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03-26-2010, 10:48 AM   #1
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Sensor cleaning for the clueless

I got lots of dust showing up in shots with blue sky, etc. I have no idea how to clean the sensor. Is this something a complete schmuck can do or do I need to take it in? Is it a similar to how it was done with old SLR's?

Cloth? Blower? Any How To tips?

I am working a K100.

Thanks for helping out the clueless.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Seafood Quote
I got lots of dust showing up in shots with blue sky, etc. I have no idea how to clean the sensor. Is this something a complete schmuck can do or do I need to take it in? Is it a similar to how it was done with old SLR's?

Cloth? Blower? Any How To tips?

I am working a K100.

Thanks for helping out the clueless.
Start with a blower. Then move up to the Pentax O-ICK1 (google it to see how it's used) cleaning kit. If those don't work then you'll need to do a wet clean.

Unless you Really Are a "complete schmuck" cleaning the sensor isn't that difficult. You just need to be careful.

Good luck.
03-26-2010, 11:15 AM   #3
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Search this site and the internet for help on this. But sure a rocket blower is the simplest tool.

Here is a video of use of the O-ICK1

YouTube - Pentax O-ICK1 Image Sensor Cleaning Kit

Personally, I find that cleaning my k100ds is just a little more difficult than my k10/k20.

One other thought. Even though I have the tools to clean my sensor (actually its the filter on top of the sensor but who cares), it was suggested to me by a pro that once a year have your camera professionally cleaned. I think there are opinions +/- on this but I've had it done and wow was it cleaner than I've ever been able to do. Not that pros have better tools just know how.

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03-26-2010, 11:00 PM   #4
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Check this out...

YouTube - Clean that Sensor! from LensPen.

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Just found this and I think I might get it. Very nifty gadget!

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