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May 12, 2017 11:30 |  #1

Has anybody used the Sensor Gel Stick from Photography Life? Here is a link:

https://photographylif​e.com/product/sensor-gel-stick/ (external link)

I'm curious about peoples' experiences with it. I've used Photographic Solutions' Sensor Swabs but I often find I have to repeat the cleaning a couple of times with them.

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May 12, 2017 11:41 |  #2

Four of my friends as well as myself have been using the Gel Stick for a couple years without any issues. We all like it much better than any other method we've tried.


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May 15, 2017 02:25 as a reply to  @ James P's post |  #3

I'm also using it with great results.
I haven't got it from Photography Life, but from a photographic store in Germany.


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May 15, 2017 13:31 |  #4

Thanks for those responses. After 3 days, six positives and no negatives is a good sign.

I've done some additional searches and it appears that the original is made in Germany under the name "Eyelead". There are some that look the same and sell for about the same price (around US$55), so I'm guessing these are the same ones but without the Eyelead name on them. This includes the Photography Life version. Then there are a bunch that look similar but are obviously different and cost about US$20. I'm guessing these are the cheap knock-offs.

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May 15, 2017 15:09 as a reply to  @ mcoren's post |  #5

Been using the blue knock offs so I cannot compare to the original. Messed one up testing it out. Main thing I learned is that stickiness goes up with temperature and humidity. I would be very careful if using in a tent in the tropics or if the body was hot from being in the sun.


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May 15, 2017 15:19 |  #6

I have one and use it, I think it does a good job and is often successful but not always. I sometimes have to revert to a wet cleaning.

My understanding is that the Photography Life version is the original as used by Leica and other camera company techs.


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May 15, 2017 15:21 |  #7

I used it on my Sony a6300 and it helped a lot but it was not perfect. I have a spot right in a corner and it can't seem to get to it.


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May 15, 2017 16:02 |  #8

philodelphi wrote in post #18355432 (external link)
I used it on my Sony a6300 and it helped a lot but it was not perfect. I have a spot right in a corner and it can't seem to get to it.

I've seen some information that there is a different version for Sony cameras. They use a different type of sensor coating and the regular Sensor Gel Stick can leave a residue. Follow the link in my original post and scroll down to where it says "Product Advisory:" in red letters about halfway down.

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May 15, 2017 18:45 as a reply to  @ mcoren's post |  #9

Last time I used mine it cost me a little over $2,000.

Lifted the filter above the sensor and dirt got in between. 1D X. Only fix was a sensor replacement.

Now I might have been a bit aggressive and it was warm, but be careful.

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May 15, 2017 19:19 |  #10

Yikes Bob! That's some seriously sticky gel. I'll definitely be careful!
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May 15, 2017 23:10 |  #11

Love it. But I have only used it in the dryness of Denver and not over 70-80F. I've actually had the opposite 'problem' of having to press on the sensor harder than I would have liked. But good to know about the heat issue.

I think if you need more than a dab, you should either do a dry wipe or wet clean first.

With the gel stick I'm much more likely to do a wet clean and then go round with the gel for left over dust/fibers that I put on while cleaning. Without it I'd always have a few spots left that I'd never get without introducing more spots. Or I'd close and open the shutter and there would be another couple of small dust particles. With the stick I can just remove them without worrying about introducing more.

It's the only thing I have found that stands a chance of actually getting my sensor 100% clean or light dust, although I do not necessarily strive for that (I'm OK with a couple of small spots left).


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May 15, 2017 23:11 |  #12

philodelphi wrote in post #18355432 (external link)
I used it on my Sony a6300 and it helped a lot but it was not perfect. I have a spot right in a corner and it can't seem to get to it.


Sounds like you need a wet clean for that spot. The stick will definitely only get dust on the surface that has not caused a smear/spot of dirt on the sensor.


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May 16, 2017 08:44 |  #13

ejenner wrote in post #18355804 (external link)
With the gel stick I'm much more likely to do a wet clean and then go round with the gel for left over dust/fibers that I put on while cleaning. Without it I'd always have a few spots left that I'd never get without introducing more spots. Or I'd close and open the shutter and there would be another couple of small dust particles. With the stick I can just remove them without worrying about introducing more.

That's exactly what I'm looking at it for. I've used the Sensor Swabs for many years and they're great, but I find it's an iterative process to get the sensor clean. My hope is that I can use the Sensor Gel Stick for quick occasional cleanings. When I need to do a thorough cleaning (which for me is usually no more than once or twice a year), I'll use a Sensor Swab to get the main stuff and then the Sensor Gel Stick to pick up what the Sensor Swab leaves behind.

I ordered the Eyelead brand gel stick from Amazon yesterday so I should have it soon.

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May 16, 2017 09:52 |  #14

I've used the Eyelead brand for a long time. Since it's much easier than most methods I tend to use it more often (takes only seconds) hence no evidence of dust or other particles. IMO, a very good product.


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May 17, 2017 02:47 as a reply to  @ SixDeeFan's post |  #15

I also have Eyelead cleaning fluid but it's not as good as Eclipse.
If cleaning is done properly, Eclipse leaves no streaks or smears.
Eyelead fluid always leaves something behind after drying no matter, how careful I am.


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