My nickname back east is Tinarama - a moniker a friend likes to call me. That name was ringing in my ears when I started to write this post so I thought I'd share that with you all. My family travels back east at least once a year to visit dear friends and relatives. So, after traveling to the east coast this summer including dusty NYC, sandy Delaware beaches, and all that "hot air" from Washington, D.C. my DSLR (I have a Canon 5D Mark II) saw a lot of action. Once I returned home it was time to give it a once over and make sure it was ready for more action. Lately I've been doing a bunch of high key product photography which absolutely needs a clean sensor.
So it was high time I opened up my camera to clean it up. Having come from a tech background I felt comfortable doing this myself. It's super easy and simple for a novice. First I checked out a number of DIY videos on YouTube. Then I purchased a Sensor Swab TYPE3 (for full frame) kit at my local camera shop. The type I purchased are pre-moistened, one-time use swabs. This makes it easy to carry in your camera bag for quick on-the-go clean-ups. But you can also get kits that come with a bottle of cleaning fluid that you drop onto dry swabs. My camera is cleaned up and ready for more shots. Like I said it is super easy and a necessary thing to do with your camera if you want it to perform at its best. The step-by-step directions follow:
If you prefer having visuals, check out this long but thorough youtube video that shows both a wet and dry method. It is really easy and according to the Sensor Swab packaging it is guaranteed not to harm the sensor.