Need a affordable sensor cleaner.

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  1. domromer

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    I'm about to order a bunch of stuff from B&H and I wanted to get a sensor cleaner as well. It seems my baby snot blower is not getting the dust off these days. Can anyone recommend a cleaner under $30 that they've used and had good results with? I did a quick search on B&H abd found cleaners for over 200$..yikes!
     
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    I use my rocket blower and clone out the remaining spots. I don't know how big a baby shot thing is, but the rocket blower moves enough air.
     
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    using a speck grabber ... (the cheapest version)

    it is a bit of an effort though to clean the whole sensor with it. but i do it regularly and you get used to it ;)
     
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    Ditto, My rocket gets rid of the pesky dust bunnies!
     
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    Do you guys use the rocket blower with a liquid cleaning kit? Or does the blower alone get the job done? I don't want to buy both if one will do it.
     
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    It depends on what the dust bunnies are composed of. If it is something wet and sticky like pollen then it will be necessary to wet clean the sensor because pollen and other such organic things will literally become glued to the AA filter in front of the sensor. In a case like that, I use Sensor Swabs and Eclipse E2 fluid.

    Some of the lower cost telephoto lenses are problematic as far as drawing dust into the camera is concerned. The reason is that they act like a bellows or a trombone when changing focal length and don't have effective dust seals to keep the nasties out. I once did a shoot at a location where lots of wood dust was being generated -- mostly from semi-green wood. I found out afterwards that the lignin in the wood dust is an extremely tenacious glue and it took multiple wet cleanings with the E2 fluid before most of the blobs of wood dust were finally removed from the sensor (actually the AA filter that is immediately in front of the sensor). There is no hope for cleaning the internal optics of the lens that I used, but fortunately it was the kit lens and also dust on the lens is not as much of a problem as it is when it is on the AA filter.
     
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    I'm looking at it on B&H now. Do you just use the grabber alone, or do you use the liquid with the grabber?

    They sell it both ways.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/357732-REG/Kinetronics_KSSGK_SpeckGrabber_Pro_Kit.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...nics_KSSGXL_SpeckGrabber_XL_Dust_Remover.html
     
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    the liquid is only to clean the grabber i suppose. I do the grabber cleaning with alcoholic wipes instead (those used with syringes to disinfect your arm beforehand).

    It appears in Europe they sell in different style, but basically I just own a single grabber (no replacements tips either .. it seems to last forever)
     
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    blower alone, I could imagine any liquid would mess it up if there wasn't a swab.
     

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