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Feb 10, 2014 16:00 |  #1

I thought I would share this with the group

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One of the best solutions for keeping your digital camera sensor clean! This sensor gel stick will work on any interchangeable lens digital camera – from a compact mirrorless to a full-frame DSLR. All you have to do is set the camera to “Mirror Lock-Up” mode (with the battery fully charged) and once the sensor is exposed, gently “walk” the whole sensor with the gelled side of the stick. After a single pass, use the adhesive paper (included inside the metal case) to remove the dust from the gel. Simply expose the sticky side of the paper, set it on a firm surface, then hold it with your fingers, while firmly pressing the gel on top of the adhesive surface. The gel should stick, but it will be easy to remove. Once cleaned, the gel can be reused over and over again. Repeat this process as many times as necessary to clean your sensor. Once done, turn off the camera, mount your lens, set it to the smallest aperture like f/32, then take a picture of a white surface. When you analyze the image, there should be no spots left.

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Feb 10, 2014 17:01 |  #2

Sounds like nothing more than the Dust Aid approach which was the first product on the market to use a a light adhesive to pull contents off the sensor. Unfortunately if you have anything that is stuck on (was wet and later dried, for example), these types of cleaners won't work.


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Feb 10, 2014 19:46 |  #3

That kind of cleaner works fine with dust particles that aren't too strongly adhered.

I use something similar called a Speck Grabber, that has a fine point to get that last little stubborn speck of dust off there.

For overall sensor cleaning I prefer the Dust Aid method with it's low-cost, disposable pads. That gives a nice, clean, fresh surface for each use... IMO they have less danger of an adhered particle causing scratches.

But Dust Aid isn't a substitute for wet cleaning. It will not remove more adhered particles and will only smear any oil on the sensor. A wet cleaning is the only way to remove those.


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Feb 10, 2014 20:12 |  #4

Leica factory use this in production.




  
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Feb 10, 2014 21:04 |  #5

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Feb 14, 2014 10:18 |  #6

I'm definitely thinking about buying one of these gel sticks.

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Feb 14, 2014 12:23 |  #7

Saw that post when it came out.
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Feb 14, 2014 12:46 |  #8

Watch out for the fake ones in ebay. They will leave a sticky residue on your sensor.




  
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Feb 17, 2014 13:36 |  #9

When testing the thing on a lens (and a UV filter), I've noticed that the suggested method of contacting the glass with the flat surface of the gel almost always created a large air pocket in the middle, which picks up almost zero dust from the surface. Applying an edge first, in a slight angle and "rolling" (not dragging!) the gel onto the same spot eliminated the air pocket and did pick up the dust better. Good cleaning, no residue with less passes. Tried to make a smudge, it happens only by dragging the gel across the surface, but cleans up extremely easily with Eclipse, at least.

TeamSpeed wrote in post #16679410 (external link)
Unfortunately if you have anything that is stuck on (was wet and later dried, for example), these types of cleaners won't work.

Yep! I now have 5 pieces of whatever still stuck on there, and this is after almost a year of no cleaning at all (apart from the sensor vibration thing).
Time for a wet clean (that bottle of Eclipse lasts for ages!), then the gel every now and then for maintenance.




  
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