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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Sensor Cleaning

Those new to the concept of sensor dust actually hesitate before deciding to clean their cameras themselves. Isn’t it a better idea to pack up your XSi and send it to a Canon service center so their crack technical staff can do the job for you? Or, at the very least, shouldn’t you let the friendly folks at your local camera store do it?

Of course, if you choose to let someone else clean your sensor, they will be using methods that are more or less identical to the techniques you would use yourself. None of these techniques are difficult, and the only difference between their cleaning and your cleaning is that they might have done it dozens or hundreds of times. If you’re careful, you can do just as good a job.

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