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- Superior Quality Cleaning Kit with anti-static barrier properties.
- Multi ingredient alcohol free solution with controlled evaporation
- Super soft double layer high absorbency fabric.
- Mini-channel design provides even saturation.
- Excellent for mirror cleaning when used with VDust Plus solution.
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Colour Name: Orange | Size Name: 1x 1ml
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EZ Sensor Cleaning Kit (4 x Orange Swabs and 1ml VDust Plus Solution) 1.0x Size
VDust Plus solution.
This fluid is an excellent choice if you are unsure as to the nature of the particular stain or smear on your sensor. It will clean both water based stains and light oil based stains and provides a moderate anti-static barrier. The multi ingredient, Iso alcoholic solution, removes oil fast, evaporates fast and is excellent for cleaning mirrors when used with the orange swab.
Orange swabs are specifically designed to be used with the VDust Plus solution however the swabs also work well with the Smear Away liquid. The Double layer High Absorbency fabric is super soft and made of super thin fibres. This unique woven pattern and folding design creates a softer edge compared to a hot sealing process and helps reduce fibre shedding. The specially developed mini-channel design provides an even saturation of the paddle surface while preventing pooling and vertical flow at the edge. This reduces streaks associated with traditional flat surface paddles. The mini-channels also provide the extra reservoir to absorb the excessive liquid and prolonging the moisture life of the swab during the cleaning process. This ultra soft material is identical to that used to clean extremely sensitive surfaces such as high powered space telescopes. This delicate fabric is ideal for critical cleaning since less pressure is required to clean the sensor minimizing any abrasive action should it come into contact with any hard debris. The orange swabs are excellent when used on fluorine coated sensors. The patented V shape results in improved manoeuvrability inside the chamber offering free motion and allowing the swab to reach the corners.
The orange swabs are excellent for mirror cleaning when used with VDust Plus solution.
Orange swabs are NOT compatible with ‘sensor clean’ fluid.
Visible Dust sensor cleaning solutions and swabs are calibrated to work together to produce optimal and safe results. Please DO NOT USE alternative solutions with these swabs. A simple grain of quartz which is found in cheaper solutions is enough to produce an expensive scratch on a low pass filter. The cleaning liquids are intended to be placed on the swab first, so no need to be concerned about liquid seeping through the sensor.
Why use Visible Dust solution?
The disadvantages of using the many generic brands available is that they often use a FAST evaporative liquid for sensor cleaning which may in fact cause damage to the sensor by requiring repeat swabbing and is NOT recommended. The potential risk of the FAST evaporative solutions commonly available include premature drying resulting in a static charge build up leading to an even greater dust accumulation on the sensor.
4 x Orange Swabs
1ml VDust Plus Solution
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The kit includes a small bottle of cleaning fluid and the bottle has a special lipped top. Simply tilt the bottle so the fluid is near the lip and touch one side of the swab to the lip of the bottle which soaks up fluid to about half way across the swab, switch sides of the swab and repeat and you have a wet swab that has no issues with getting over wet. An over wet swab can cause streaking on the sensor.
The kit has only four swabs and they will run out before the fluid is empty. Dropped one star as the number of swabs is a bit mean, six would have been more appropriate. Luckily you can get extra swabs, search for Ultra MXD-100 and you will find them on Amazon.
The swab size naming is a bit confusing, 1.0x refers to full frame sensor size camera such as those from Canon, Nikon and Sony. If in any doubt check the sensor size chart on the visible dust website.
The kit comes with VDust Plus fluid which is one of three cleaning fluids VDust make. The other two fluids are Sensor Clean and Smear Away. VDust Plus is the middle of the road fluid designed to clean away water based stains and most oil stains. Sensor Clean fluid is for light dust and water based stains whilst Smear Away is for more stubborn stains. The VDust Plus fluid in this kit fits in the middle and should be sufficient unless you have a serious oil based stain.
The Vdust web site states that all three fluids are safe on ITO and non ITO coated sensors.
Overall a good kit for wet cleaning your camera sensor, only dropped one star as the kit only includes four swabs.
Do try a rocket blower first. I doubt it'll ever take all the dirt off a sensor, but if it takes just some of the loose particles off its less gunk for the swab to collect.
The four swabs are individually wrapped. Unwrap them last and don't let them touch anything apart from the solution and the camera sensor. Open the solution bottle first, it's tightly closed!
The package contains four swabs. Even with a sensor as filthy as mine I only needed one swab (both sides) to get it clean, so I think this package is enough for at least another clean or two.
Put slightly less solution on the side of the swab you'll use second. That way you clean, then the slightly dryer side can absort some of the solution.
I found the solution left a thin film on the sensor but it has dried streak-free.
Don't bother with a loupe as some sites suggest. If you're sensor's dirty you don't need to confirm it with a loupe. Just pop the lens back on and take another test photo at f/22+
If the worst comes to the worst you won't damage the sensor (as long as you don't do anything daft) so if it doesn't work out you can arrange a professional clean, so it's worth a try.
The reason for 4 stars is that the instructions are rudimentary. However, if you go to the visible dust website they have detail and videos which are really helpful. It is a little tricky and you only need to touch the solution to each corner of the swab which then soaks up the small amount of the solution required and makes sure the swab is evenly soaked. Do not pour the solution on to the swab!
Key tip - make sure you thoroughly clean the mirror chamber before you use the mirror up facility to then expose the sensor. This helps avoid getting more muck on your sensor before and particularly after the clean.
Given that it worked I think the value is fine... it costs about £45 for one professional clean for example. Do not be tempted to reuse the swab. The solution is enough for 4 cleans.
This product with Vdust Plus solution says it will deal with aqueous and maybe slightly oily spots (Orange swabs). There is another version of this pack with Vdust Smear Away solution which says it will deal with oily spots (Green swabs). The Vdust site says first use the Vdust plus and then if that does not work use the Vdust Smear away. I did buy the smear away too but as the plus worked I have not used it.
It has a picture instruction on the back to show you how much vdust solution to use and how to apply it to the swab. All it took to clean the sensor was one wipe left to right across the sensor, flip over the swab and then clean from right to left. Easy peasy really. It probably helped that I watched a youtube video before I did it just to make sure I knew exactly what I was doing. :)
As my sensor wasn't so grubby and cleaned in one go I've still got lots of solution and 3 swabs left to use. Well worth £15.99