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Visible Dust 1.6x Sensor Cleaning Kit (Vdust Solution and 4 Orange Swabs)
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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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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.
For more information please visit http://www.visibledust.com
4 x Orange Swabs
1ml VDust Plus Solution
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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.
+ There is the obvious convenience of acquiring swabs and cleaning solution in a single purchase
+ The fabric 'paddles' of these 1.6x Orange swabs are precisely shaped to fit the 16mm edge of a cropped digital sensor
+ These Orange swabs are made of a softer material than their Green counterparts and are intended exclusively for use with Visible Dust Plus cleaning solution
+ The fabric is specially folded to create a soft and non-abrasive edge and crucially will not shred and deposit debris over your sensor
+ The fabric's dual layer design strikes a good balance between absorbency and inundation - so you're unlikely to introduce too much cleaning solution to the surface of your sensor, leaving it 'streaky'
+ The supplied bottle of Visible Dust Plus is a welcome compromise when you're unsure of the nature of the contaminant(s) and you need a cleaner that can potentially tackle dust and water-based or lubricant-based stains
+ Visible Dust Plus is apparently safe for use on all ITO and non-ITO coated digital camera sensors
+ Visible Dust Plus provides a moderate anti-static barrier, making it more difficult for dust to accumulate on the sensor and therefore (hopefully) making cleaning less frequent
- Price: this complete cleaning kit may seem like a bargain, but you only really get enough Orange swabs (four) and Visible Dust Plus solution (1ml) for one good sensor cleaning session. It may be more expensive to buy the swabs and cleaning fluid separately, but it will turn out to be more economical in the long run
- The swabs' plastic handles are about 90mm long and only 5mm wide (and flat): holding them between finger and thumb, I don't find it easy to gauge how much pressure I'm applying to the sensor's surface through the fabric end of the swab
- Visible Dust Plus is a general cleaning solution and may not be capable of shifting more intensive stains from your sensor
It's easy to see the attraction of these all-in-one EZ Sensor Cleaning kits: your money buys you a sufficient supply of swabs and cleaning solution to enable you to restore a dusty or grubby camera sensor, in one go. Problem is, you only really get enough swabs and solution for one good cleaning session. When the job needs doing again, you'll be back at square one. So whereas I'm sure that some people will regard these EZ Sensor Cleaning kits as a helpful convenience, they don't really justify themselves in terms of value for money when you sit down and do the maths. Although being initially much more expensive to buy, acquiring the swabs and cleaning solution separately - in larger quantities - makes much more sense, financially speaking. That said, the combination of these Orange Swabs and Visible Dust Plus cleaning solution is certainly capable of cleaning your camera's sensor very effectively and must therefore earn my recommendation.
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
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