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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value - did a good job on my Sony a580., 21 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Digital SLR Camera Sensor Cleaning Pads with Fluid - All APS-C Size Sensors. As used by service centres in the UK (Camera)
This is so much cheaper than all other sensor cleaning kits I've seen online that I wasn't sure what to expect (equivalent kits seem to be more than £40 normally).

Anyway, I noticed that my sensor was fairly dusty (if you want to check yours, set it to the smallest available aperture, e.g. F22, and take a flash picture of a white wall; any dirt will show up on the picture). Then I made the schoolboy error of trying to clean it by blowing on it. If you're tempted, don't bother! Turns out that you can't avoid getting moisture on the sensor if you do that (even if you blow through a piece of cloth, which is what I did...), and the moisture leaves marks as it dries, making a worse mess than the original dust.

So I used a couple of these cleaning pads, each with a few drops of cleaning fluid (which you get lots of), and managed to remove all the marks. You can press reasonably hard on the sensor, the pads just bend so it won't get damaged.

There's a very small piece of dust I can't seem to get rid of, but it's not visible unless you're using a really small aperture.

All in all, considering the price, this is great. I'll buy more when I run out.
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2012 00:36:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2012 00:54:09 BDT
Flackattack says:
Can't believe you used your mouth to attempt to blow dirt off the Sensor, bet you regretted that. For anyone else reading this comment; please do not do this !!

Also, please do not use any form of compressed air to blow inside your camera; this may also cause untold problems, similar to those described by the main reviewer. You will end up with more than air going onto your sensor and surrounding areas inside the camera body. Traces of aerosol propellants are often left behind on the sensor, contrary to what some marketing/sales brochures may claim - it is not worth the substantial risk.

Make sure the Camera Battery has plenty of charge (must be fully charged if attempting Sensor cleaning - this is a must do), set the camera (normally via one of the menu settings) to Manual Sensor Clean (you will probably hear a small noise - this is the Mirrow flipping up, this is normal), remove the lens (put a protective cap on the lens mount to prevent anything getting in) and turn the camera body so that the open lens mount is facing downwards towards the floor (not upwards to the ceiling or walls). Make sure you buy & use a proper blower; everyone I know really rates the Giottos Rocket Blower, I have one it costs around £8-9 I think. Put the blower nozzle close to the centre of the mount opening & squeeze the blower very strongly 4 or 5 times in quick succession. I would also use the blower on the lens mount (make sure you do this away from the camera body you have just cleaned) before you put it back on the camera.

This should get rid of all the dust allowing the particles to blow/fall down to the floor. Switch the camera Off (this removes the Mirrow lockup) and put your lens back onto the camera. Anything else left on the Sensor at this point will need more drastic action, like these cleaning pads or similar - hope this helps.
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