Who sells sensor cleaning equipment?

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  1. MBasile

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    Has anyone seen sensor cleaning kits in any retail stores? Best Buy, Wolf/Ritz Camera, and Target don't carry ANYTHING to clean sensors.

    Thank you big box chain stores for driving out independent stores and then fail to carry necessary equipment!
     
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    Buy online!! its what i do tbh...
    just search Arctic Butterfly on Amazon and buy one of their kits.
     
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    I would like it ASAP, which is why I am avoiding online.

    I also avoid amazon at all costs because they screw the states out of tax dollars, which takes money away from schools and emergency services (fire, police, EMT).

    California tried to make amazon pay taxes because they have associates/subsidiaries in the state so technically should be paying taxes and Amazon threatened to take all their business out of the state, so CA backed down.
    [/rant]
     
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    oh...
    Well i have had nothing but good experiences from amazon i recently signed up to a Trial of their Premium Delivery service in which means i receive all my items within 1 - 2 working days from the date of purchase
    (i ordered my manfrotto Monopod with a 482 RC2 mini Ball head and Canon 450D Camera armour.. which i was pretty dissapointed with tbh.. the button holes are miss-aligned - yes i am using a 450D, it isn't terribly mis-aligned but it makes pushing buttons harder... i expected it to be hard plastic or thick rubber.. not thin flimsy rubber that costs about £5 maximum to make...) at around 1 - 3 pm GMT, it arrived at my door the next day at 10am and the second parcel at 1pm
     
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    Wow, thanks for protecting all the good people of California. :thumbup:

    I guess your best option is to go out and jump in the car and go shopping at places where they sell camera gear, since it's an ASAP deal.
     
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    I finally found a camera store listing that was still in business! :lol:

    They had an awesome kit with swabs, solution, and wipes for lens and sensor cleaning for $25.
     
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    The only thing about the swabs are: you have to keep buying new ones every 6 month or so (based on a pack of 12) whereas a sensor brush, you can keep for about 2 - 3 years if not longer
     
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    but aren't you supposed to use a blower to "recharge" the brush every time you use it?
     
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    nope, the Arctic butterfly brush can spin (thus the name Butterfly) Which cleans the dust off the brush and recharges it
    I personally (i know i know bad idea but it worked!!) used normal cotton buds and a pair of latex gloves to clean my sensor

    Reason for doing that: i has a lens pen which i had been using to clean my sensor then i decided to try using LENS CLEANER solution on the mirror and the sensor... bad idea!!
    It stained on my sensor and mirror (however it wasn't visible on my images but i didn't want to risk anything) so i tried using a hair drier to dry the solution out.. never worked.. try leaving it for 10 -20 mins.. never worked...
    then i decided to pull the head off the cotton bud / Cue tip off and roll it across the sensor, which took the solution right off, however it left some strands of cotton on my sensor and on my mirror, i used my rocket blower to try get rid of them but i couldn't so i just manually picked most of them off (using my +10 MACRO frilter to magnify the strands) with a pair of latex gloves on

    here is an image i took about 30 mins after this: Squinty Bridge HR version by ~uuilliam on deviantART (thats straight out of the camera)
     
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    Well turns out buying the same kit I bought locally from Adorama would have saved me less than $1 after the cheapest shipping option, and would take up to a week to arrive.

    So you say brushes get replaced every two to three years? The arctic butterfly is $259 for adorama. I'd rather see how far the swabs will last and put that extra money towards better glass
     
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    which one did you buy? you dont need to buy the WHOLE thing you just buy new heads...
    Amazon.com: Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly SL 700 Kit, Rotary Motion Fiber Cleaning Brush for entry Level DSLR Cameras - with Leather Carry Case: Electronics
    atm is only $60.. (brush + head only)
    Im guessing you bought the LED Magnify disk and the solution and the arctic buttrfly which a bunch of heads (about 3 extras)?


    The brush is really for light cleaning, you should always have a pack of swabs and solution too just incase you get any heavy dirt but for most cases it should require only the brush, doing it this method (depending how you shoot and where.) your swabs can last about 36 months / 3 years (based on a 6 month clean using 2 swabs per clean) instead of the regular 6 months (based on one clean per month)
     
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