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    Grand Master sundial's Avatar
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    My sensor cleaning tools … please post yours

    Illuminated Visible Dust sensor loupe to examine the sensor in close-up https://www.wexphotovideo.com/search...earch_type=All … but sourced earlier s/h version the same as Ffordes current s/h offering http://www.ffordes.com/product/18031415141681

    Bulb blower used prior to and after sensor loupe to blow off any loose dust … and always prior to using swabs https://www.wexphotovideo.com/search...earch_type=All

    Sensor swabs … probably the cheapest available? https://www.amazon.co.uk/UES-Digital...ng+swabs&psc=1

    Well proven Eclipse cleaning fluid which is applied to the swab and thence to any sticky dust / soiling / smearing on the sensor https://www.wexphotovideo.com/eclips...-59ml-1001956/

    I do not use the Pentax / Ricoh sticky lollipops as have read they can damage the sensor coating

    Having watched a well known professional camera repairer cleaning sensors and re-using expensive swabs, I have no hesitation in re-using my swabs … but examine them very carefully before re-use … and clean them with sensor cleaning fluid … and keep one separate for re-use which is only used to clean the mount interior / mirror box interior … from where much of the dust and sometimes oil finds its way onto the sensor. Swab manufacturers are mainly interested in selling their products … hence they advise 'use only once' … a load of old cobblers especially if the sensor only has a couple of stubborn dust spots

    I use APS-C size swabs for both APS and FF cameras … Swab manufacturers try and make us buy both but in my experience an APS swab cleans a FF sensor just as well as a FF swab.

    All these tools are expensive but are a good investment … and save paying exorbitant £amounts to professional technicians … £50 for a sensor clean which takes less than 15 minutes is too much.

    I do not use regular Iso Propyl alcohol; even the 99.9% pure stuff contains oil which can smear the sensor. Eclipse cleaner is expensive but a little goes a long way and it's a proven product.

    I no longer use a Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly brush … which relies on a static electricity charge to attract dust … Mine has never worked properly and the brush head flies off when being charged.

    I do not use canned compressed air but have witnessed professionals using same … however, they only use it 'from a distance' so as not to spray 'liquid gas' which can freeze onto the camera interior.

    To check camera sensor for dust without using a loupe, take a photo of cloudless sky at f22 … any dust will show up on the image as distinct spots

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    Last edited by sundial; 7th August 2018 at 12:45.
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    Mostly fairy liquid and a toothbrush...

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    I use one of these:



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0046VBEE0/

    A sort of lump of jelly on the end of a stick, with a cleaning pad. Only used it once but it de-spotted my Pentax SLR sensor perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    I use one of these:



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0046VBEE0/

    A sort of lump of jelly on the end of a stick, with a cleaning pad. Only used it once but it de-spotted my Pentax SLR sensor perfectly.
    Me too, and of course a blower..


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    I think I'm going to unsettle you, dunk: I use one of these plugged into my scuba air line.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphy View Post
    I think I'm going to unsettle you, dunk: I use one of these plugged into my scuba air line.



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    That’s the definite cleaner, only downside is that you need to carry a 12 kg airbottle in your back.. :)


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