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    Posted: 25 September 2019 at 18:52
At work we have a selection of cameras including sony FF and APCS cameras, and some old nikon APSC cameras.

Could someone recommend a wet sensor cleaning system that works, is safe, and does not cost the earth?

I'm in the UK if it's relevant.

Looking at "Visible Dust (tm)" products on wex, by the time I get a set of 2 sizes of swabs, and both fluids (which are £30 per ml) I'm looking at £60, and that's not even enough to do each camera we have once.

I recall seeing a product a few years ago which was a reusable rubber swab with single use cloths that folded and taped over it. That system felt far more sustainable, but I can't remember the name.

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I use a liquid called Eclipse, should be able to Google their site. Not sure if they do business in UK. Looks like they sell swabs, etc. but I haven't ordered from them. Used to be sold by an outfit called Copper Mountain but they're long gone, or maybe they just changed their name, but that's where I bought my system.
Cleaning solutions seem to run 20-30 USD for 6-8 mm bottles over here. The liquid is flammable so shipping might raise the cost somewhat, but the price you're seeing is ridiculous.
I would highly recommend a lighted scope so you can actually see what you're working with. Well worth the cost.
I also bought an Arctic Butterfly brush a couple of years ago. Pretty much worthless IMO.
However, after thinking about it for a while, I went out and purchased a few lady's makeup brushes. There's one with short stiff bristles that comes to an angled point that's particularly good at getting stuff out of corners and edges. A big wide soft one is good for a first "dusting" to knock off the easy stuff. They cost $3-4 apiece and do a very good job. Use with the sensor scope to locate the particle, etc., then dust it off or flick it off with the appropriate shaped brush. I particularly like the "Wet & Wild" brushes.
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I haven't recently used any wet cleaning, since I have solved my sensor cleaning needs using SensorKlear Loupe Kit. The loupe is wonderful tool to clearly see where in the sensor there is some dust (or something even worse) and Hurricane Blower and SensorKlear II do the trick to actually clean the sensor.
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I got this product a while back and it absolutely rocks.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091SS310
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 September 2019 at 06:20
60 GBP compared to the price of the cameras or professional cleaning is not that expensive IMHO.

I use VSGO swabs and cleaning fluid - probably (almost) as expensive as visible dust. I do, btw, use the full-frame swabs also for APS-C.
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All I use is the SensorKlear pen and loupe after giving it a good blowing out with a blower build while holding the camera face down .
I've only used a wet clean once when some pollen got on the sensor .
Can't remember which but I think that might have been Eclipse with its swabs .
That was about ten years ago , I think the kit was about £25 with several swabs in it, the camera was considerably more , I didn't think it too expensive !
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 September 2019 at 13:08
Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

I got this product a while back and it absolutely rocks.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091SS310

The advert claims not compatible with mirrorless cameras, not sure why. And does it actually contain anything to clean the sensor, apart from giving you a good view of it?

I'm still looking for a wet-cleaning solution for the Nex 6.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 September 2019 at 13:59
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

I got this product a while back and it absolutely rocks.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091SS310

The advert claims not compatible with mirrorless cameras, not sure why. And does it actually contain anything to clean the sensor, apart from giving you a good view of it?

I'm still looking for a wet-cleaning solution for the Nex 6.


Not sure if you get the blower bulb with it as well , it does look like it .
But the loupe won't be able to work with mirror less cameras that's for sure .
When it's placed on the mount if an SLT or DSLR it is designed to provide focus on the sensor .
The eyepiece is slightly adjustable to allow for registration distance and varied eyesight .
Put it on a mirror less camera and you've halved it's working distance .
So it can't focus .
Think if using a camera lens too close to something , you can't focus on it .

To use it you would have to hold it at least 1/2" away from your camera , making it hard to work with .


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Post Options Post Options   Quote happyjack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 September 2019 at 14:21
Some years ago i bought a complete kit from Visible Dust in Canada.
Loupe, the blower of the time ( new models now), Arctic butterfly, swabs and cleaning solutions
and on the advise of my local camera guy in Auckland I also use a Lenspen sensor cleaner as he said that was all he ever used.
In about 15 years I have only had to get my A77 mirror and sensor cleaned once when I got steam train smoke smut on the sensor ( don't ask! ) and nothing I had or wanted to try would remove it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote artuk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 September 2019 at 16:39
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

All I use is the SensorKlear pen and loupe after giving it a good blowing out with a blower build while holding the camera face down .
I've only used a wet clean once when some pollen got on the sensor .
Can't remember which but I think that might have been Eclipse with its swabs .
That was about ten years ago , I think the kit was about £25 with several swabs in it, the camera was considerably more , I didn't think it too expensive !


Agreed, SensorKlear pen and blower is all I've ever needed.
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