I'm glad to see that i'm not the only one out there willing to share. I think it helps remind us that it's a fixable problem, and we all need a little education on the subject. There are newbies out there that completely FREAK out when they see something like this occur to their camera.
07/26/2007 09:18:49 PM · #16
speaking of cleaning your gear...

anyone know where i can find a step by step tutorial on properally cleaning lens' and sensors?
07/26/2007 09:27:37 PM · #17
Copper Hill CCD/CMOS Cleaning Tutorial
07/26/2007 09:59:00 PM · #18
perfect, thanks alot mick
07/26/2007 10:21:07 PM · #19
Check this out : //www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpSi27u4azQ
07/26/2007 10:29:58 PM · #20
I just purchased Visible Dust's Arctic Butterfly 724 and it is amazing!
I had never cleaned my sensor before, and I was scared to death I'd screw it up. Piece of cake, and it works like a charm...
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