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    Default Vacuum cleaner to clean your camera

    Before I try this, has anyone of you tried cleaning your entire camera including interior e.g. sensor, using a vacuum cleaner?
    I did a search, can't find any post of cleaning camera with a vacuum cleaner.
    It seems like a very good idea to me, but it might be abit too strong for the camera to handle, e.g. sensor kana sucked in as well.

    Experience, anyone?

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    washing machine anyone?

    same logic..
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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar View Post
    washing machine anyone?

    same logic..
    well have you tried???

    Some pple have tried before, I did too... and frankly speaking it worked very well... but nonetheless there's still some risk involved...

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    doesn't dishwasher also bears a similar concept?

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    i did not used a vaccumm but tried the opposite. i used an industrial compressor. did not worked well, ended up with more dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satay16 View Post
    i did not used a vaccumm but tried the opposite. i used an industrial compressor. did not worked well, ended up with more dust.
    I think compressor blows air as well as surrounding dust into it.

    Anyway, I tried it just now too.
    It worked!
    I tried it with brush attachment first, to clean the exterior and lens barrel, but made sure the brush was clean before trying. Looks like new now.
    Then removed brush and went ahead to suck the interior, but didn't went too near into it, just in case some mechanism or screw get sucked in as well.
    Don't know how clean it is inside after sucking, but outside works very well.

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    how hard would it be to dislodge something like a mirror with the suction of the vacuum?
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    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner to clean your camera

    have anyone tried sucking it into the mirror? should you lock the mirror first?

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    go buy new one.. if not try dry cleaning...

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    i have tried it. u can attach a straw (mcdonalds) to the head of your vacuum cleaner by using tape to increase the suction power. just skim the surface without touching the surface. should pick up most of the dust.

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    Default Re: Vacuum cleaner to clean your camera

    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar View Post
    washing machine anyone?

    same logic..
    I don't see how it's the same logic. I think that question is a very reasonable question.

    Besides, if the sucking power for a household vacuum cleaner is too strong, then what about those USB ones used to suck dust from keyboards? Haha! Probably gentler right?

    Don't ask me to try coz I got no dSLR... but I might when I eventually get one... many years later... =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by karnage View Post
    I don't see how it's the same logic. I think that question is a very reasonable question.

    Besides, if the sucking power for a household vacuum cleaner is too strong, then what about those USB ones used to suck dust from keyboards? Haha! Probably gentler right?

    Don't ask me to try coz I got no dSLR... but I might when I eventually get one... many years later... =)
    Agree with you karnage.
    A perfectly legitimate question which may benefit all of us. Why spend $$ buying sensor swabs when most of us already have a vacuum cleaner @ home.

    Probably case of the clueless (+evenstar) trying to lead others deeper into the abyss.

    Hmm, haha. now, you've piqued me into finding one small USB one. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmfwy View Post
    Agree with you karnage.
    A perfectly legitimate question which may benefit all of us. Why spend $$ buying sensor swabs when most of us already have a vacuum cleaner @ home.

    Probably case of the clueless (+evenstar) trying to lead others deeper into the abyss.

    Hmm, haha. now, you've piqued me into finding one small USB one. :P
    the usb one is way too weak. it can only remove those non-stubborn kind of dust, which would result in the same effect as a blower.

    btw, will vaccumming it introduce more dust inside? i have this insecure feeling that when you suck air from inside, the surrounding dusty air will come in, creating more dust spots.

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    I think attracting dust in would be more difficult as it sucks instead of blows.
    Perhaps cleaning in an air-con or less windy room would lessen the chances of getting dust in.
    In any case, do not go too close into the interior as the vacuum suction power might be too strong.
    Try it, it's effective!
    And wash the brush attachment before cleaning.

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    Myself:
    - Using my home vacuum cleaner and with the vacuum pipe tied to a chair
    - open end facing up and power on vacuum
    - face down camera, remove lens and bring near vacuum, simultaneously use a blower to blow inside camera
    - next, activate 'clean ccd' to mirror lock and repeat same process
    Next is you will find all dust gone. 100% for me.

    Oh yes, I vacuum my lens especially the rear end to keep it clean.


    What can I say? D@mn clean, no dust! No problem!
    So why worry so much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominator View Post
    Myself:
    - Using my home vacuum cleaner and with the vacuum pipe tied to a chair
    - open end facing up and power on vacuum
    - face down camera, remove lens and bring near vacuum, simultaneously use a blower to blow inside camera
    - next, activate 'clean ccd' to mirror lock and repeat same process
    Next is you will find all dust gone. 100% for me.

    Oh yes, I vacuum my lens especially the rear end to keep it clean.


    What can I say? D@mn clean, no dust! No problem!
    So why worry so much?

    no need for cleaning services.... all DIY. haha!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by satay16 View Post
    i did not used a vaccumm but tried the opposite. i used an industrial compressor. did not worked well, ended up with more dust.
    Big risk you are taking.

    For air compressor, there is a filter to filter off the oil and water. If the filter is choked, water and oil will get ejected together with the air, from the air gun. Also, the high pressure from the air compressor can cause damages to some sensitive parts (e.g. sensor).

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    Quote Originally Posted by satay16 View Post
    the usb one is way too weak. it can only remove those non-stubborn kind of dust, which would result in the same effect as a blower.

    btw, will vaccumming it introduce more dust inside? i have this insecure feeling that when you suck air from inside, the surrounding dusty air will come in, creating more dust spots.
    I wonder if those car vacumn cleaners will be stronger than, but not so strong as in the household AC type where you'd worry abt it damaging your camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmfwy View Post
    Agree with you karnage.
    A perfectly legitimate question which may benefit all of us. Why spend $$ buying sensor swabs when most of us already have a vacuum cleaner @ home.

    Probably case of the clueless (+evenstar) trying to lead others deeper into the abyss.

    Hmm, haha. now, you've piqued me into finding one small USB one. :P
    if you believe in vacuum cleaners, go ahead and use it. nobody's stopping you
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    I tried it before, with the normal A/C kind.
    It works really well, but be sure that you don't go into the interiors.
    Something might just get sucked out. haha
    The dust on the exterior just magically disappears!

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