Once you start noticing dust spots in your images, it is time to get your sensor cleaned.
You can try doing it yourself with a big illuminated loupe and SensorKlear pen or SpeckGrabber Pro Kit yourself, but at some point you get these persistent dust specs that just refuse to go away. What then?
Being CPS (Canon Professional Services) Gold level member I am entitled to 2 free camera checks and cleanings a year. Before the closest location to drop off the camera was in Irvine, but now there is an option in Hollywood. That’s 15 miles away instead of 40! Yay!
Yesterday I made an appointment over the phone (1-877-277-8122) and today I dropped off the camera at 6060 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. The whole check in process took less than 15 minutes! Camera will be shipped back to me in 3 business days, so no need to drive to Hollywood (or Irvine). Worth $100 a year membership? Heck yeah! The only bad thing is that there is no reserved parking, but I just fed the meter in front of the building and that’s that.
If you are not CPS Gold or Platinum level member, then you are out of luck with Hollywood location. Irvine is your closest choice, or you can give your camera to enterprising dealers like Samys.