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hrogersiii
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Right Choice - Sensor Cleaning System - Visible Dust


I am looking to buy a sensor dust removal for my Nikon D7000 and will be upgrading to a D800 sometime in the near future.

Can someone suggest the brush, loop and blower kit that I should buy?

Thanks.

Harry



Jun 20, 2014 at 01:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Right Choice - Sensor Cleaning System - Visible Dust


I hate to sound like endorsing one brand over others, but I have been using "Copper Hill Method" worked great for the lowest cost over time. Well, it just happened to be the lowest cost but it worked best for me, really.

If interested, try search here(sorry, I have the link, but I don't want to get negative or positive publicity).



Jun 20, 2014 at 02:34 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Right Choice - Sensor Cleaning System - Visible Dust


I bought this lollipop stick thing from photography life and it's fantastic. Works well, takes only a few minutes, and not too expensive .


Jun 20, 2014 at 03:35 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Right Choice - Sensor Cleaning System - Visible Dust


If it doesn't blow off, use liquid and wipes. All the different brands of wipes look pretty much the same.


Jun 20, 2014 at 04:15 AM
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chuhsi1 wrote:
I bought this lollipop stick thing from photography life and it's fantastic. Works well, takes only a few minutes, and not too expensive .


I too have one of these for my D600, sensor gel stick I think is what they call it on photography life. It works great!



Jun 20, 2014 at 04:30 AM
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There was a thread a while back and I had asked about the raping that takes place over some of these products and their prices points. I bought one set, and then had a chance to use both products side by side.

IMO.... In a nutshell. Both the Copperhill and VD systems are over priced for what you get.

BUT !

I had given a bit of a slam towards the Copperhill due to some of the assembly required and the wand size they've chosen for FX sensors. I have had 3 months or so using the VisableDust and Copperhill now. The VD system is just whacky crazy stupidly insanely overpriced on all levels. Only people with some sort of sever vitamin deficiency effecting thought, spending and competency would ever contemplate this system. It's just WAY too over priced.

The Copperhill system (albeit got middle of the road marks from me) in the beginning. I have somewhat warmed up to and find it suitable and fairly cost effective when compared to the aforementioned insanity.

Their megakit (whatever they call it) is a fairly solid value. I do still have issue with their choices of swab SIZE and material size cut for those swabs. But it can be overcome with longer usage.

I like 'the little guy' aspect of the company and that goes a long way with me also.

SO.... a bit of a revision of my original thoughts on Copperhill.. I now give it the seal of non-insanity, and would probably recommend it to people.

Just my 10 cents.



Jun 20, 2014 at 06:30 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Right Choice - Sensor Cleaning System - Visible Dust


Thanks for the quick responses from all.
I opted for the Copper Hill mega kit with the 14 and 18mm sensor swab/brush sizes.

I look forward to getting it and trying it out.

Harry



Jun 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM
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Oh cool! good thing i can across this thread. Having the same issue with my D7000 after 5800 shutter clicks! I must have goofed up changing lens......
I was brave & stupid - I used 91% alcohol & cotton swabs to remove the dust (after blowing hi-speed air several times did not work). Took me 4 cleanings (& plenty of nail-biting) to get the sensor filter to be streak-free. Still have about 8 dots left that i can see when i zoom in (on the rear LCD). Much better than before. Considering sending it in to an auth service center to get it fully cleaned. Any recommendations for authorized Nikon centers?? Thank you.



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I get the best results with the VisibleDust V-swabs with my D800e and D750 cameras. I use their standard sensor swabs for my D7100 camera. For oil from the factory on the sensor I use the VisibleDust Smearaway product first to remove the oil and then Eclipse solution to remove the Smearaway residue. For general sensor cleaning I use the Eclipse solution which is inexpensive and works great.

For a loupe I would recommend one with LED lights to illuminate the sensor. For a blower the best I have found is the Giottos one that looks like a sci-fi rocket.



May 29, 2015 at 08:04 PM
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If it doesn't blow off, use the Copper Hill method, IMHO.

Be VERY VERY careful with gel-sticks. I would never in a million years touch my camera sensor with something that wasn't brand new every single time. One piece of grit gets stuck in that thing and you'll scratch the OLPF.

Good call on the Copper Hill kit Only thing I would suggest is not using the DX wipes first on FF, just go right to the 24mm wipes. It's possible to leave cleaning residue on the sensor from the edges of the swap when you have to make more than one pass each time, and then you'll end up making more passes to clean the residue, and it can be a vicious cycle. Better to do clean sweeps covering the entire sensor every time.



May 29, 2015 at 08:06 PM
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I'm one of those crazy, insane people that use Visible Dust swabs. Yes, they cost a lot, but I just don't need them enough that this becomes an expense I'm worried about. I like the V-swabs because they fit my D800E sensor perfectly and do seem to channel crud into a central location where it is collected. I've read up on the sticky pad things, and while it looks like they work fairly well on particles, I wonder if they'd work on everything else. I am also worried about one picking up a tiny bit of grit and then scratching something. I am careful to do an in-camera cleaning, then hold the camera upside down and hit it with a rocket bulb before doing the swab. That should dislodge any bit of grit that's not too stuck before I physically touch the sensor.


Kent in SD



May 30, 2015 at 01:24 AM
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I use the $12.79 brushes from CleanSkies on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321745896764



May 30, 2015 at 01:35 AM
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chuhsi1 wrote:
I bought this lollipop stick thing from photography life and it's fantastic. Works well, takes only a few minutes, and not too expensive .


+1 except I scored mine on Amazon for less. (yeah, made in Germany)
Cleaned 6 sensors yesterday...in 45 min., paid for itself right there.
If one can follow directions, it's a brilliant tool. If you're a putz, stay away.

There's no "right choice" use what you're comfortable with.



May 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
+1 except I scored mine on Amazon for less. (yeah, made in Germany)
Cleaned 6 sensors yesterday...in 45 min., paid for itself right there.
If one can follow directions, it's a brilliant tool. If you're a putz, stay away.

There's no "right choice" use what you're comfortable with.


+1
on the blue lollipop by eyelead from amazon which is exactly the same as the photography life one. these are used by a number of camera makers by the service depts.



May 30, 2015 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Right Choice - Sensor Cleaning System - Visible Dust


Without a loupe I find it nearly impossible to see any fine particles on the sensor. The LED versions illuminate gunk from various angles which projects shadows making them more visible. The one I have is a VD model bought several years ago.


May 30, 2015 at 04:01 PM
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sjms wrote:
+1
on the blue lollipop by eyelead from amazon which is exactly the same as the photography life one. these are used by a number of camera makers by the service depts.


Another fan of the gel sensor stick. I do still like to use the sensor loupe I got with the Visible Dust system too.




May 30, 2015 at 05:04 PM





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