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    Sensor Cleaning

    Just curious about what MFD shooters use for sensor cleaning. I've used the E-Wipe and like them for convenience. I now have a Phase One kit containing Digi Clean solutions and application pads. And I have Eclipse E2 and PecPads in my DSLR kit. What do you use? Besides canned air that is.
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    The PhaseOne Solution 2 is essentially identical to Eclipse E2. P1 solution 1 is a soapy (messy) solution for really stubborn crud -- I have only ever used it on a filter and it took like 3 follow-ups with Solution 2 to get it all off, so be forewarned. You also got a packet of spatulas, and they work amazingly well with the PecPads wrapped over them for the wipe.
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    the leaf wipes are better than the one that comes with the PhaseOne kit. I've found they can leave little fuzzies on the edge.

    Also I use the supplied plastic spatula, but hold the wipe in such away that I can move it very slightly. After moistening it with solution b (don't use A unless you absolutely have to ... as Jack mentioned very hard to get it cleaned off) I will wipe the sensor, move the pad slightly and repeat. You can do this about 3 times easily, because you move it slightly no trapped particles to rub across the sensor.

    Additionally get a bright very even LED flashlight and a good pair of high power reading glasses. With a MFDB, you don't need to take test shots to see if your sensor is clean, just hold the light across the sensor and look. Anything remains try puffiing it off with a bulb blower, if it doesn't come off, repeat the clean.

    I've been doing this for a year and a half now, as demonstrated by Bill Atkinson at the first PODAS workshop. I often clean my back before heading out on every shoot ... just so easy to do.
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    Leaf pads Joe . I know CI has them since I bought mine there
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    Thanks very much Jack, Wayne and Guy. I'm surprised no one mentioned E-Wipes. Maybe the methanol, and hence flammable warning on the package, scares people away. Plus, you can't have them in your carry-on bag on an airplane.
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    Sure you can carry E-Wipes on a plane. If you can bring your stun gun (http://articles.cnn.com/2011-07-11/t...t?_s=PM:TRAVEL), it's unlikely they'll discover a few wipes.
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    Thanks very much Jack, Wayne and Guy. I'm surprised no one mentioned E-Wipes. Maybe the methanol, and hence flammable warning on the package, scares people away. Plus, you can't have them in your carry-on bag on an airplane.
    damn need to take mine out than for tomorrow. Thanks Joe
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    Re: Sensor Cleaning

    To be serious about it, I don't think E-Wipes are among the prohibited items. They aren't a flammable liquid or gel, and I don't see where else they fit: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...-items.shtm#11

    Note, though, that those gel insoles in your shoes are now on the list! I feel safer already.

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