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Old 15-08-2008, 01:00   #1 (permalink)
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Can anybody recommend a good sensor cleaner/de-duster;I,ve heard the magic buttrfly is good, any comments would be welcome
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Old 15-08-2008, 05:28   #2 (permalink)
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Re: sensor cleaners

I'm sure that Whipspeed uses these, so will be able to comment. There are several different systems around and they will all have their supporters. I've used the SensorKlear to get rid of some dust that my blower would not shift - 7dayshop are currently selling them for under 5 GBP

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Re: sensor cleaners

I'd suggest the SensorKlear before trying anything more drastic or expensive. They're cheap and effective as long as the 'dust' isn't stuck on too tight.

Usual rant here - There is much snake oil in the sensor cleaning market, and also people selling products that may work but are ten timse the price they should be. If you need a good, fine-bristled brush that won't scratch anything, search for a Daler-Rowney SY21 which costs about 3. Wash it in dishwashing liquid, rinse thoroughly and then let it air-dry without touching it.

For 'sticky' dust you may need to use the 'Copperhill' method - Pecpads and Eclipse fluid. That's nothing to be afraid of if you follow the instructions here. You can make a spatula from a children's glue spreader.
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Re: sensor cleaners

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..................That's nothing to be afraid of if you follow the instructions here.
True though PLEASE make sure you're battery is fully charged before.

My 20D had to go to the doctors a couple of years ago when the shutter closed as I was cleaning the sensor . The battery pack isn't quite right and I suspect it decided to throw a low charge strop and shut the camera down mid clean.
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Re: sensor cleaners

Just to add to Mike's comment....

A lot of people work under the mistaken illusion that as long as the battery has some charge it will be ok as it is only for a few minutes. Holding the shutter open actually takes a significant amount of battery charge so it really is important to give it a full charge before using it to open the shutter long enough to clean the sensor.

Don't panic, it is NOT difficult nor is it going to shut after 2 minutes. Just follow the simple rule of using a fully charged battery and you'll be absolutely fine

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Re: sensor cleaners

I've been using the arctic butterfly for a few months now and it really does "exactly what it says on the tin" to coin a phrase. I generally give it a quck blow with my rocket blower and then use the brush. For wet cleaning, I've used the intemos sticks and fluid, they seem to leave less residue on the sensor than the pec pads and fluid that I tried first. However, since having the 40D, I've not needed to clean it that much.
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Easy done, Sensor Wand, Pec-Pads & fluid Eclipse E2.
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