Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-16-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
Transit's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Whanganui NZ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,088
Check blower for insects

The unintended tiny insect macro

Oh joy, reaches for reading glasses and extends fingers to assess shake...

Quick check of the Eclipse bottle finds the molecules of methanol are smaller than the gaps in plastic bottles molecules...nice.
emergency trip to town where I exchanged a kidney for a packet of 4 Vswabs.
Handily packed in glass, the solvent has a $/ml of Channel No.5
3 out of 4 Vswabs and a massive amount of scrubbing got 99.9% of it. Wonderful eneloups coped with at least 10 scrub cycles
I was needing a cup of tea and a sit down after an hour of that I can tell you.

please no gloating from the ' you won't catch me using one of those things' brigade...
I'm still going to use it
might try gentle puffs now though...that poor little guy was doing 100ks when he/she hit


10-16-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
Transit's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Whanganui NZ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,088
Original Poster
Yep... planning to wash out blower and install nifty inlet filter and niffty nose cap.
10-16-2010, 06:43 PM   #3
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Clarkey's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Brampton, ON, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,777
Ha! midge alert. Haven't seen that situation before.
10-16-2010, 07:04 PM   #4
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Bramela's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Newcastle Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,281
I kept mine in the plastic container it came in, thus far. And I always give it several hard puffs before applying to any part of the camera.

Still this was an interesting, if scary development. I will have to keep alert!

10-17-2010, 04:28 PM   #5
Arpe's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Zealand
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,346
What happened? I no understand. It was in your cleaning fluid?
10-17-2010, 04:42 PM   #6
Veteran Member
Eruditass's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,206
Given that he mentioned eneloops lasting long enough, I assume he actually squirted the bug onto his sensor. Ouch.
10-17-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
Pablom's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Jerusalem
Posts: 1,940
wow that's a first. do you have more pictures? first one looks cool..
10-17-2010, 06:17 PM   #8
Transit's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Whanganui NZ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,088
Original Poster
thanks to all the well wishers
Yes the little guy was in the blower and my fist of power squeeze welded him on the sensor.
Thank goodness for the Eneloops which are incredibly available in NZ now (DSE $29/4)
Pablom I have lots more pictures of the sky with slowly disappearing midge.
The last dot took 5 separate scrub and check rounds.
If I had waited any longer or sent it to service in NZ
it would have been screwed.


  • 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, check, dslr, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bulb blower Russell-Evans Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 5 09-12-2010 08:38 AM
rocket blower 5teve Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10 10-20-2009 07:33 PM
Sensor dust blower wasim_altaf Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 26 08-22-2009 11:28 PM
sensor blower not necessary? canadave Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 17 12-30-2007 06:18 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:03 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]