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How to clean the CCD sensor on the Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera


  • Epson R-D1, R-D1s


If there are any black spots in the same place on all the photos you take, there might be dust on the CCD sensor inside your camera. Follow the instructions below to clean dust off the CCD sensor. Use an air blower for cameras (the manual type without a brush) and use a locking cable release.

 Important notes:

  • Do not touch the CCD sensor with any object(s), including your fingers, cleaning brushes, tools or cloths. Doing so may scratch or damage the surface of the CCD sensor and affect the quality of your photos. Epson only supports the use of hand blowers for cleaning your CCD. If Epson determines there are scratches or evidence that you have touched the CCD sensor, the repair will not be covered under warranty.

  • Do not use air compressors or canned air (air dusters) of any kind for cleaning the CCD. Even photography-grade canned air can release unwanted moisture or contaminants under certain conditions. This is why we only recommend the use of hand-powered blowers. Do not put the blower inside the lens mount.  Otherwise, the shutter or CCD sensor may be damaged if the shutter closes or comes into contact with the blower.

  • Damage caused by not following the instructions in this article is not covered by your camera's warranty. If a repair is necessary it will be chargeable.

    If dust cannot be removed from the CCD sensor following the procedure below, contact Epson for further advice.

You can find a guide to the parts mentioned below in the "Camera Parts" section of your user's guide (page 11).

Cleaning procedure

  1. Remove the SD Memory Card from the camera. Removing the SD Memory Card turns off the electricity to the CCD sensor.

  2. Rotate the shutter speed dial to B (Bulb), and then install the cable release.

  3. Insert a fully charged battery into the camera, then turn the power switch to the on position. Do not use a deteriorated battery or a battery with low power as this may cause the shutter to close during cleaning.

  4. Operate the shutter charge lever to charge the shutter and then remove the lens or the lens mount cover.

  5. Open the shutter using the cable release and then lock it. Ensure that you use a locking cable release so the shutter does not close during cleaning.

  6. Using the camera blower, carefully blow the dust off the CCD sensor.

  7. Unlock the cable release after cleaning the sensor, then close the shutter.

  8. Attach the lens or the lens mount cover, then remove the cable release. Cleaning is complete.

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