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Hmmm... think this one might be fake?
on 17 April 2014
After waiting a couple of weeks for this to be delivered (Royal Mail is c*ap!), I was eager to try this as I'd seen very good reports about it and also watched some videos of it being used on YouTube.
First thing I noticed was the colour of the Gel at the end of the Stick... it was white and all the ones I'd seen in the reviews were a blue colour, but I thought it might not be an issue.
First thing I noticed when I went to use the 'cleaning paper' was that only a few actually were sticky paper... the others in the box appeared to be just normal strips of paper!... i.e. JUST paper, not the proper very sticky stuff to clean the head of the Gel Stick
Next I noticed that the actual Gel was not very sticky and applying it to the camera sensor, it hardly 'stuck' at all to the surface (the whole idea is that it's supposed to be really sticky and pick up deposits of dirt etc.. ) and after checking the sensor (take photo of white sheet of paper at high f stop number ((f22 for example))) the sensor had more marks and debris on than before I started with the Gel Stick!
Trying to give this product the benefit of the doubt, I decided to use a whole sticky paper to clean off the head of the Gel (only got ONE REAL paper strip left now... as I mentioned above, the others are JUST strips of white paper!!) and tried again to clean the sensor.
Again, after taking a test shot of a piece of white paper (f22 ... A mode ... out of focus etc.) to check after using the Gel Stick... looking at the results it appeared that all that had happened was that there was just as much dust and other debris on the sensor, only this time, in different places!
I went back to the old method of cleaning my sensor (sensor swab with fluid) and after a couple of cleans with a fresh swab and cleaning fluid, I managed to clean the sensor of most of the debris left behind by the Gel Stick and got a more satisfactory result.
My guess is that this is a fake product (not sure if the white colour of the Gel Stick is significant or not?) with very little 'sticky' to the Gel Stick and only a few real cleaning paper strips, with the rest being just plain white paper.
I'm going to look around and see if I can find an 'original' version of the Gel Stick and give it a try as my belief is that the 'real' Gel Stick really does do all that's claimed of it.
I'll put the experience of this product down to another of life's lessons but my best advice to anyone considering this product is .... BUYER BEWARE!