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How do you care for the sensor glass?
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:22:26 AM »

As a newbie MF user there are a few things I wonder about. One of these things is how careful users in general are with the sensor glass when cleaning it.

Reading the manual it says wiping it off with a dry optical cloth you can kill the sensor with static charge. Removing dust with compressed air is out of the question (!) etc. The only way you may clean the sensor glass is with the sensor cleaning kits.

To me all this seems to be overly protective, which user manuals usually are. If you out in the field remove the back to change between portrait and landscape orientation for example and a water drop or some dust gets on the glass, what do you do? End the shoot take it home and use the sensor cleaning kit in a 100% dust-free environment? Or use a dust blower and blow off the water drop / dust, or even use a cloth to wipe it off? I was thinking that dust blower in the field and compressed air in a can in the studio would be kind of ideal "quick clean" solutions, but I don't know...
Re: How do you care for the sensor glass?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 03:21:48 AM »

I use and keep with me a rocket blower, the Phase 1 "spatula" , PEC pads and Eclipse fluid.
store them in a small covered plastic container and use it as needed. The arctic butterfly works well too.
BTW Eclipse 1 has the highest evaporation rate of all the fluids so it works the best for me much better than any of the factory supplied fluids
Every time I remove the back or change a lens I'm in the habit of giving it a shot with the rocket blower which I keep stored with my lenses.
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Re: How do you care for the sensor glass?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012, 03:41:56 AM »

For removing dust I'd recommend a rocket blower over a compressed air can as the latter can have some condensed air which will spit out some water...

You can order the lint-free wipes from your Mamiya Leaf dealer. You can use breath (moist) for initial clean and the best fluid is isopropyl alcohol (min. 95%), which you can get from most chemists. Remember not to use the same side of the wipe more than once!


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