Question from Tiffani about cleaning a camera -
Hello, I was wondering if you could help a first timer clean her camera
I have a Nikon D60 and I am ashamed to say I have never cleaned it in
the few years I've owned it. I have a cheap filter on the front of the
lens to keep the actual lens from getting scratched but now I'm
wondering if the cheap glass is compromising the image quality.
I ordered a Giottos Rocket Blower and am waiting for it to arrive. I've
heard a lot about Pec Pads and Eclipse cleaning solution to clean the
sensor with; would you recommend something different?
I'm confused about sensor brushes as well. I'm also hoping that you can
offer some insight as to what exactly a lens pen is and how it differs
from a synthetic brush. After I blow the large dust particles off the
front of my lens, do I then use the microfiber to polish it?
And would a lens pen be better to use as it has the brush on one end
and the polisher on the other? And how would you go about cleaning the
contacts on the side of the lens? Hope you can help me out!
Thanks in advance. cleaning a
- Hello Tiffani,
Thank you for visiting Better-Photographs.com and contacting me.
From the way you ask the question, I am sure you appreciate that it is
best to make sure a camera is always kept clean.
- Turn off the camera and remove the battery before
cleaning. Wipe gently with a soft cloth. If the camera is very dirty,
soak the cloth in mild soapy water and wring well. Wipe the camera with
a damp cloth and then dry it with a dry
cloth. Always remove any salt water
- Wipe the monitor and viewfinder gently with a soft
- When it comes to the lens use a Blower Brush to
remove any dust particles. Any splash marks, finger smudges etc. can
usually be removed by breath condensation and a clean lint free
cloth. If you choose to use a filter, always use the best quality or
might as well use bottle glass for lenses.
In my 50+ years experience I have only cleaned the inside of a camera
if it's necessary. If
your camera is functioning properly, the viewfinder is clear and your
photographs are unblemished, there is probably no need to clean its
normal cicumstances, dust and dirt can only enter a camera when lenses
changed and the best practice to adopt when doing so is to switch the
camera off and hold it with the lens facing downwards in a wind free
area. This may seem obvious but I continue to be amazed that so many
phtographers do not observe this simple precaution.
If the mirror or another easily accessibly part needs cleaning then
blow dust off mirror and focusing screen with a commercially available
blower. cleaning a camera
If you think the sensor needs cleaning then some cameras have a pixel
mapping or sensor cleaning function (or both) usually to be found in
the menus. Try running these first. I do not consider it worth the risk
of atempting to clean a sensor yourself and recommend contacting an
authorized service center for your make of camera. Sensors are highly
sensitive and can easily be damaged.
Further notes and cautions -
cleaning a camera
- Do not use strong solvents such as benzene or
alcohol, or a chemically treated cloth.
- Avoid storing the camera in places where chemicals
are treated, in order to protect the camera from corrosion.
- Mold may form on the lens surface if the lens is left
- Check each part of the camera before use if it has
not been used for a long time. Before taking important pictures, be
sure to take a test shot and check that the camera works properly.
- Be careful not to let the mechanical blower
(commercially available) touch the image pickup device. If the blower
touches the image pickup device, the image pickup device will be
- Never put the mechanical blower behind the lens
mount. If the power turns off, the shutter closes, breaking the shutter
- Do not use anything other than the mechanical blower.
If high-pressure gas is sprayed onto the image pickup device, it will
freeze on the image pickup device’s surface, damaging the image pickup
Also, may I suggest you also post your question on the
Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/betterphotographs
and if you are
the LinkedIn network, there is a Group of Nikon Users at - www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=130599
That way you might get further advice from someone who has cleaned a
D60 or at least a Nikon.
I hope this helps you and if you do find further advice which you would
like to share with your fellow photographers then please add a comment
at the foot of this page.
Best wishes, cleaning a camera