Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
06-23-2016, 06:25 AM   #16
Site Supporter
Site Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,386
Hi folks the OP is talking about the mirror, not the sensor.

06-23-2016, 10:49 AM   #17
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Alex645's Avatar

Join Date: May 2015
Location: Kaneohe, HI
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,123
You really do not want any kind of solvent that will leave a residue, and methanol is the preferred cleaner over alcohol. The problem with methanol is that it is highly flammable and if you need to have if you buy it online or need to travel with it, the airlines have obvious objections. So a company that's been making sensor cleaning (which works well on mirrors too) Eclipse has come out with a non-flammable solution called Aero-Clipse.

Photographic Solutions Aeroclipse Digital Sensor Cleaning AERO

I wouldn't recommend Q-Tip swabs unless you're desperate; cotton fibers/lint can come off on the mirror or mirror box and eventually onto the shutter or sensor. Ideally you'd use one-time-use lintless sealed swabs intended for cleaning without leaving fibers or lint like the ones included in this Eclipse kit.

Photographic Solutions Sensor Swab ULTRA Kit (Type 2) UK2 B&H

They come in various sizes. The smaller ones are more versatile for use on not just APS-C sensors, but if you're shooting FF, you can find larger swabs.

Keep us posted and tell us what worked or didn't. Good luck.

BTW: I have found that no camera is IR (insect resistant) if the lenses and cameras are not always capped. You just gave me a great idea for an art project. Put a whole colony of ants in a camera and dub the camera Antax.
06-23-2016, 11:20 AM   #18
StephenHampshire's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Winchester
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,418
"My hovercraft is full of eels.........."
Whilst sympathising with the OP with his insect-related obfuscation, am I alone in detecting something slightly Pythonesque in his posting???
06-23-2016, 11:26 AM   #19

Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 11,913
Better an ant than a spider, I guess.

I would suggest pointing the camera downwards, lens off, and fire a prolonged burst of shots, like 20 shots. All that mirror flapping might simply shake the ant off.

06-23-2016, 12:32 PM   #20
Veteran Member

Join Date: Sep 2013
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,744
QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
Hi folks the OP is talking about the mirror, not the sensor.

True. Still, I've found the sensor cleaner I use works well for cleaning he mirror, too.
06-23-2016, 12:46 PM   #21
Veteran Member
slip's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: 2 hours north of toronto ontario canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,537
they used to have small ended vacuums that cleaned out the keys in a computer keyboard. they are cheap if you can find one

06-25-2016, 09:31 AM   #22
Veteran Member
Outis's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Cambridge, MA
Posts: 935
Original Poster
Ant was not dislodged by rocket blower. Ant was not dislodged by several hundred more shutter actuations. Any bets on whether the dead ant will still be stuck to the mirror when I get back in a week?
06-25-2016, 09:39 AM   #23
amateur dirt farmer
Loyal Site Supporter
pepperberry farm's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 25,358

06-25-2016, 09:54 AM   #24
Not a Number's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 8,254
First surface mirrors are very delicate. Since ants have a lot of formic acid in them most likely some sort of spot or pit will be left on the mirror. If it will not dislodge with an air blower you can try to dislodge it with a small water color brush - #0 or #1 - camel hair or sable should not scratch the mirror unless you really grind it in there. I would probably not attempt to do any wet cleaning once the ant is dislodged.

Make sure there is no sizing on the brush before using. Press in a bending motion gently against a regular hand mirror and the whack the handle of the brush on your palm and repeat until no more bits of sizing come out. Or just rinse and dry the brush thoroughly before using.

One of the sticky sticks for picking dust or larger debris off the sensor should work too.
06-25-2016, 09:47 PM   #25
Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
MarkJerling's Avatar

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wairarapa, New Zealand
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 15,910
QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
Make sure there is no sizing on the brush before using.
If you're not sure, wash the brush with a little bit of dishwashing liquid and dry well before use.
06-27-2016, 09:22 PM   #26
Wheatfield's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: The wheatfields of Canada
Posts: 12,986
QuoteOriginally posted by Outis Quote
Ant was not dislodged by rocket blower. Ant was not dislodged by several hundred more shutter actuations. Any bets on whether the dead ant will still be stuck to the mirror when I get back in a week?
Honestly, I'd just use a damp q-tip and very gently work at it until it's gone. These cameras aren't made of cotton candy.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, pentax help, photography, troubleshooting
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why is the Auto/Man diaphragm clutch stuck on my S-M-C Takumar lens? (there's a pin!) Adam Maintenance and Repair Articles 12 03-12-2020 12:26 PM
Help, Pentax ME Super's mirror is stuck up ... spystyle Pentax Film SLR Discussion 17 01-14-2018 10:25 AM
Why is there a red tinge in some low light pictures on my K3 + fa43? nithin Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 9 12-17-2014 08:05 AM
HELP! My Pentax Bellows II mounting plate is stuck on my camera. grimmy2016 Pentax K-r 2 04-07-2012 06:47 AM
The mirror on my K-10D is stuck up hambone Pentax DSLR Discussion 13 11-04-2011 07:36 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:13 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]