Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cleaning Tools for My Nikon D40x: LensPen and Giottos Rocket Air Blower

A few weeks back, I asked Joms to buy me a LensPen and a Giottos Rocket Air Blower at I often ask him to buy me stuff there even though I already have an account. I am not used to dealing with those people and he is actually good on it.

I haven't tried the product weeks after I bought it but since I wasn't doing anything a while ago, I decided to try it. The LensPen is a tool for cleaning dust particles on the surface of the camera and on the lens. Here is the product overview (if you can't read the text click here can't make the image larger 'coz it ruins the layout of the page >.<):

If you can see the images above, that is how the lens surface will look like after cleaning. It will get rid of the dust without damaging it. I already tried it with Elouise's Lens Pen before and it works pretty good. This is why I bought one myself.
LensPen original, be careful of immitations!

Giottos Rocket Air Blower is a cleaning tool for dusts on sensors. I learned how to use it when I was in Zambales and Hal, Ayo's friend, thought me how. I had dust on my sensor since our Coron trip a month before but I am not sure how to clean it. He has a rocket air blower and used it on my camera. Soon, the dusts were gone and I am very very happy!

When we were in CDO, the dusts were back and I don't know what to do so I searched and looked for Giottos Rocket Air Blower (since Elouise said it is a good brand) and bought it at once. I bought the medium sized one since the large one is too big and I think the small one would not clean the sensor easily.

Now, I am reviewing how to clean the sensor since it is the most sensitive part of the camera and I came across this on


Things You'll Need:

  • Well-lit area
  • Blank paper
  • Camera cleaning kit
  1. Test the sensor to verify where the dust is located to make it easier and more efficient to clean. In a well-lit area, set your D40x to the smallest aperture setting and focus on a blank piece of paper or white setting.
  2. Take many photos to use as cleaning references and also to locate what areas of the sensor have dust. Download the photos to your computer and zoom in on the images to look for dark spots and imperfections against the white background.
  3. Make sure your battery is fully charged or the AC power is plugged in while cleaning. Remove the lens, power on the camera and then select the mirror lock-up option in the setup menu. Hold down the shutter button and the mirror that covers the sensor will rise.
  4. Hold the camera in a position to reflect light off the sensor and examine it to verify the location of dust. Use a blower to remove any lint or dust that is visible on the sensor. Some cleaning kits will provide swabs and solution that can be use to remove any dust that the blower cannot clear.
  5. Use the swab firmly but gently against the sensor by twisting it 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Turn off the power to the camera to close the mirror to protect the sensor from any potential damage. Place the lens back onto the camera body and retake the photos with the smallest aperture setting and the blank piece of paper.
  6. Compare the photos to the previous pictures to verify the sensor has been thoroughly cleaned. Keep the sensor clean by swapping body caps and lenses quickly to avoid letting dust and lint into the body of the camera. The longer the body is exposed, the more chances for dust and lint on the sensor.
     I'll see in the morning (the morning sky is a good thing to test if the dusts are really gone) if the dusts were all gone but I bet they are. This is a good tool since I already used it once.

    Giottos Rocket Air Blower
    Here is the product description at Filters exchange ( I usually check items for photography here to compare prices.

    I am glad I have this tools now, I can clean my usually over-used camera with this. I will not have to worry now every time I go on trips. Well I guess this is the last time I get to make others buy me stuff. I have to do it on my own next time. This means more hours on the net debating if I should buy or not! However, I think it will be a long time since that time 'coz I am still saving up money for my other future plans (I need to make this blog make money for me, I guess.. haha! ).

    For those like me, a beginner on photography, these tools are very useful, you should try it too. :)


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