When you get spots on your still images it can be frustrating and time consuming to edit them out – but it is even more difficult in video! Almost impossible for the beginner.

So the key is to keep your sensor clean in the first place!

  • A good tutorial on dust inside the camera – detecting dust on the sensor and the viewfinder – they are different! This post discusses a ‘wet’ method where you use a liquid sensor cleaner. There are a variety of different methods
  • Of course there are other solutions as well – I use the LensPen myself (see below for more info)
The good news for me is that there is a glass filter in front of your sensor… so when you dive in and start cleaning, you’re not actually touching the sensor – but it can still be costly to replace the filter if you scratch it – so be careful!

Here’s the sensor for a Canon EOS-1D MKIV:

Filters in front of sensors - from imaging-resource.com (click to read story)

Filters in front of sensors – from imaging-resource.com (click to read story)

Much more info

I prefer to use the lenspen for not only my lenses but my sensor.

Lenspen SensorKlear II with Articulated Tip

The Lenspen SensorKlear II with Articulated Tip is made to be used with the Sensorklear Loup. It is designed to reach those hard-to-get-at spots on your CCD sensor and remove bits of dirt and dust that can contaminate your camera.

  • Designed with no sprays, no liquids, no chemicals and will not leave a residue
  • Minimizes any kind of static build-up

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What’s your experience?

What do you do to clean your sensor? Do you send it to your local camera store for cleaning?

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