Recently whilst shooting and processing images I have noticed a number of dust spots on my images. Since i bought my Canon 5d second hand about a year ago now I thought it would be a good idea to clean the sensor becuase chances are the owner who had it before me probably hadn’t cleaned it.
I carried out a bit of research on the topic of cleaning the sensor and there were a lot of people out there that said basically don’t do it and send it off to Canon to be on the safe side. However there were also a large amount of photographers out there who had done it themselves. I decided to give it a go.
Once you have these, carry out the following steps.
- Make sure that the battery is fully charged.
- Remove the lens.
- Turn on the camera.
- Press the menu button on the back and navigate to Sensor Cleaning.
- Select the OK option, this will expose the sensor.
- Get a sensor swab and put a couple of drops of cleaning fluid on it.
- Wipe the sensor one way, turn the swab over and wipe it back.
- Turn off the camera.
- Throw away the dirty sensor swab.
An there you have it, I was very impressed how quick and how painless this was to carry out, rather than having to post it Canon, having to wait and probably having to pay a hell of a lot more money!