thought of sharing with you all how to clean your sensor on your own. Of course... Oly users won't have to clean their sensors... *grrr* Don't u just wish all DSLRs will have Oly's technology?
I strongly recommend sending your camera to their respective service centers for cleaning!
However, for those people who are nowhere near a service center (like me... in Thailand in the middle of nowhere) or for those who dont wish to pay for a clean when your warranty has run out, this might just work for you!
DIY Sensor Cleaning Tutorial
*Disclaimer: I have done this successfully but I will not guarantee (along with other companies who sell their DIY sensor cleaning products) that you will not damage your camera. Please exercise common-sense and follow the instructions carefully before attempting to clean your camera's sensor.
Before you do this, please:
1) Clean your hands
2) Have everything you need ready: Your camera, Blower, A filter, Fresh Batteries/External Powersource, Cable Release *for D100/S2Pro etc, Cleaning Fluid/Chemist's Methanol, Lint Free Lens Tissues, Scotch Tape (or anything of its equivalent), Your Home-made sensor swab stick & Yourself.
Step 1: Making your sensor swab: Choosing the material
Figure 1: Choose a material that isn't too hard or rough. I've chosen a piece of laminated cardboard from a 'Glade' box. Notice that it's smooth and folded. I recommend using a folded piece of laminated card like what I've used. Why? The lamination means it can resist the cleaning fluid - it won't become soft on contact with the liquid. It's also stiff but not rough - the laminated side is really smooth and straight; just what we need!
Step 2: Sizing your sensor swab
Figure 2: I have cut the card to size - approx 22mm x 55mm. The top is tapered and measures exactly at 20mm. This was cut to fit the Nikon D100's sensor. Have a look at your camera's sensor and determine the dimensions.
Step 3: The 'SWAB'
Figure 3: Take a piece of lint-free lens tissue and cut it so you get a piece that's about 40mm wide. It can be wider but only slightly. Fold it in half or you can cut a little more and fold it three times to get a thicker swab.
Step 4: How your swab should look like and how to hold it in place
Figure 4: Attach the lens tissue to your cut out card. I've used Scotch Magic Tape to secure the lens tissue to the card. If you wish to reuse the card (which i do), stick the tape 1/2 way around the side of the lens tissue so that you will be able to remove it easily later. Don't tape it all around. Ensure that the tissue is secure.