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  1. Hi all, Hope everyone is getting on OK through the lockdown. I use the S-system for work (I'm just a basic freelance photographer), and thus far I've always passed off my bodies to Leica Service here in Ginza, Tokyo to clean the sensors. With the Leica reputation in connection to sensor cover glass, I have not taken any chances. Leica Ginza usually do the job for nothing (quick clean)---anything more involved that'd require a service charge can be written down on my expenses, so I do that and save myself the hassle. All good. {It's also better for me to put the liability more squarely on them, just in-case any sensor cover glass problems did arise: I do not want to eat the Leica after-service tax infamous in these parts---I'm only half joking.} However! Leica Ginza has been effectively shut down since 8th April and doesn't look like going back to normal service anytime soon. My sensors really need a clean, so I'll have to take matters into my own hands. Not scared about it, but I want to get this right in the least number of iterations. Please lend me your expertise m(. .)m I have just tried the Pentax O-ICK1 on my backup S2-P body today. The O-ICK1 (great name) is a kind of dry-clean implement, for anyone unfamiliar. Didn't go well. I had more dust on the sensor after cleaning than before! (I held myself back from doubling down and trying again) So it looks as though that was ¥3,000 down the tubes. No great shakes, but I'm looking for a different and better way now... I'm in Japan so many of the products available to guys in the West, that turn up on Google searches of this topic, don't seem to be available for me here. I checked older threads and saw a Visible Dust swab made for 30mm sensors (dunno if specifically for the 30x45 Leica Pro Format, but anyway...) which I can't get my hands on in Japan. So I'm looking for workarounds. I've never wet cleaned a sensor myself before, so please forgive my ignorance and beginner questions: 1) Can I just use a full-frame swab? Does the edge of a swab leave a line? Assuming yes, otherwise there would be no market for different sensor size swabs.. or is it all FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) from the sensor cleaning-industrial complex? 2) Can I just wrap a lens cleaning paper on a bit of stiff card or plastic, some isopropyl alcohol on the thin edge, and DIY myself a swab? The one remaining dry-clean solution (that I know of) I haven't tried is a sensor brush, like one of those Arctic Butterfly brushes---how do we feel about those? That specific product is not readily available here, although there seem to be copycat brush products (which surely perform just as well). What is the main thing I am looking for in a sensor brush? (materials, size, etc) I can't say whether the majority of the spots on my sensors are dust or oil, etc., but blowing is not doing the trick so I definitely need to do something more proactive to deal with whatever it is. My two camera bodies are the S typ006 and S2-P, both have had new sensors in them to replace defective gen1 versions, so the cover glass on there is whatever spec the replacement CCDs come with. Any advice and experience welcome. Cheers. Tom
  2. So most of the photos from my last batch came up looking really weird. Here's a picture agains the sky where you can see what I mean: I don't think it is the lens, since I don't see the same problem with my m8.2. I live in Mexico City, so taking it to a Leica store to the US would be really expensive. I also don't really trust general camera stores here, the reviews I've looked at seem pretty bad. Has anyone had this problem as well? Should I try cleaning the sensor myself? Suggestions? Help!
  3. Pardon a possibly stupid question, but which Sensor Swab Width have my fellow M8 Users had the most success with? I have a few swabs left from my EOS 1.6x crop sensor cleaning kit and I have to order some new supplies, but am confused whether to get the wider ones listed at the manufacturer's site for 1.3x sensors or stick with the 1.5/1.6x crop swabs. Sincerely Richard Ward
  4. Hi everyone, I was cleaning my camera's sensor when I found a thing stuck on the sensor that looked like a scratch. I have tried to remove it but I could not. This morning I took three sample pictures of the sky: f/16, f/11, and f/8. This thing showed up only in the f/16 pic. Would a scratch show up at any aperture setting?! Also, Does anyone have experience with sensor replacement? How much would it cost (USA) ? Thanks !
  5. Hi I was wondering if someone used the PENTAX O-ICK1 cleaning kit on M9 and with what result. Any advice on how to use it properly? Thanks
  6. How often do folks typically need to wet clean their SL sensors? Lately my SL is picking up quite a bit of dust, and I seem to need to clean about once every 8 weeks or so, and I am not in a particularly dusty environment when I change lenses.
  7. Hallo, habe einen Fleck auf dem Sensor meiner M8 gefunden, gibt es einen Tip wie ich den entfernen kann? Danke schon mal Gruß Jochen
  8. As M9 owners, it seems many of us have had to deal with sensor cleaning issues like never before in our photographic lives. I thought I had things pretty well solved with the occasional use of Dust Aid Platinum adhesive swabs to lift off the occasional dust specks introduced (probably) from frequent lens changes. I did this a week ago and to my surprise, the device left some debris on the sensor that wouldn't come off with repeated touches with a fresh Platinum swab. So where to turn...here of course. So I read the threads on sensor cleaning, ordered the Eclipse 2 swabs that come pre-moistened (because I read how often the mistake one makes is to put too much fluid on the swab), and went at it, following the directions to the T. One swipe across, don't lift off, swab back across the other way, and dispose of the swab. The result is that my sensor is covered with what look to be fluid marks..almost like the water spots we once saw on our film after it was dry if we didn't use a wetting agent as a final rinse. So my question is, now what to do? I have four more E2 swabs, each sealed in their individual packets. Any ideas on this? It would be great to get M9 sensor cleaning down to a sure thing. This floundering around is very frustrating, especially when I have shoots scheduled for next week. Thanks for your advice! Geoffrey Milford, PA
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