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Apr 06, 2010 05:14 |  #1

Never done it, but its time I guess. Was just gonna send in my 1DmkIV to Canon because it arrived dirty, but I am too busy with it. What is the best swabs to use? I honestly have never really even looked into getting any before. Are all of them safe to use on all of my cameras?

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Apr 06, 2010 05:35 |  #2

I tried Eclipse E2 pre impregnated swabs but this left streaks on the sensor.
Now I exclusively use Visible Dust Sensor Clear and their Ultra MXD swabs for wet cleaning, if I don't need wet cleaning then I use the Arctic Butterfly. A sensor loupe is an invaluable as you can easily see the dust and spots you need to clean up.


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Apr 06, 2010 05:43 |  #3

That Visible Dust Sensor Clear....its safe for all of my cameras?


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Apr 06, 2010 07:13 |  #4

montanawild wrote in post #9941972 (external link)
That Visible Dust Sensor Clear....its safe for all of my cameras?

http://www.visibledust​.com/products3.php?pid​=301# (external link)

I know it's safe for the 5dm2


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Apr 06, 2010 07:52 |  #5

lannes wrote in post #9941950 (external link)
I tried Eclipse E2 pre impregnated swabs but this left streaks on the sensor.
Now I exclusively use Visible Dust Sensor Clear and their Ultra MXD swabs for wet cleaning, if I don't need wet cleaning then I use the Arctic Butterfly. A sensor loupe is an invaluable as you can easily see the dust and spots you need to clean up.

Eclipse works a lot better than the E2. The problem with the E2 was it was slow(er) to evaporate.


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Apr 06, 2010 07:57 |  #6

I use whatever the manufacture recommends so I have both Eclipse fluids. For the 40d and 5DII, I've never cleaned the sensor due to not having as much trouble as the 20D and 5D classic. I cleaned the 5D all the time. Was terrible for collecting dust bunnies.

Don't clean unless you have to.


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Apr 06, 2010 09:19 |  #7

I have this kit: http://www.copperhilli​mages.com …on.php?id=3&=SI​D#MOREINFO (external link)


And this: http://www.outdoorphot​ogear.com …minated-3x-magnifier.html (external link)


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Apr 06, 2010 12:03 |  #8

SuzyView wrote in post #9942344 (external link)
I use whatever the manufacture recommends so I have both Eclipse fluids. For the 40d and 5DII, I've never cleaned the sensor due to not having as much trouble as the 20D and 5D classic. I cleaned the 5D all the time. Was terrible for collecting dust bunnies.

Don't clean unless you have to.


Yeah, my 40D and 5dII are spotless (nothing in the photos anyway)

But my 1DIV arrived nasty two months ago. I really hate sending it in for two reasons......

1. I have 2 horse races to shoot next month.
2. It works so darn good, I don't want them monkeying around inside the thing.


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Apr 06, 2010 14:16 |  #9

I like the Visible Dust swabs and like the much better than the others out there. I have a 5D so I get to practice sensor cleaning a lot.


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Apr 06, 2010 16:35 |  #10

Yeah, the 5D was awful. I never got a month of shooting before it got ridiculous. I used a lot of swabs, they are very expensive.


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Apr 06, 2010 19:53 |  #11

Same experience with the 5D. The 5DII, haven't cleaned it yet in 6 months.


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Apr 06, 2010 21:10 |  #12

If that's the case.. I'd say either the higher ISO performance, or the more maintenance free sensor.. are probably the two biggest reasons to get a 5DII..lol


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