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Very good cleaning swabs
19 May 2017
I have tried many sensor cleaning methods, each time with some trepidation when it comes to touching the sensor. After a trip to India, my Canon 1DX Mark II picked up too much dust for a blower to remove, and possibly some oil smears as well, not least from the use of other products which I certainly will not be recommending. I tried the Visible Dust full frame swabs first, but was disappointed at the results, not least because they seemed to leave small pieces of lint behind which I then had to try to remove by other methods.
I therefore decided to give the XCSOURCE swabs a try, not least on account of the number of good reviews here, to which I am adding mine. They arrived today, and two swabs later using Eclipse fluid, my sensor is looking much better than it has done for some considerable time. The instructions are realistic, that you are unlikely to remove every spot if you look closely at a shot taken at a small aperture such as f/16, because you are unlikely to be working in a clean room environment. Yes, if you look hard at small apertures, there may be some small specks left, but this did a far better job for me than the Visible Dust swabs. These are made of a material which does not leave lint behind, and can be used for a dry dusting as well as for a wet clean. As with all swabs, they are single use, one stroke one way, turn it over then a stroke in the reverse direction, but at around £1 per time for really good results, these are well worth the money. There have been many rumours about how delicate the sensor of the 1DX Mark II is and that it may require special cleaning treatment, but this worked fine for me, and hopefully it will continue to do so: certainly as things presently stand, I feel very confident with the product.