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Will Argos have what I need?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Blaire Edge, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Blaire Edge

    Blaire Edge New Member

    I have only just started getting into Photography and recently brought myself a second hand Nikon D40 which was pretty inexpensive. I love taking pictures with it and feel my skills have improved a lot - my photography is mostly of beauty products for my social media. However, I have noticed some 'cloudy' spots that always appear on the same place within my pictures - they can easily be edited out in Photoshop as they are pretty small but I'd prefer not to have to do this every time. I work for Argos so have a little staff discount there and was wondering if anyone has used/would recommend their camera cleaning kit? I want to pick it up later today when I am at work but don't want to waste my money.
    Andy advice would be great.
  2. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    I have never used a kit - I have always found a simple blower to be sufficient.

    Having said that I looked for a camera cleaning kit in the Argos catalogue and found nothing (thought I might be able to offer an opinion) . can you give a link?

  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    A camera cleaning kit and a sensor cleaning kit can be different things. I'd expect one to be for the outside and the lenses and the other for the sensor.

    If you download a manual for the camera (if you don't have one) there will be a section on cleaning the sensor. The basic tool is a bulb-blower*. This is a rubber bulb that you squeeze and air comes out of a nozzle. They usually have a filter and one-way valve so they fill with clean air. The camera manual will tell you how to expose the sensor and it will tell you to use the blower to send 2 or three puffs of air over the sensor WITHOUT touching anything or putting the nozzle inside the lens mount. I usually do this with the camera upside down to prevent more dust falling inside. Do it in a low dust environment if you can. The manual will tell you how to cover the sensor again. Then put the lens back on and try some shots of a piece of white paper with exposure compensation +2 ( or of the sky if clear) with the lens stopped down to F22. Repeat if necessary.

    *don't confuse with a blower-brush. These are smaller bulb-blowers with a brush on the end used for cleaning lenses. You do NOT want bits of brush inside the camera.
  4. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Like Mick I looked and found nothing and, to be honest, I doubt if Argos would carry anything suitable - sensor cleaning kit is fairly specialist stuff. If you are fortunate to have a camera store nearby they will probably have something suitable otherwise try online - London Camera Exchange (LCE), Jessops and Wex should have something suitable.
  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I always used Eclipse kit for cleaning my Nikon sensor. It's not as daunting as some seem to think and does the job well. So long as you prepare properly it takes a minute to swipe the sensor both ways and clean the dust off (not just blow it around, as with a blower)!

    I used the camera manual to go through the initial process of locking up the mirror ready to clean the sensor. I put my camera (charged up well) on a tripod, to leave both hands free. Have everything to hand when you start and with no distractions. :)

    It really is no big deal and worth it. Keep the eclipse fluid in the fridge for safety.
  6. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I searched on Argos too and found nothing. Another name for the blower is rocket-blower ( one of the more expensive ones is shaped like a "rocket" in that you can stand it on its end). As said above any camera shop should have one.
  7. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    That sounds very much like dust on the sensor. As Pete suggested above a good blower may get rid of the spots. If that doesn't work you'll want a sensor cleaning kit which consists of wipers and a fluid. I'd suggest buying this from a decent camera shop such as Jessops or the London Camera exchange if you can get to one.

    DO NOT buy a "full frame" cleaning kit as your D40 has an APS sensor which is smaller. The wipers might not fit.

    Above all be very gentle when using the kit. A good idea is to practice on a window or mirror.

    Only use a wiper once then throw it away as a dirty wiper can do more harm than good.
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  8. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Perhaps Argos isn't the best place to look for something like this - a specialist camera shop should have what you want, and may also be able to help you find out if what you need is something different.

    After using DSLRs for about 12 years, I've only once had a problem with dust on the sensor, and a 'rocket blower' (see above) for a few pounds solved the problem. See PeteRob's post #3 above.

    The trick is to avoid situations that increase the risk of dust getting onto the sensor. A salesman in a branch of LCE once advised me to always switch off the camera body a few seconds before changing lenses because some sensors may have a small static electricity charge on them that can attract dust. Try to hold the camera body with the lens mount facing downwards when changing lenses so that there is less chance of stuff falling into the camera body. And don't change lenses in windy or dusty conditions if you can avoid it.

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