Photowalking #2, Part I: cleaning the sensor

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Thomas Hawk starts off a day of shooting in Half Moon Bay by cleaning his sensor on his Canon 5D. Over the next few days you’ll see the rest of Photowalking with Thomas Hawk and discover how he made 60 great images in just a little more than an hour.


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  1. More photowalking is up « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger Says:

    […] First and second parts of our pumpkin walk with photosharing service Zooomr CEO Thomas Hawk is up. Filed under: blogging @ 12:03 am # […]

  2. DrumsNWhistles Says:

    This is one of the most helpful videos yet. I clean my own sensor too — dust is one of the biggest aggravations of DSLRs.

  3. Dust is the bane of my camera at odd time signatures Says:

    […] …and the bane of anyone else who uses a DSLR. Every time the lens is changed little specks of dust get sucked onto my sensor and show up in my photos as dark spots that I have to Photoshop out. The Nikon manual practically shouts to send it in to the manufacturer, but you don’t have to, and this video that Scoble shot with Thomas Hawk is a really helpful video. Out of the 4:27 video, about 1:30 deals with the actual process, which proves that it’s much easier than the manufacturers want you to think. (Note: On the Nikon, the menu setting to clean the sensor is “Mirror lock-up”, not “sensor cleaning mode” like the Canon) […]

  4. Brian Sullivan Says:

    I so far have not tried cleaning the sensor myself on my Nikon but I have found that “professional” cleaning costs far less than the $90 mentioned by Thomas and is far less painful than sending it back to the manufacturer. In Toronto Vistek does it for $35 (Canadian) often turning it around in an hour (but at most a day).

    I admint that this is not very helpful if you are out in a Pumpkin patch parking lot though or if you aren’t close to a major retailer with a service department.

  5. Hank Says:

    Never clean your sensor outdoors like that if you can avoid it.

    Also, it would be helpful to know where you get the sensor swabs.

  6. Robert Scoble Says:

    Hank: he bought them at B&H Photo.

  7. Brian Sullivan Says:

    Is it the “Visible Dust” product he uses or something else?

  8. Robert Scoble Says:

    I’ll try to get him to answer here.

  9. Thomas Hawk Says:

    I buy them here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=238168&is=REG

  10. Brian Sullivan Says:

    OK — thanks.

    And you use the recommended solution - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=details_accessories&A=details&Q=&sku=127525&is=REG&addedTroughValue=242758_REG&addedTroughType=accessory_detail

    or something else that you can buy locally? (I assume this is the stuff you refer to that can’t be shipped?)

  11. Nigel Says:

    Just starting to watching the second series of the photowalking - great that these are back :)

    A quic note - is it on purpose that you don’t do any post-processing ? I mean when you were fixing the mic the camera was still running and this made it to the final cut - would it not have been better to cut this, or even start again?

    cheers,

    Nige

  12. Robert Scoble Says:

    Nigel: I’m lazy. Shoot me. :-)

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  79. M Says:

    you can easily clean it with an air compressor. I payd $80 for the compressor and I clean with that all my electronic devices, including the 40D sensor, lenses, etc.

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