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VisibleDust Smear Away Solution

B&H # VISAW Mfr # 2351918-1
Price: $25.95
Product Highlights
  • For Cleaning DSLR Image Sensors

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
 
4.3

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

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)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    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

    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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    • No

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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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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Ineffective and expensive

            By Kim

            from USA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                          • No

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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

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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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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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        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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                                          5.0

                                          Great for Cleaning

                                          By Sacky Photo Man

                                          from Fowlerville, MI

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Sensor cleaning

                                            Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                            I use this when I'm cleaning the sensors on my Nikon D3 and D2X. Every once in a while grease gets on the sensor and this solution is great for a thorough clean.

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent product

                                            By Signmaster

                                            from Swan Hill, Australia

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Sensor cleaning

                                              Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                              Cleaned my 5D Mk II sensor with Visible Dust Sensor Clean and got a big smear right through the center of my sensor. A new swab and one wipe with Smear Away, and clean as a whistle. I must have picked up a bit of oil on my first swab from the mirror hinge. The best move I ever made was to switch to the Visible Dust cleaning system. I previously used Eclipse and Pec Pads, I found that with Pec Pads it would take up to 10 cleans to get all the dust off, now the Arctic Butterfly does the job 90% of the time and any stubborn dust is normally cleaned with one or two swipes.

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                                              5.0

                                              I would buy this product again and again

                                              By hide

                                              from Maui, HI

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home

                                                Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                great to use with swabs

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                                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Smears and dust are gone!

                                                By Chris

                                                from Hainesport, NJ

                                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Reliable

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Sensor cleaning

                                                  Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                  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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                                                  4.0

                                                  Great for Oil Splatter from Shutter!

                                                  By MK

                                                  from NYC

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                  My DSLR's shutter can splatter lubricant onto the sensor and surrounding areas. This fluid coupled with the appropriate swabs makes quick work of removing the oil without smears.

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                                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  5.0

                                                  Easy to use

                                                  By Calvin

                                                  from Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

                                                  About Me Casual user

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                      Easy to use and works as described

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                                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Worked great on Nikon D3

                                                      By thxbruce

                                                      from Middleton, WI

                                                      About Me Professional

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Use

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Costly

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Professional Sensor Clean

                                                      Comments about VisibleDust Smear Away Solution:

                                                      I was having some difficulty getting my Nikon D3 sensor clean until I used this product. In one swipe, it was clean. Using the right size swab is very important also.

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