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VisibleDust Smear Away Solution

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VisibleDust Smear Away Solution

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  • For Cleaning DSLR Image Sensors

Price: $25.95

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The Smear Away Solution from Visible Dust is used to remove the toughest stains and smears from sensors that are not easily removable using other solutions. These tough spots could include chamber coating film, electronic wax, lubricating oil, saliva drops and more. Smear Away solution works well with Visible Dust Green Series Swabs ONLY.

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VisibleDustSmear Away Solution
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Reliable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sensor cleaning (4)
    • Landscape photography (3)
    • Portraits (3)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-professional (7), Professional (6), Enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Smears and dust are gone!

    This solution in combination with their green FX sensor swabs really did the trick. I know they sell a sensor cleaning solution, but a lot of times those don't get oil spots off of...Read complete review

    This solution in combination with their green FX sensor swabs really did the trick. I know they sell a sensor cleaning solution, but a lot of times those don't get oil spots off of the sensor and this one gets dust and oil off to a streak free shine. I highly recommend using a bright light or a sensor loop that is lighted to see into the sensor area to get all of the dust. Also, blow your sensor off on all areas with a hand squeezed blower, not a compressed air can. Once the sensor is free of loose debris, apply 3-4 drops of this solution to your green Visible Dust sensor swab and make one pass from right to left or left to right, NOT BOTH! When I tried swiping right to left and then back again I actually left dust on the edge of the sensor. Use this product twice and then check again once it's dry for any more dust and simply blow it off. This product does not leave streak marks and works perfectly. I can't say enough good things about it. I own two D700's and I wouldn't use anything else on them. Sending your camera back for cleaning every month can be time consuming and unpractical and dry cleaning alone often times isn't enough to get the stubborn dust off the sensor. Buy it, don't look back!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Ineffective and expensive

    I purchased the visible dust swabs, smear away and sensor clean solutions to remove lubricant from my D800 sensor. I started with the smear away and succeeded in transmorming punctate lubricant dots to one...Read complete review

    I purchased the visible dust swabs, smear away and sensor clean solutions to remove lubricant from my D800 sensor. I started with the smear away and succeeded in transmorming punctate lubricant dots to one consistent thick haze across the sensor. After using 9 sensor swabs with smear away, I then tried the sensor clean with my remaining 3 swabs from the box of 12 I purchased, and this did not have any effect. I then purchased a sensorswipe, quickstips and eclipse solution at a fraction of the cost and only after a few passes have a clean sensor and a camera back up and running again.

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    5.0

    Fine product - practice makes perfect

    By Boston Mike

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

        Visible Dust makes excellent products, but as with any process involving dexterity, you must practice some at first. My first attempt was on a camera I had owned for 5 years and never cleaned. I began by using the VisibleDust Vswab Ultra MXD-100 and VisibleDust Sensor Clean Solution (their standard cleaning solution).
        I used all 12 swabs I had. Sometimes it looked better, sometimes worse, but never good.
        I bought 12 more swabs and the other two cleaners in the product line: VDust Plus and Smear Away.
        I used Smear away one time and the sensor looked better but not good. After the second application with Smear Away, the sensor looked better still.
        It seemed to me that 2 applications of Smear Away had finally removed whatever gunk had been causing the problem of crud being moved around the sensor but not actually eliminated, so I moved on to using the VDust Plus.
        One application with VDust Plus and everything looked very good except for one tiny blob near the lower-left corner and I deemed the job "Close enough for jazz." I did not want to risk messing up a near-perfect result for one tiny blob in that location (which should be fixable in post for nearly all images.)

        I also have the VisibleDust Quasar Sensor Loupe. It is a nice instrument, but did not actually do much to help me with cleaning the sensor. Certainly it gives you a good visual of the insides, and it might help you identify the nature of the substance on the sensor, but you can see what you need to see only with an exposure. I used a trick I found online: open a blank Word file and zoom in to about 400% This gives you a very nice, even background to shoot, and any dust will show readily. Don't forget to stop way down.

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        5.0

        Took away some ugly sensor smears.

        By Leo

        from Miami

        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

        Works just like what it's called. Easy to use with swabs. Took away some ugly spots off my D600.

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        5.0

        Best There Is

        By Chip

        from St. Joseph, Missouri

        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

        For everyone who uses a DSLR camera is going to find one or more of those annoying dust spots on a picture. Without a doubt VisibleDust Smear Away Solution is best sensor cleaning fluid there is. Using the proper swab and VisibleDust Smear Away Solution a clean sensor is just two swipes away. With VisibleDust Smear Away Solution your sensor is clean of those annoying spots and you are back out shooting in less than five minutes.

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        2.0

        Works and leaves liquid smears too

        By Eddie Clark Media

        from Boulder, CO

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

        It gets the hard to remove spots off, but the downside is you have to use like 10 swabs with sensor clean to remove the left-over streaks. Bottom line, it works, but use sparingly and have a lot of extra swabs and sensor clean solution to finish the job.

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        1.0

        Did not work to clean my Nikon D610

        By Chris

        from Far, far northern California

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

              This left an hazy film on the sensor and did not remove the spots. I tried several times and then ordered Full Frame Digital Sensor product and that worked perfectly.B&H was kind enough to send me an RMA for return.

