how to clean your camera`s sensor

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CAMERA’S SENSOR
WARNING! Take extreme care if you choose to do this yourself.
We recommend that you first look for a sensor cleaning service in your area.
Pounds Labs accepts no liability if you gum up the works.
1.
Locate the most dust free environment in your home to set up a cleaning station. The
bathroom is a good choice; however avoid performing this task while the room is steamed
up from a recent shower.
2.
Get a ‘Rocket’ or similar puffer from your camera supplier
Do not buy one with a brush end.
DO NOT USE PACKAGED COMPRESSED AIR OF ANY KIND!
3.
Make sure your camera battery is fully charged.
Highlight ‘Manually Clean’ from the camera menu. Select ‘Clean Now.’
4.
Hold the camera with the lens opening down.
5.
Remove the lens and place it butt down on a sheet of clean paper.
6.
Still holding the camera with the lens opening down, puff air into
the chamber and onto the sensor. DO NOT TOUCH THE SENSOR
WITH THE NOZZLE.
7.
Keeping the face of the camera pointed down, reattach the lens.
8.
Turn off the camera.
TESTING FOR DUST
9.
Set the camera mode to ‘Av’ or ‘A’ (aperture priority) and f/stop
to 22 or higher.
10.
Set the lens to maximum telephoto. Focus out the window and lock the focus.
11.
Photograph a blank white wall or paper (out of focus). Move the camera around during the
exposure. You want this image to have no detail, hence out of focus and the movement.
12.
Play that image on your viewer and magnify it 4-5 times.
13.
Use the joystick to move around the frame. Dust will move as you pan.
(Notice: To best see the dust, this image should appear darker than white
paper on the viewer. Turn the EV control down 2/3 stop if the image
appears bright.)
14.
If you still see spots, clean again.
Dust can cause a
post-production nightmare.
Move the camera around
while taking the dust test image.
ONLY USE A CLEANING KIT WITH SWABS AND LIQUID IF ALL ELSE
FAILS AND YOU CAN AFFORD TO REPLACE THE SENSOR, $1000.
Always set your camera to automatically clean at shut down and start up. Auto cleaning works best if
the camera is horizontal and still. The sensor will vibrate and the dust may settle onto a sticky pad at the
bottom of the chamber.
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