Today I like to talk about the simple and not complicated way of cleaning of the camera sensor, to clean the sensor by yourself is always a kind of headache to many photographers, one of the most is afraid of damaging the sensor, when you change frequently the lens on location, there are always some tiny dirt on the sensor, normally we can remove the dirt which can be seen, but not those can’t be examine by the eyes, on the post-processing you will see the spot dirt on the image with light sky on the pc, which will be more troublesome and time consuming, then many people will send the camera to the shop for cleaning, but for just those tiny dirt you are able to do the DIY cleaning with suitable tools.
以下是個人DIY清除CMOS感應器的一些經驗分享，主要資訊是來自紐約知名攝影師Neil Van Niekerk的啟發：
I will share my experience the following about how to do the DIY of cleaning the sensor, and it is inspired by the noted NY photographer Neil Van Niekerk:
器材(Gears)：可自Amazon或B&H採購(Can be found on Amazon and B&H)
- 凝膠棒(Sensor Gel Stick)
- 相機感應器放大鏡(Camera Sensor Magnifier)
Before the cleaning steps, you have to check the camera power is full to support your cleaning job against the fall off of the reflecting mirror.
Firstly, take a photo of the white wall or paper and check it on the pc to see the situation of the spot dirt on it, find out the manual of the camera on “manual cleaning sensor” instruction, starting the DIY cleaning when the reflecting mirror is up, first clean the sensor chamber by rubber blower, then fitting the “Camera Sensor Magnifier” into the chamber, turn the magnifying lens until you can see clearly the sensor surface, move the magnifying lens to the side and use the “Sensor Gel Stick” gently touching the surface of the sensor to stick the dirt away, to clean the head of the “Sensor Gel Stick” by using the sticking paper equipped, to repeat the steps above until you can’t see the spot dirt.
- The explanation above on the DIY cleaning of the camera sensor is belong to the easy cleaning situation, but not suitable to the serious dirty sensor, it is then recommended to send to the concerning shop for the professional care.
- It should be very gently when using “Sensor Gel Stick” to touch the sensor surface, the manufacturer will not be responsible for any damage caused by impropriate operating which not following the manual stated.