What's the best way/product to clean sensor (Nikon D700) myself?


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I have a D700 that I'd like to clean the sensor myself. I'm not sure what is the best way/product to to do the cleaning and I'm not sure how easily the sensor can be scratched. So many different products on sale.

I recently had 3 dust specks in the center that can't be removed by blower so I sent to Nikon servie centre for cleaning. When got it back, now have 18 specks all around the sides. 4 of which were huge! Returned to them to clean again and was told "don't expect 100% clean", and told me try not to shoot more than F8 so won't see dust. I have to leave my camera there for few days... The camera is still there and I donno what is gonna happen but from now on, I want to clean the sensor myself :cry:

Anyone done cleaning on D700 before? Can advise?
 

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night86mare

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lenspen effective for welded dust?

i use 2 things: blower for unwelded dust

and for welded dust, have to use eclipse solution + sensor swab (or replacement, e.g. pec pads + sensor swab spatula)
 

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Hi Catchlights,

I read up on the lenspen. The website says it uses a cleaning compound. A little more digging and I found that it is some kind of black powder... in that case, will the powder end up being deposited on the sensor?
 

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don't shoot me but i use a clean straw to just suck the dirt out.

i get those from mosburger as they are individually wrapped.

been doing this about every two months or if i see dust for the past 4 years.
 

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don't shoot me but i use a clean straw to just suck the dirt out.

i get those from mosburger as they are individually wrapped.

been doing this about every two months or if i see dust for the past 4 years.
suck? you mean using your mouth? or some other apparatus?
 

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lenspen effective for welded dust?

i use 2 things: blower for unwelded dust

and for welded dust, have to use eclipse solution + sensor swab (or replacement, e.g. pec pads + sensor swab spatula)
Where might I find that in Singapore?
 

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Hi Catchlights,

I read up on the lenspen. The website says it uses a cleaning compound. A little more digging and I found that it is some kind of black powder... in that case, will the powder end up being deposited on the sensor?
it is not a secret, remember the old grandma tips of using newspaper to clear mirror and glass? is carbon power.

you can read their FAQ, http://www.lenspen.com/404

anyway, you may not comfortable to use lenspen product to clear your sensor, but their sensor loupe is cheapest and best product you can find, you can do your own research on all the sensor loupe available in the market to see is it truth.
 

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don't shoot me but i use a clean straw to just suck the dirt out.

i get those from mosburger as they are individually wrapped.

been doing this about every two months or if i see dust for the past 4 years.
lol, beside artist paint brush, scotch tape, another innovative makeshift product use for sensor clearing. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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i second nightmare method.
Using this method as well to clean. Cheap and get the job done.
can get the solution from CP
 

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okie..will drop by mos burger soon :)
 

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Sucking method?
What happen if our saliva accidentally drip inside or something. :confused:
 

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Agree with Night86mare. I simply use the Eclipse cleaning solution.

Video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV_DT2kEEsI

The sensor swabs are pretty expensive. So i buy just one swab instead of a whole pack.
But buy a pack of Eclipse PecPad which are actually lint free tissue, then mount the PecPad over the swab handle.
http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/howto.html

Saves a ton of money & time.
 

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