Cleaning This, Cleaning That: the Dirty Side of Photography.

Today was a good day to clean. Well, cleaning the big stuff mostly. I started with the usual list of things that really needed to be done, but then moved into the yard and gardening work. However, I spent a couple of hours going through all of my camera gear, (which needed cleaning really badly since all of the studio work I did last week was in a real dusty location), and that took up the rest of my afternoon focusing on my gear. I had a dirty camera, or I should say dirty cameras, as I did them all today, and they were dirty.

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Now that I have lenses that are super expensive (pro gear), I want to maintain them as best I can using the best cleaning aids and methods that I can get my hand on. I ordered several weeks ago cleaning swabs that were pre-packaged with cleaning solution that were made by the same manufacture as my some of my lenses. I bought cleaning swabs/cloths made by Carl Zeiss, and they work awesome on my lenses. The last Sony lens that I bought (which has Carl Zeiss glass in it) is weather proof, and is the perfect combination to work with my A77 as it is also weather proof, but water leaves residue behind, and that has a negative affect on image quality the next day when it dries. I used the swabs on all glass components, including my filters for getting rid of residue and dust. The microfibre cloths also work well for every day cleaning, and I always have a good supply with me in my camera bag.

Next were the CMOS sensors on both of my camera that I use. My Sony A77 seems to have a sensor that dust just loves to stick to. It seems that I am cleaning that camera way more than I was when I was just using my smaller A33. In the last three times that did my cleaning on A77, it required me actually physically wiping the CMOS Sensor off with cleaning wands because the camera’s built-in sensor cleaning and the spray air can did not work alone. All of my studio images that I kept last week had to have some photo editing done to remove the tiny black dots as a result of a dirty sensor. Since I have owned the A77, this will be the third cleaning that I have done to it, so it seems that I am cleaning it about once every three or four months. I do lots of lens changes, and most of those changes are done in the field, outside, so I am surprised that my camera’s sensor stays as clean as it does.

One last bit of cleaning…me. Jumping into the shower to end my working day off.

A good website on different camera cleaning methods:

Sensor Cleaning – Digital SLR Sensor Cleaning That Works For Me

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