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M8 sensor dust remover - sticky 'wand'?


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It would be awesome if someone would design a "white out" lens to fit the camera (Actually it could be as simple as a filter that has white paper on it) and a simple piece of software that would allow you to connect the USB cord and instantly see a full screen image of the shot to check your cleaning progress...

 

Maybe Sandy can develop it as a paid add on to Corner Fix :):):)

 

PS This now explains the design inclusion of that USB plug we all thought was more like an appendix!... :rolleyes:

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I noticed that nice test unit - and that Leica actually uses the USB connection (if not one else does) and also has AC converters to slide in in place of a battery.

 

I think one of those white-balance filters/lens caps available might duplicate what Leica has - personally I prefer a stopped-down lens (defocused) to accentuate the dust specs when shooting cleaning samples

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Iv'e just seen the Leica M9 factory tour video and was impressed by the orange sticky 'wand' the tech used to get dust off the sensor - anyone know what this is and/ or where it can be purchased? anyone used one?

 

I believe this is what you're looking for.

 

I am about to order one, but with upcoming potential postal strikes it may never arrive. :(

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Pentax Germany offers a product matching this description (Sensor Cleaning Kit - PENTAX Europe GmbH; I haven’t found it on the websites of either Pentax UK or USA). I’ve used this winegum-on-a-stick tool with lots of different cameras and it works very well (much better than a spec grabber).

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My guess is that the sticky head is pretty effective for dust, pollen, and other dry contaminants.

 

However, if you have oil or liquid based contamination, you'll likely still need a liquid cleaner (commercial proprietary formulation or lab grade isopropyl alcohol).

 

Then what about haze residue?

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Warning! I have broken Hasselblad H3D sensor glass using this one. I have pressed it to hard.

But I compared filter thickness between Pentax sensor and Hasselblad one. Pentax one is about 3mm thick(no wonder it won`t break!!!) And Hasselblad one is 1mm only!

I believe Leica one is same(or thinner) as Hasselblad one . You have to be really( I mean really really! ---I was careful with Hasselblad one!)

I use wiping method now. No real pressure on Sensor glass.

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Hmm - you should see how (apparently) hard the technician in Solms presses on the sensor!

They should know!

 

Brian,

I agree. That lady seems to be really pounding that thing. Any chance this could be a reason for the vertical line problem??? I know nothing about sensors or the circuit boards that articulate with them.

 

Also, question to caparobertsan.

When the Hasselblad sensor was broken, did you know because there was a visual crack or glass everywhere, or were there other symptoms?

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1. Polyester type Q-tips. Fibers don't fall off these.

2. Isopropyl alcohol.

 

If, you get haze... just polish lightly with the swab until it is gone. Also, don't use a blower of any type. Remove the dust from the sensor and get it out of the inside of your camera (with a swab). Don't blow it into the camera. If you use a blower, the dust has a pretty good chance of just moving to the inside of the camera to return again to the sensor.

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Brian,

I agree. That lady seems to be really pounding that thing. Any chance this could be a reason for the vertical line problem??? I know nothing about sensors or the circuit boards that articulate with them.

 

Also, question to caparobertsan.

When the Hasselblad sensor was broken, did you know because there was a visual crack or glass everywhere, or were there other symptoms?

 

YES WAND had almost gone through the glass! It was bad mistake. YEs glass was everywhere and cracked badly. I had removed screw and removed cover glass, sent ccd back to the factory. I usually use special mixture of methanol and either using lint free paper and tweeser.

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