August 6, 2014

This is Definitely Not How You Clean Cameras or Lenses

The best way to ensure that your cameras and lenses are working optimally is to make sure that you clear dust and debris from them on a regular basis. The dirtier a camera is, the more chance that dust or dirt is going to wind up on your sensor and you may not know it until you're looking at the footage in post. We've shared some tips from Canon about keeping your gear clean, but here's the opposite end of the spectrum: what not to do.

While I'm sure someone, somewhere has done this before seriously, if your camera is not in a waterproof housing, it should never be submerged in water. This also goes for any cameras that are marketed as weather-sealed. A camera or lens being weather-sealed does not mean it can be submerged in water -- simply that it can survive occasional splashes or some rain. Thanks to Anthony for sharing this on Facebook, here is the worst thing you could ever do to clean your cameras and lenses:

This video is meant to be a joke by its creator, because even if that camera partially worked before, it almost certainly will not work correctly now (though cleaning it with salt water might have been funnier since it corrodes electronics). It's important to reiterate again though, this is about the most harmful thing you can do to clean your sensitive electronic gear. Some will find this video either hilarious or irresponsible -- I think it's rather funny, but at times difficult to watch since some of those parts are salvageable no matter what even if neither of these are working. At least it serves as a good teaching tool here where we can definitively say this is a bad idea.

Link: Ioannis Pavlis -- YouTube Channel

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BLAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

August 6, 2014

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Works like a charm!

August 6, 2014

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ScubaSteve

Boy, I have been doing it wrong this whole time. Going to try this method today!

August 6, 2014

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Andre

Hahahaha it hurts!

August 6, 2014

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The hose right over the lens mount! So good! Thanks for sharing.

August 6, 2014

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Tom

The hose directly into the camera is the part that made me laugh the hardest.

August 6, 2014

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Joe Marine
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I agree Joe, when I saw that I almost spit milk thru my nose! Thanks for the mention too, I'm glad you found it enjoyable as I did.

August 6, 2014

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Ghostdog

Will this work with my 1DC? LOOOOOOOOOOOOL

August 6, 2014

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It is very important to remove the battery before doing this deep cleaning. It's the only mistake I find in this tutorial. Jajaaa...

August 6, 2014

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Alex

I shudder with each air bubble that rises.. what if theguy had simply left his 'dead' camera in mlu mode?

August 6, 2014

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Paul

This tutorial brought to you by Nikon...

August 6, 2014

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Weldon

...what ?

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Pat

You just might have happened to notice the subject camera is a Canon. Think about it.

August 7, 2014

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William Koehler

Wait I just did this with my 5D mkIII and it doesn't work any more! What did I do wrong, someone please help!!

August 6, 2014

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Brian

You fool, it clearly said it is for the mkII!!! You did it wrong.

August 7, 2014

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Did you use "plenty" of soap?!

August 7, 2014

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Benjamin Dewhurst
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You forgot the crucial last step.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

Try again, I'm sure you'll be fine.

August 10, 2014

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Walt

I normally just throw all my gear in the dishwasher on pot scrubber mode after every shoot. Much easier then had washing. LOL

August 6, 2014

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Rick

This video hurt my soul......

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Blynch

This video made me physically ill.

August 6, 2014

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What a shame... even if it didn't work the lens and camera parts are definitely worth money

August 6, 2014

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John Pooley

WTF IS WRONG WHIT YOU DUDE!

August 6, 2014

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Andrew p

I get better results with bleach instead of soap.

August 6, 2014

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The trick is to get the mirror up and get right into the sensor itself with a toothbrush or a wirebrush if you really have dust problems that won't go away with toothbrush no matter how hard you scrub..

August 6, 2014

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LOL I feel really bad about the guy who actually watches this video and believe that this is the best way to clean his camera and lens. Then imaging the look on his face when he can not turn on his camera haha Poor guy! He is out there some where.

August 6, 2014

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Richard

Thank you for sharing.

I have Arri Alexa and I really want to clean it.
What is the best Hose for Alexa ?

Thank you again

August 6, 2014

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A wire brush and an air compressor set to about 90lbs would be my only gentle suggestion....

August 6, 2014

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: ))))))))))))))

This video made my day.

Your comments made it even better.

Can't stop laughing !!

Thank

August 6, 2014

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No...don't do that! You would scratch your camera with the wire brush!
The best way for the alexa is to use the dishwasher!
This works perfectly! Especially when having dust on the sensor!
And if you want to get your memory cards clean, just put them in as well..

August 6, 2014

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Dennis

Memory cards should only go on the top rack though. They warp if you place them in the silverware slots.

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alex

: D

August 6, 2014

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The Alexa has a very organic sensor on it so you'll want to use an all organic deep cleansing agent. Any will do so long as it doesn't leave a film. The Alexa wants nothing to do with film.

You can rent a hose attachment for $850 a day. The hose itself is extra unless you get them as a kit.

August 6, 2014

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: ))))))))))))))

This video made my day.

Your comments made it even better.

Can’t stop laughing !!

Thank you all

August 6, 2014

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You know, there are a lot of really talented kids out there who could have made "art" with that camera -- ,kids who would dream of being able to use that camera. No, this junk video wasn't worth a smile, nor a blog post.

August 6, 2014

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At :41 - "Plenty of soap" got me.

August 7, 2014

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Benjamin Dewhurst
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Am gonna try this with my Scarlet hopefully it works

August 7, 2014

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I just toss mine in with the laundry. Always use cold to avoid any undue wear and tear. Tumble dry. Camera and all your images will be super soft and outdoor fresh.

August 7, 2014

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Walter vinci

Sad to admit I once washed a SanDisk 64gig Extreme. Still works, though, and came out mountain fresh! Gotta love SD's.

August 7, 2014

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Benjamin Dewhurst
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An l-series lens and a 5d. That's one expensive troll.

August 7, 2014

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Bloody hell!!

August 7, 2014

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Rodrigo Santos

What? No wire brush? No lather, rinse and repeat? No blow dryer to complete the job? Such an amateur!

August 7, 2014

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Dave

Of course it's not serious. You have to use Comet to get into all the little crevices.

August 7, 2014

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I must say all of you watching this video are big fools - nincompoops. And those ha-ha! ho-ho ing about it through these comments are bigger fools. Which includes myself ofcourse.

August 7, 2014

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BBG

I put mine in the dishwasher. Sparkly :-)

August 8, 2014

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Gareth

mate duuude! water + camera? wtf? yeah he defs needed that wire brush tutorial as well... oh well at least it was a laugh... and GUYS your comments are almost twice as funny! lololololol.ol.

August 8, 2014

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Bryce

GAWD - I laughed so hard it hurt. It made my day. I still have tears in my eyes. The comments are priceless.
What made it so wonderful is how he talked about it as if he were dead serious - this is REALLY how you do it.
But he made some mistakes. He should have used organic water and organic non reside soap, some organic ammonia and vinegar for the real tough stains, an organic Oral B electric toothbrush, some organic Comet for the LCD viewer. Organic compressed air to dry it off and then of course, some organic oven heat at 214 deg to thoroughly dry it out. To make it last, a clear coat of clear organic acrylic spray might be a good idea too. It will protect the camera from rain.

August 8, 2014

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David

holy f***** shit!! This is not a good joke!

August 9, 2014

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Nadine

If you like the grainy look, but don't like shooting at high ISOs, try cleaning your mirror and sensor with a mixture of compressed air and beach sand. Works like a charm!

August 11, 2014

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August 29, 2014

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