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04-04-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Dust on sensor - blow or vacuum?

Most people seem to talk about blowing dust off their sensor. Is there any reason not to vacuum it off with a miniature vacuum cleaner? I have a small one I use for cleaning my computer.

04-04-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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Blow it off only using an air bulb designed for the purpose (and definitely NOT compressed air). Search for sensor cleaning for step-by-step directions if you need them but DO NOT USE THE VACUUM!

EDIT: Here's an excellent how-to on sensor cleaning.
04-04-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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Remember that your image sensor is not fixed but floating on an electromagnetic mount (the Shake Reduction...) Sticking a vaccum in there could possibly cause some pretty serious damage.

Get a giotto rocket blower and gently clean your sensor. If push comes to shove, get a wet sensor cleaning kit.


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