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              5.0

              Works great on smears!

              By creativechic

              from Cleveland OH

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Works well

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cleaning Sensors

                Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                Had a tough smear on a sensor and nothing else worked. Smear came off with little effort and no damage.

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                5.0

                Works well!

                By creativechic

                from Cleveland OH

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                    Seems to clean dust off sensor well with no residue and little effect.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Removes Stuff the Others Can't

                    By Dar

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Too Small Amount

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                    I use this to clean stubborn junk off my sensor. When I first got my D7100 it had some oil/grease (I assume) on the sensor - right out of the box. It's 45-miles, one way, to the nearest photo store so... I cleaned it. I had nothing to lose but a few drops of this. It cleaned the sensor up, immediately and I had a camera to use within 20-minutes, rather than having to drive, exchange and drive back (minimum 3-hours)... this stuff gets stuff that VDust, and other sensor cleaners just plain can't get. I just wish there was more in the bottle for the $$$$.

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                    3.0

                    got rid of D600 oil specks

                    By Verm

                    from Flagstaff, AZ

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Leaves It's Own Smear

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                        Bought this to clean a D600 sensor of oil specks. It seemed to get the oil spots out, but left other smears and debris seemed to pool up in corners. Did 4 swabs worth and didn't get the sensor spotless so ordered the Sensor Clean solution to finish the job - haven't had a chance to use that yet. If you buy this consider getting the Sensor Clean also to save yourself time in the long run.

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                        3.0

                        Good cleaning sloution but expensive

                        By HNg

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Cost

                        Best Uses

                        • Occasional

                        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                        A great solution for cleaning stubbon water marks and minor grease on sensor but is way too costly in my opinion.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works as advertised

                        By bgphoto

                        from Batesville, AR

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                            I used Visible Dust Sensor Pads and Smear Away to clean a stubborn oil spot off of my d800 sensor. It removed the oil spot, but left streaks that had to be removed by using Visible Dust's Sensor Clean solution. I gave this product 4 stars because, while it works, it is quite expensive and requires follow up with another product to fully resolve the problem it was meant to fix.

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                            1.0

                            Ineffective and expensive

                            By Kim

                            from USA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                  I purchased the visible dust swabs, smear away and sensor clean solutions to remove lubricant from my D800 sensor. I started with the smear away and succeeded in transmorming punctate lubricant dots to one consistent thick haze across the sensor. After using 9 sensor swabs with smear away, I then tried the sensor clean with my remaining 3 swabs from the box of 12 I purchased, and this did not have any effect. I then purchased a sensorswipe, quickstips and eclipse solution at a fraction of the cost and only after a few passes have a clean sensor and a camera back up and running again.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product!

                                  By redplanet9

                                  from Hollywood, CA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                      Great product that cleaned away some stubborn marks.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Worked like a champ!!

                                      By Picture_Boy

                                      from Dallas, TX

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                        Had an oil/grease spot, the Smear Away and Green swabs cleaned the sensor nicely...

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Work as intended.

                                        By Kid

                                        from Thailand

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Reliable
                                        • Works as advertised

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Camera sensor cleaning

                                          Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                          I ordered this solution to clean a smear on my sensor due to a contaminated sensor brush I used earlier. The solution itself wiped the smear from the sensor but left some traces behind. It is not bad since another swab from an unused side with Eclipse solution took care of that. I believe similar solutions offered by Visible Dust would work well in cleaning the traces as well.

                                          If you practice or clean sensors often enough (not that it is a good thing, but considering where I live is very dusty, it is inevitable). You will not spend too many swabs to clean a sensor.

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                                          4.0

                                          I would bye this product again.

                                          By Al

                                          from mechanicsville, MD

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                              Works well

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                                              • No

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                                              1.0

                                              Doesn't seem to work

                                              By Mike

                                              from CT

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                • Not Functional

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                  Not sure what the point of the Smear Away solution is, I still had to use the regular solution to get rid of the smears left behind by it. So don't bother buying this.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Performed as expected

                                                  By TiCobra

                                                  from Columbus, OH

                                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Landscape Photography
                                                    • Macro Photography
                                                    • Portraits
                                                    • Studio
                                                    • Traveling

                                                    Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                    I had a smear on the focusing screen. I put a couple of drops on the visible dust swab and cleaned the screen. It was great. It was a little pricey, but the smears on the focusing screen were REALLY irritating.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Works as promised.

                                                    By Gus

                                                    from Los Angeles

                                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                        Works great, visible dusts whole line is outstanding. Look no further for cleaning gear than visible dust.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Works great!

                                                        By Rob the Photog

                                                        from Okemos, MI

                                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Use
                                                        • Reliable

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Sensor cleaning

                                                          Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                          When Nikon discontinued the D300 I decided that I had to purchase one, and I ended up with a demo model from a local big box store. Unfortunately, it came with a couple of missing parts and a GIANT FINGERPRINT SMUDGE ON THE SENSOR! I know, right?

                                                          Anyway, I used this solution in conjunction with the 1.5x/1.6x green swabs by the same company, and after a couple of swabbings my sensor was as good as new!

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