Monday, February 29, 2016

How I remove dust from my camera sensor


This is a Fess, Little noses snot sucker. The idea is you compress the bulb, then insert into your baby's nose, release the bulb and suck out the snot.

It works awesomely for that purpose, to extract blockages up your baby's nose. It quite frankly grossed my husband out. He doesn't do snot, or poo. He's a fogging woos.

When you're a breastfeeding mum and you have a baby taking umpteen breaths just to have a feed, you do what you can. Especially if that babe is holding on to your nipple with it's teeth, as not to let go of the food source when they are taking that breath. You try ANYTHING!

I did use it. It's a useful thing.

Problem is it's been sitting in my junk draw for the last four years. It's only useful on little babies who can't blow their own nose.

It's not likely you will be able to get rid of it second hand in a hurry. Because SNOT.

I did however find a use for it. It's now in my camera bag. You see I had an annoying, annoying shadow on my photos. It was giving me the shits and after a google search(what else), I found it was from dust on my camera sensor. Before this day, I had no idea what the fog a camera sensor was. I thought it was just dust, or a mark on my lens.


I thought I was doomed, because there was no way I could replace a lens, let alone a Canon camera.

It was a relief finding out what I needed to do, but I didn't have a blower. We have an air compressor in the shed, which was highly recommended I didn't use. I did remember the sucker I had in the junk draw. Only I'd be using it in the reverse, of it's intended use.

The day I realised I had the blight on my photos, was a blustery day at the beach. Got great photos of the fam with our neighbours, but also ended up with a grain of sand, sucked into the camera body, onto the sensor.

I did a lot of photoshopping to get rid of the shadow on a heap of photos. It's inconvenient and sometimes not successful, depending where the blight is.

After putting the Canon EOS camera setting on manual cleaning (which lifts the mirror), I could see the tiniest grain of sand I couldn't see with the mirror in the way. Making sure I did NOT touch the sensor I gave the sensor a puff from the snot sucker, pushing air out as quickly as I could.

I saw the grain of sand disappear before my eyes. Make sure you hold the camera with the sensor facing down, so that whatever is blown out will fall out of the camera body for good. Turn the camera off and the mirror will go back into place.

I put the lens back on and took a photo. No blight. It was gone. Thank fog!

So the snot sucker is now an accessory in my camera bag, for the next time a foreign body finds it's way onto my camera sensor! I have learnt something useful, and it wasn't as scary to fix as I thought. Good old Google.  




17 comments:

  1. This is a great tip!! I was unaware!

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  2. Great fix! Much cheaper than a trip to the camera repairer's!

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    1. Exactly, and that's what I thought I was in for!

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  3. You've reminded me that I have a genuine one of these around somewhere.
    On the subject, I recycled my bassinet holder into a washing trolley which works brilliantly! Old baby goods are just waiting for a little creativity and a new purpose!

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    1. One of the solid ends of the girls cot is now a chalk board!

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  4. Yay! So glad that worked for you!! I did get a similar looking thing when I bought a cleaning set for my DSLR but have never had to use it, probably because my camera pretty much sits untouched under my bedside table... My iPhone is just way to convenient and so much lighter when it comes to taking pictures!

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  5. Good thinking 99! I'm never good at thinking outside the square when it comes to fixing or cleaning things. Well played!

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    1. I guess with a second hand dealer/recycler die hard for a Dad, I found novel ways to fix and reuse things!

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  6. I think I have two of those, you know, because one was "lost" when the baby couldn't breath, what a clever reuse of something!

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    1. Google is my teacher and problem solver mostly!

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  8. Useful to know for the future, when I own a decent camera. I hate it when there are spots on my photos from things.

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  9. Hey Alicia,
    Great camera cleaning trick. I love the beach picture. We live in San Diego, and our beach our usually pretty crowded--even in the winter. Those glorious days when I have the shore to myself--or mostly to myself are some of my favorites.

    Thanks for hosting another incredible link-up!

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    1. This strip of beach goes for 15 kilometres, always find a spot that has some space, as long as you have a 4 wheel drive :)

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  10. Such a great tip! We're taking a trip soon and this is a lifesaver. :) I appreciate the link-up.

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  11. What an awesome recycler you are Alicia!!! Brilliant!♥

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