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    Hi,

    Does any knows how much does it cost to have my Nikon D40 sensor cleaned and service? How long does it normally take?

    DO you guys send it to the Nikon service center or do you DIY?

    I had some annoying dust particles on my sensor and it makes me uncomfortable when taking photos, especially at high f-stops.

    Lastly, what is the best way to identify if it is fungus or dust particle, be it in your lens or sensor?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    i do it once a year at service center... if you don't mind the price can go twice a year... i find that DIY cleaning kit price (whole kit including everything like sgd80) not that cheap compared to service center... so i opt for the lazy way... even i do it twice a year only like sgd50 only...

    hope this helps...

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    Hey jaRv1s, thanks for the info... so, are you saying that it cost $50 dollars for each servicing at the Nikon Service Center?

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    I would learn how to DIY. when you're out shooting, you won't have time to send it to the service centre.
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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    Quote Originally Posted by atlantiz6 View Post
    Hi,

    Does any knows how much does it cost to have my Nikon D40 sensor cleaned and service? How long does it normally take?

    DO you guys send it to the Nikon service center or do you DIY?

    I had some annoying dust particles on my sensor and it makes me uncomfortable when taking photos, especially at high f-stops.

    Lastly, what is the best way to identify if it is fungus or dust particle, be it in your lens or sensor?

    Thanks.
    Try to blow out the dust particles using a blower, is it really bad, i will just send to NSC for sensor cleaning

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlantiz6 View Post
    Hey jaRv1s, thanks for the info... so, are you saying that it cost $50 dollars for each servicing at the Nikon Service Center?
    To correct ur misinterpretation of Bro Jarvis comments, it should be ard 25+ including gst (he mentioned twice a year)
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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    used to visit NSC, but since mid last year they start charging sensor clearing, I DIY sensor cleaning now.

    currently using the LensPen SensorKlear Loupe Kit w/SensorKlear II, a great saving for my time and money.
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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    used to visit NSC, but since mid last year they start charging sensor clearing, I DIY sensor cleaning now.

    currently using the LensPen SensorKlear Loupe Kit w/SensorKlear II, a great saving for my time and money.
    Oh, I thought I also in the minority group... I used to be very sensitive about sensor, but after seeing someone convert a cam to IR right before my eyes, I have no issue about cleaning the AA filter in front of the sensor. Afterall, never really touch the sensor.

    But of course, there's still a possibility I could scratch the AA filter but ah well. Not like do every day or even every month.

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    well,i guess i'll have to send it to NSC this time round since there are some finger prints on my sensor... I got so pissed off my first attempt using the cloth used to clean specs and rubbed it with my fingers...

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    diy for 3 years.

    never stepped into servicing centre before.

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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    Quote Originally Posted by atlantiz6 View Post
    well,i guess i'll have to send it to NSC this time round since there are some finger prints on my sensor... I got so pissed off my first attempt using the cloth used to clean specs and rubbed it with my fingers...
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    DIY myself too. Save you money in the long run

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlantiz6 View Post
    well,i guess i'll have to send it to NSC this time round since there are some finger prints on my sensor... I got so pissed off my first attempt using the cloth used to clean specs and rubbed it with my fingers...
    first you use CLOTH

    then you use fingers

    you are a winner.

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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    Quote Originally Posted by atlantiz6 View Post
    well,i guess i'll have to send it to NSC this time round since there are some finger prints on my sensor... I got so pissed off my first attempt using the cloth used to clean specs and rubbed it with my fingers...
    Brave attempt! Which manual told you this? Bring to NSC and have it cleaned. I do recommend some more reading before you get itchy fingers about the next dust spot.
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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post

    currently using the LensPen SensorKlear Loupe Kit w/SensorKlear II, a great saving for my time and money.
    Any other product which is equally good & is available locally in SG?

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    best to go to a service center really

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    Default Re: Nikon DSLR sensor cleaning - DIY or service center?

    You can view this link.

    Good if you know what you are doing. Else send & pay NSC to do the job for you.

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    Had spots in my images. Took the blower and gave it a few puff and voila... Saved me some $$....
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