I own a canon 10D and have a spec or something on my sensor. I know how to open up the camera to expose it, but am very uncertain of how to go about cleaning it. How gentle should I be, and what materials should I use? Thanx very much to anyone who can help.
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Re: Cleaning my sensor
I have tried cleaning my 20D a few times. It is easy to do and the result is satisfactory.
For routine cleaning, I just use a blower to blow off any dust on the sensor. Remember to turn the camera so that the sensor is facing down. In this way the dust once blow away will not fall onto the sensor again.
For dirt that cannot be blown away, I use the Sensor Swab from Photographic Solution.
They are very effective and easy to use but expensive (still much cheaper than going to Canon for service). Just remember not to add too much cleaning solution to avoid sneaking.
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Yes, it is normal. This is a reasonably old DSLR, and it's designed for you to look through the viewfinder (it's more accurate anyway as it's looking through the lens). You'll find if you keep one hand under the lens and one hand on the shutter, it'll feel quite comfortable to look through the viewfinder.
You can still view photos you've taken after you've taken them though.