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10-07-2020, 10:28 AM   #1
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Sensor cleaning advice needed

Guys, does anybody have good experience with Vidpro SB-4 Spinning Static Sensor Brush sensor cleaner, and why it costs much less than VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly 724S Super Brite Sensor Brush (price difference is almost 100 bucks), and are you using antistatic brushes to clean your sensor from dust at all?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lev Quote
are you using antistatic brushes to clean your sensor from dust
I use an unsized artists brush. I give it a blast of canned air to give it electrostatic charge. Works a treat.

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I use an unsized artists brush. I give it a blast of canned air to give it electrostatic charge. Works a treat.

Eureka! - Finally a good cheap way to dry clean the sensor - PentaxForums.com
thanks, so dry method works if there are just dust particles. And I also think that blowing air after cleaning may add more dust on it.

I just wanted to know what might be difference between these two products
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I use an unsized artists brush. I give it a blast of canned air to give it electrostatic charge. Works a treat.

Eureka! - Finally a good cheap way to dry clean the sensor - PentaxForums.com

johnyates, the link to the article "The Pixel Sweeper" is broken as well as the link to the brush itself

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johnyates, the link to the article "The Pixel Sweeper" is broken as well as the link to the brush itself
Well, that just sucks. Here's the article courtesy of the 'wayback machine':
The Pixel Sweeper
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Well, that just sucks. Here's the article courtesy of the 'wayback machine':
The Pixel Sweeper
thanks!!
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I have used various methods to clean the sensor. I would always start with a rocket blower, because it doesn't involve touching anything. Make sure the camera is upside down when using it.

If that doesn't work, it usually means that the dust or other stuff is stuck to the sensor (lightly or strongly). I have tried various options for that situation:
- sticky pad (I use DustAid - Sensor Cleaning Kits for DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras | Dust-Aid - but gel sticks work on the same principle)
- artist's brush electrostatically charged using canned air (needs to be a high quality brush that won't lose bristles, kept in a sealed zip locked bag facing the same direction and not used for anything else)
- wet cleaning (high quality swabs and Eclipse or similar cleaning fluid)

Each of these can be effective. (A loupe with a light is handy to see what you are doing.) If the particles are not stuck on, the pad and the brush are about equally effective IMO. There are downsides of each. I have had sticky residue left on the sensor from the pad on occasions. With the brush, there is some risk of damage from dragging the particle across the sensor (e.g. something abrasive like a tiny grain of sand), although overall it's probably safer.

If you live in an area of high humidity or if the particles are otherwise likely to be damp and stuck on fast, or if other methods fail, you will need to resort to wet cleaning. You need to be very careful - use the swab only once on each side and don't use too much fluid on the swab.

When l couldn't get Eclipse a couple of months ago, I ordered a VSGO cleaning kit (https://www.amazon.com/VSGO-DDR15-Camera-Sensor-Cleaning/dp/B00THAT6HM/). I used it this week and I have to say it was excellent. At one point a drop of excess fluid from the swab got on the sensor, but it left no residue.
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I have used various methods to clean the sensor. I would always start with a rocket blower, because it doesn't involve touching anything. Make sure the camera is upside down when using it.

If that doesn't work, it usually means that the dust or other stuff is stuck to the sensor (lightly or strongly). I have tried various options for that situation:
- sticky pad (I use DustAid - Sensor Cleaning Kits for DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras | Dust-Aid - but gel sticks work on the same principle)
- artist's brush electrostatically charged using canned air (needs to be a high quality brush that won't lose bristles, kept in a sealed zip locked bag facing the same direction and not used for anything else)
- wet cleaning (high quality swabs and Eclipse or similar cleaning fluid)

Each of these can be effective. (A loupe with a light is handy to see what you are doing.) If the particles are not stuck on, the pad and the brush are about equally effective IMO. There are downsides of each. I have had sticky residue left on the sensor from the pad on occasions. With the brush, there is some risk of damage from dragging the particle across the sensor (e.g. something abrasive like a tiny grain of sand), although overall it's probably safer.

If you live in an area of high humidity or if the particles are otherwise likely to be damp and stuck on fast, or if other methods fail, you will need to resort to wet cleaning. You need to be very careful - use the swab only once on each side and don't use too much fluid on the swab.

When l couldn't get Eclipse a couple of months ago, I ordered a VSGO cleaning kit (https://www.amazon.com/VSGO-DDR15-Camera-Sensor-Cleaning/dp/B00THAT6HM/?tag=pentaxforums-20&). I used it this week and I have to say it was excellent. At one point a drop of excess fluid from the swab got on the sensor, but it left no residue.

Thanks a lot Des

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