Who Knew You Had To Clean These Things?

In most of my life, I’m a bit of a neat freak.  Until my recent embrace of hobo-ism, my car was the one that people remarked on the cleanliness of while I was pulling out the vacuum.  I just like straightening things up and putting things away.  It’s cathartic or something.  I’m the same way with my camera gear – my lenses and filters are always clean.  Until now, however, I never cleaned the sensor on my camera.  I figured it wasn’t that dirty (I don’t change lenses in the desert or anything) and if you make a mistake, not only will you have a broken camera, you’ll have a voided warranty.  In any case, a photography newsletter I read just published a link to some instructions which included an easy way to see how much crap is on your sensor.  Well guess what?  Mine was filthy:


Hit the jump for the easy cleaning steps.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/2.5s