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12-01-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi from British Columbia

Hi I'm from Barriere B.C. I'm new to Digital Cameras and Computers. Got a new Kr about 3 months ago, it's a lot more fun than my old Spotmatic was, but the sensor needs to be cleaned and I'm a little nervous about fooling around inside the thing. But thanks to the information on this web site I don't think it'll be to bad.

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Do you have startup dust removal on? Try firing it via the menu a few times as well, as it usually knocks off all the bigger pieces of dust, if not all of them.

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Hi Adam yes I have tried it and it works some times, but the dust just seems to come back in a new spot, so I think I'll try to blow it out. I really don't want to take it in to a shop, they want $40.00 to clean it
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Welcome to the forum, Phillip. I've seen advice both for and against blowing out dust - it's worked for me. You can also check some threads like this one - https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5-forum/166960-sensor-mirror-cleaning.html
All the best, and we'll look forward to some shots from Barriere.

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Hi Arn and thanks I checked out s/m cleaning. I've tried a blower and so far so good, I guess it'll be a on going thing and I hope it keeps working because I really don't want to have to use the swab kit I picked up with the blower. The Rocket Blower is that a hand blower or caned air?
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The one I was thinking of is a hand blower - Giottos Rocket Air Blower Review.
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QuoteOriginally posted by phillip Quote
The Rocket Blower is that a hand blower or caned air?
The generally accepted wisdom is that canned gas is a bad thing. That aside, I've been using canned gas for routine camera cleaning for some 40 years with nary a mishap.
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Hi Wheatfield I've read some of your posts, one big difference between you and me is you know what your doing and I don't. I've tried a hand blower and it seems to work, I use it every time I change the lens just to be safe and try to keep everything clean in and around my camera case.

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Hey Phillip, welcome to the group from an old Kamloops (but now living in Edmonton) boy!

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Hi JohnA and thanks for the welcome. I too lived in Kamloops many years ago. Barriere is as close as I've come to living back there. Hey do you think the cold weather there affects your camera much?
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Hi from another (fairly new yet as well!) member in Edmonton! Welcome!
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The major effect of cold is on battery life. It won't harm your camera, but to avoid condensation it is advisable to bag the camera when returning indoors to prevent humidity from condensing on it. Let it warm up to room temperature in the bag. Carry extra batteries with you just in case. An inside pocket is a good place for them. It's the temperature that drops the power.
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Thanks for the welcome geekkt and thanks for the advise Canada_Rockies
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