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Sensor cleaning

Anyone cleaned their EM1 sensor and does the IBIS cause any additional problems?
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Re: Sensor cleaning

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Anyone cleaned their EM1 sensor and does the IBIS cause any additional problems?
Done it twice on both my E-M1 and E-M5. I used Eclipse solution (methanol I think) with APSC-sized Sensorswabs running vertically as viewed from the camera in its landscape orientation. I made sure the camera was off and I tried not to push too hard. Clean worked fine and seemingly no side-effects.
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Re: Sensor cleaning

Interesting.

I have never cleaned an Olympus digital sensor, right back to the E1. I thought I was going to have to earlier this year at Donington Park, but a couple of 'on-off' cycles cleared the 2 little splodges that had appeared on the E-M1's sensor.

However, one of the reasons I have 2 bodies is so I don't have to change lenses in dusty environments, and I had no sensor trouble during a week on the back of open landrovers on dusty game drives a few weeks ago*.

What's everyone else's experience with this?

*It was amazingly dusty:

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Anyone cleaned their EM1 sensor and does the IBIS cause any additional problems?
Hi,

I contacted Olympus about a Sensor issue 2 weeks ago, had a couple of dust spots and my E-M1 has just returned from their centre after having the sensor cleaned under the service plus agreement for no charge,

Excellent service only problem was they updated it to firmware 3.1 but free clean and the camera was only away for a toal of 4 days.

Olympus UK recommended that only they should do the sensor cleaning on the E-M1 and as it was free under warranty why not?

Very impressed with Olympus service, certainly good customer care for me.

Hope this helps?

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Sounds fantastic!
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Re: Sensor cleaning

Two previous Olympus digital SLR'S and currently using an EM-1 and EM-5. Have never had to clean a sensor and really happy with my cameras.
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Re: Sensor cleaning

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Hi,

I contacted Olympus about a Sensor issue 2 weeks ago, had a couple of dust spots and my E-M1 has just returned from their centre after having the sensor cleaned under the service plus agreement for no charge,

Excellent service only problem was they updated it to firmware 3.1 but free clean and the camera was only away for a toal of 4 days.

Olympus UK recommended that only they should do the sensor cleaning on the E-M1 and as it was free under warranty why not?

Very impressed with Olympus service, certainly good customer care for me.

Hope this helps?

Dave
I think I need mine cleaned and part of the rubber on the rear of it is coming lose around the review button so I will contact them to send it back.
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Re: Sensor cleaning

I'm sure it's not rocket science. The service people will probably use swabs, just like you. Can't see them using ultrasonic, so what other options are there.

I like Paul's method of vertical sweeps - less distance to cover.
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Re: Sensor cleaning

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I'm sure it's not rocket science. The service people will probably use swabs, just like you. Can't see them using ultrasonic, so what other options are there.

I like Paul's method of vertical sweeps - less distance to cover.
DIY should be OK unless the dirt is behind the SSWF dust filter; there are several pieces of glass stacked in front of the actual sensor and the sensor itself is on a delicately suspended moving platform.

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Re: Sensor cleaning

Interesting, it suggests an air gap between the SSWF and the sensor stack. I assume the glass is laminated with the sensor, is that so?
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Re: Sensor cleaning

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Interesting, it suggests an air gap between the SSWF and the sensor stack. I assume the glass is laminated with the sensor, is that so?
Hi there Ricoh!

Going back to the sensor on the E-420 (last one I took apart) there is an air gap between the SSWF and the hot mirror stack, and then another air gap between that and the sensor. The hot mirror stack has several layers. I would guess that there isn't too much difference on the newer sensors, but I haven't had one apart just yet.

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Re: Sensor cleaning

Gosh, air gaps galore! I found optics a tricky subject and take my hat off to optical designers, with or without CAD.

Dust between layers is one thing, but sticky crud another. I wonder if they dismantle the stack if necessary.
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