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Visible Dust Artic Butterfly SL724 + Sensor Loupe Kit

3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
  • Item model number: VT 80010
  • ASIN: B000VVOHRK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Sept. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,184 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Artic Butterfly SL724 + Sensor Loupe Kit

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I went a bit mad after doing weeks of research on the web about the various cleaning devices available, and bought a handful of different products, all recommended on various forums, all of which I have tried, so have some way to compare them.

I have a Nikon D300, and being an inquisitive type (always dangerous), and one who changes lenses quite a bit, I decided it was probably due for a sensor dusting. I'd taken a defocussed blue sky picture at f22, and there were two or three noticeable specks on there. Following guidance in the manual, I got my blower and gave the sensor a good few strong puffs to try to remove them. Unfortunately this had the opposite effect, and I ended up with rather more dust on the sensor than before. Presumably blown in off the sides of the mirror box.

I have a VisibleDust Sensor Loupe made by the same company as the Arctic Butterfly, and was able to clearly pick out the dust with it. The loupe is an excellent product, by the way, even if the brush isn't. But we'll get to that.

So, having tried several times to get rid of the dust with the blower and failing miserably, it was time for plan B - the Arctic Butterfly 724. Of all the methods at my disposal, I figured it was the least potentially damaging to the sensor. I followed the instructions to the letter and brushed over the sensor once, twice, several times - each time giving it a twirl in between to re-charge it with static and remove adhered dust particles from its filaments. It did move the dust around a little bit, but it had almost zero effect in removing it. In fact, it had the rather undesirable effect of smearing a couple of grains of something sticky (pollen?) across the sensor. So after using it I was worse off than when I started! I gave it a few attempts, but no joy.
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The only slight snag here is the price - not cheap but this does a fine job of cleaning the sensors on my 2 Nikon DSLRS and Leica M8. First you raise the mirror then examine the sensor using the loupe, which has some bright lights installed.

Then you spin the cleaning brush to charge it so it attracts dust and gently brush the sensor. Remember not to [a] spin the brush inside the camera, and [b] touch other parts of the camera's interior as this could put lubricants on the sensor.

Works fine and is quite easy if you're careful.
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