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Help! Fingerprint smudge on E-P2 sensor

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Monkster, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Monkster

    Monkster Mu-43 Rookie

    May 9, 2011
    I need some help/advice on how to clean fingerprint smudges caused by my 2 year old on my E-P2 sensor while I was changing lenses, she made a beeline for my camera and managed to imprint her finger on the sensor! Is it safe to use a lenspen for my lenses on the sensor? Is there a glass filter on the sensor?
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  2. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser

    Nov 16, 2010
    This should get u started
  3. Howi

    Howi Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2011
    someones bound to have followed that step for step...........:rofl:
  4. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    I can only relate my very limited experience: I had two blurry dust spots and one sharp comma-shaped piece of dust on the sensor of my E-P1, clearly visible in my pictures. I tried to blow off dust with a bulb (which had no visible effect), then, after much hesitation, I used a SensorKlear pen (by Lenspen, made for cleaning camera sensors). I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked-- sensor is perfectly clean as far as I can tell.
  5. I've also had excellent results with the LensPen Sensorklear, most notably cleaning four years worth of crud off a very dirty Canon 350D sensor. I don't know how similar the cleaning pad and material is to the regular LensPen, and I wouldn't risk a sensor just to find out.
  6. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    NOT a lens pen. Use something specifically for sensors
  7. Monkster

    Monkster Mu-43 Rookie

    May 9, 2011
    I ended up using my lenspen on the sensor and it seems to have cleaned the fingerprint off and left no visible residue/marks on the sensor. Was I silly to do that? :)  Took some pics and all looks good...maybe I just got lucky.
  8. punkman

    punkman Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I'm sure you did just fine. :)  The reason SensorKlear (by Lenspen) exists is because Lenspen made the original pen for cleaning lenses but some people started using it on sensors, and there were even rumors that official Canon cleaning outlets used Lenspens. Some guy used to sell videos (for something like $20) claiming to reveal the secrets of using Lenspens on sensors... I think all he did was teach you how to shake off the carbon before you start using it, lol.

    So eventually Lenspen started making SensorKlear specifically designed for sensors. It's still not Klear though whether anything on it is actually changed from the original Lenspen besides shape of the tip, lol. :biggrin:

    There are a lot of Lenspens marketed for different applications which differ only in the shape and size of tip. The original is round for a round lens. SensorKlear and DigiKlear (for LCD displays) are both triangular shaped to get in the corners of a rectangular surface. Now they have SensorKlear II which is also articulated in the shaft.

    In fact, the description for SensorKlear on the Lenspen website reads like this: "SensorKlear II combines the unique LensPen cleaning tip with an articulating head". The unique LensPen cleaning tip doesn't sound like anything different...

    They still have three main categories on their website, based off of the first three "types" they marketed - lenses (LensPen), screens (DigiKlear), and sensors (SensorKlear). The ones for lenses are round, the ones for screens are triangular or square (square is for full-sized displays like laptops), and the ones for sensors are triangular with an articulated shaft. At least now they add articulation to differentiate the SensorKlear from the DigiKlear. ;) 
  10. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    You're fine. People get all wound up about the sensor but there's a piece of glass over the sensor that is basically the same as the glass making up a filter or a lens. What do you do if you get a fingerprint on your lens? Do you send it off to specialist to clean it or do you just wipe it off? I just wipe it off. That glass is pretty tough.
  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    You can do that? You mean I've been wasting all this money and having my lenses gone for so long, for no reason? I should try that next time! :biggrin:
  12. Monkster

    Monkster Mu-43 Rookie

    May 9, 2011
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I did read up on the Lenspen SensorKlear and it did mention that the carbon compound was designed specifically for sensor although I have my doubts whether it is signficantly different from the one on the original lenspen, so I took a chance and it did not seem to have done any damage to my sensor. I think I prefer the dry method of cleaning rather than using the wet method as I have heard horror stories of it leaving streaks, seepage under the filter glass if too much is used etc. etc.
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