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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: August 29th, 2011, 7:56 am 
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Here's my lens cleaning process:

1) Use a blower bulb to remove loose dust and debris; I use a Giottos Rocket Blower
2) Use a lens brush to remove stuck dust and debris
3) Apply lens cleaning fluid to a lint free lens cloth
4) Polish with dry lens cloth
5) Use a lens tissue (almost like tissue paper) to finish polishing.

Lens tissues, I find, do a great job of removing the haze most that most coated glass will get after a cloth cleaning.

This is the kit I've used, also use Optex lens tissue.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3 ... _with.html

Futureshop used to carry this cleaning kit, not sure if they still do.


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: August 29th, 2011, 8:07 am 
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thanks for the tip. All of my airshow pics have a little round spec on the lower left corner so I'll clean up my lens and hopefully that fixes it.


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: August 29th, 2011, 8:32 am 
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If you can't see anything apparent on the lens, there's a good chance that it's sensor dust. Sensor dust appears at high apertures as little round spots, normally.

Sensor cleaning requires special tools, I use two products from www.visibledust.com


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: August 30th, 2011, 8:50 pm 
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shipping seems pretty reasonable from this company so I may as well do bit of other ordering. I need a 58mm clear filter as well. For sensor cleaning (in case I have to do it eventually anyway), is this the kit for me? My sensor says its a 23.6 x 15.8mm (Nikon D5000).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6 ... g_Kit.html

Any other must haves, should haves or might as well gets? I already have a spare battery, good case, etc. Just wondering about smaller items that come in handy.


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: October 17th, 2011, 2:56 pm 
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how about some tips/info on a decent tripod? Whats a must have feature, what are just bells and whistles?

I imagine like anything...you get what you pay for but what about something for a beginner thats decent quality and something that won't break the bank (or Santa's bank as Xmas is coming!!).

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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: October 17th, 2011, 3:11 pm 
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What's your budget Barry?


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: October 17th, 2011, 7:48 pm 
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not sure..can you get something decent for $150-200? Or maybe a higher end used one?

I know nutting at all about them.


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
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With a camera that has automatic sensor cleaning every time the camera is turned off, is it better to leave it on auto or keep it manual and do it every now and then. I have an unsubstantiated fear it will wear out or something. Also you mentioned an online camera store in some thread I can no longer find, could you link it again please, and thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: December 17th, 2012, 7:23 am 
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I have an automatic sensor cleaner, I leave it on. I have no idea if it still works hehe

Wet sensor cleanings aren't something to be afraid of - it's not much different than cleaning the lens, really. You're cleaning the glass filter that's on top of the sensor.

There are hundreds of tutorials on youtube that can help you clean a sensor.

I use this method on manual cleaning:

First - blower bulb. Tip the body towards the ground, blow the sensor area out
Second - Arctic butterfly - static brush cleaning
Third - Test shot, set contrast to 100% and aperture to F22
Still dirty?
Fourth, wet cleaning using swab from Visible Dust (manufactured to fit the sensor, these are one time use).

Then repeat third and fourth step until it's clean enough.

I use cleaning stuff from www.visibledust.com available almost anywhere online.


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 Post subject: Re: Your photo questions answered!
PostPosted: December 19th, 2012, 6:35 am 
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Good to know thanks.

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