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    Manual Sensor Cleaning

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    • If you cannot remove dirt or dust on the image sensor (CMOS) even by using the sensor cleaning function on your camera, or if your camera does not have a function for sensor cleaning, you can clean the sensor on your own by using a commercially available blower.


      IMPORTANT

      The surface of the image sensor is extremely delicate. If the sensor needs to be cleaned directly, it is advisable to contact a Canon Service Center.

      ATTENTION

      • For the power source, using an AC Adapter Kit is recommended. The AC Adapter Kit that can be used differs depending on the model. For details, please see the list below.
      • If you use a battery, make sure it is fully recharged. If the battery grip with size-AA/LR6 batteries is attached, manual sensor cleaning will not be possible.

      AC Adapter Kits and DC Coupler Kits for each model 
      Model NameAC Adapter
      EOS-1Ds Mark IIIAC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (bundled accessory)
      EOS-1Ds Mark IIDC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
      EOS-1DsDC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
      EOS-1D Mark IVAC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (sold separately)
      EOS-1D Mark IIIAC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (bundled accessory)
      EOS-1D Mark II NDC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
      EOS-1D Mark IIDC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
      EOS-1DDC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
      EOS 5D Mark IIAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately)
      EOS 5DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS 7DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately)
      EOS 60DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately)
      EOS 50DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS 40DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS 30DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS 20D EOS 20DaAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS 10DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E8 (sold separately)
      EOS REBEL T2i/EOS 550DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E8 (sold separately)
      EOS REBEL T1i/EOS 500DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (sold separately)
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (sold separately)
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi/EOS 400D DIGITALAC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (sold separately)
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT/EOS 350D DIGITALAC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (sold separately)
      EOS REBEL T3/EOS 1100DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E10 (sold separately)
      EOS REBEL XS/EOS 1000DAC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (sold separately)
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL/EOS 300D DIGITALAC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
      EOS D60Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400 and DC Coupler DR-400 (bundled accessory)


      NOTE

      This section explains the cleaning procedure using the EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600D. Depending on the model you are using, the content displayed on the LCD monitor might be slightly different from what is shown on your camera, but the procedure is almost the same.

      1. Detach the lens before you start cleaning.

      2. Set the power switch to .

      3. Press the

      button to bring up the menu display.

      4. Select [Clean manually] or [Sensor cleaning].

      The cleaning procedure differs depending on the model. 
      For details, please see the list below.


      Model NameManual cleaning procedure
      EOS-1Ds Mark IIISelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS-1Ds Mark IISelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
      EOS-1DsSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
      EOS-1D Mark IVSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS-1D Mark IIISelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS-1D Mark II NSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
      EOS-1D Mark IISelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
      EOS-1DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS 5D Mark IISelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS 5DSelect [  Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
      EOS 7DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS 60DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS 50DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS 40DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS 30DSelect [  Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
      EOS 20D/EOS 20DaSelect [  Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
      EOS 10DSelect the menu [Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
      EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS REBEL T2i/EOS 550DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS REBEL T1i/EOS 500DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi/EOS 400D DIGITALSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning: Manual], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS Kiss Digital NSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS DIGITAL REBEL/EOS 300D DIGITALSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS REBEL T3/EOS 1100DSelect <  > tab, [Clean manually], press the <SET> button.
      EOS REBEL XS/EOS 1000DSelect <  > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
      EOS D60Select the menu [C.Fn], [C.Fn13 Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [1:Enable], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.

      5. Select [OK], then press the button.

      6. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open.

      7. Using a commercially available blower, blow dust that is stuck to the surface while preventing the blower from directly touching the sensor.

      8. After ending the cleaning, set the power switch to .


      ATTENTION

      • While cleaning the sensor, never do any of the following. If the power is cut off, the shutter will close and the shutter curtains and image sensor might get damaged.

      - Setting the power switch to .
      - Opening the battery compartment cover.
      - Opening the card slot cover.
      • The surface of the image sensor is extremely delicate. Clean the sensor with care.
      • Use a plain blower without any brush attached. A brush can scratch the sensor.
      • Do not insert the blower tip inside the camera beyond the lens mount. If the power is turned off, the shutter will close and the shutter curtains or reflex mirror might get damaged.
      • Never use canned air or gas to clean the sensor. The blowing force can damage the sensor or the spray gas can freeze on the sensor.
      • If a smudge that cannot be removed with a blower remains, having the sensor cleaned by a Canon Service Center is recommended.

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