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Cleaning a camera ?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Stephen Rundle, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    As you know ! I have bought a D60 lately and have just ordered a D30 Canon.

    However it is in a mess. Image from ebay seller

    Whilst I am not bothered too much it would be nice to use it, so, what would you clean the mirror with and how, thanks

  2. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I do have these anything else I need


  3. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Those will do to start,
    Don't touch the mirror, with anything.
    You may want a brush, a modellers paint brush should suffice to shift dust that can't be blown out.
    A 1/2" paint brush cut to about 1/2' long can be used with a solution of washing up liquid and water to shift grease from the outside, you don't need much, just moisten the bristles and gently scrub the outside. A tooth brush will do just as well.
    Don't touch the mirror
    A lint free cloth moistened with Isopropyl alcohol is good for shifting greasy marks from screens and lens mounts, though that one doesn't look bad.
    You may want to have a clean cloth on the surface you are working on and a towel to dry the outside once it is clean, you aren't getting it wet but you will want to remove any water that remains.
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  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Best not to touch the mirror. Too easily damaged
  5. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Will have to
  6. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I suggest that you won't have to. If it won't come off the mirror with a blower you need a professional clean of the mirror. SLR mirrors are "front silvered" and the surface is very soft and easily scratched, by which I mean so easily scratched that even a soft cloth can leave permanent damage.
  7. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Not dramatically bothered as it is a D30 but if it is usable ok without then I won't but you know what people like me are like, OCD etc
  8. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

  9. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I usually post this one :)

  10. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Came today, says on box top left for "monitors" ?? :eek:

  11. cliveva

    cliveva Well-Known Member

    Hi, it looks like the silvering has deteriorated, but difficult to tell from photo. Could you do a closeup of just the mirror, with defused lighting?
  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Probably someone trying to clean it. Looks in dreadful state as if it has been stored without a body cap on.
  13. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    That it does.
  14. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    YOU were RIGHT, when using the camera it does not show, effect it.

    It IS just years of dust
  15. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    Thanks all
  16. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    That makes a change
  17. IanG1957

    IanG1957 Well-Known Member

    Hear hear
  18. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I suppose if you put it in rice, making sure enough goes into the camera all the water will get absorbed and should be OK.
  19. Stephen Rundle

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