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Photographic SolutionsSensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack)
 
4.1

(based on 94 reviews)

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    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (9)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (66)
  • Reliable (38)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Not functional (6)
  • Pricey (4)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (20)
  • Portraits (14)
  • Landscape photography (12)
  • Macro photography (12)
  • Studio (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (36), Professional (34), Enthusiast (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Visible Dust Products are GREAT!

I have been cleaning my sensors since owning a Nikon D70. I have owned the Nikon D200, D2X, D300, and now the D3. I have always had good results with Visible Dust...Read complete review

I have been cleaning my sensors since owning a Nikon D70. I have owned the Nikon D200, D2X, D300, and now the D3. I have always had good results with Visible Dust products. Yes, sometimes it takes 3-5 pads to get your sensor clean (along with using a brush a few times), but that is still much cheaper than sending off your camera to Nikon (which by the way has come back with the largest dust spot I have ever seen on a sensor?!?!).

I have used other manufacturers' products and I personally haven't had as much luck. One IMPORTANT note! Use the 1.5/1.6 sized swabs on the full framed sensors. I purchased another brand "full frame" swab and it is almost impossible not to touch the sides of the camera. This leaves a lot of junk on the sensor (probably from the fragments of the brush itself). The Visible Dust swabs also look like a fabric (vs. cloth) construction and leaves no traces of "junk".

Also, the Visible Dust solutions are able to work with the new D300/D3 sensors, unlike other manufacturers'... that should say something about the quality to begin with in my opinion.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not impressed

I read the reviews. I watched the videos online. I psyched myself up to save a few dollars. And I was disappointed. Granted, I'm not Mr. Handyman, but my experience with...Read complete review

I read the reviews. I watched the videos online. I psyched myself up to save a few dollars. And I was disappointed. Granted, I'm not Mr. Handyman, but my experience with the Sensor Swabs was less than stellar.

The swabs do pickup lint/particles/whatever, but they also leave new friends in their wake, resulting in additional spots elsewhere on the sensor (and subsequently in my pictures). I used three swabs on one sensor, then gave up and took my camera to Canon for a professional cleaning. Lucky for me I happen to live about 10 minutes from their CA headquarters.

In my estimation these are safe if used properly... but what's the point of just moving the spots around? If others have success with this product, all the more power to them; as expensive as this kit is, if it works for some people it's still cheaper than sending your gear in for cleaning. For me, I'll just pay Canon the $30 and be done with it.

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5.0

Works great

By Paul C

from Boston

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use

    Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

    I have different types for the different sized sensors in my cameras. Work great. I usually need 2 or 3 to do the job, but they are easy to use and very effective.

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    5.0

    Excellent.

    By Michael

    from Maine

    Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

    These little swabs, when used with the appropriate solvent, are perfect for removing stubborn goop from the sensors. No more spots to fuss with in the computer.

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    5.0

    Clean At Last!

    By Worthy

    from Kernersville, NC

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

        In my years of photography experience...30 plus...we used to have to be careful of dust in our 4x5 or 8x10 film holders.
        Now, dust on our camera sensors are the problem...and always recurring problem.
        Sensor Swab is the best solution for fixing this "new" bug in the professional photographer's life.

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        5.0

        My go-to swab

        By maxwellduryea

        from Berlin

        Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

        Great on my 5Dii, my 5Diii and now in my A7 Mark II.

        Wonderful and easy to use!

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        4.0

        Good but takes some practice

        By Buck

        from Holly Springs, NC

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              Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

              I've used these on my crop sensor 60D, and I bought these for my 6D. My experience has been that it takes a couple or three to get it right - to get the sensor clean. If you can't get the spots off with the Giottos rocket blower, this is what you need to clean your sensor.

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              5.0

              Great Product

              By RHarrigan

              from Orlando, FL

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                I use these sensor swabs to clean my Nikon D3. They work great!

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                5.0

                Raymond

                By Ray Ray

                from Albuquerque, NM

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                  Great Product! We have used this product for years. It is the best way to clean your sensors.

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                  1.0

                  Leaves more than it removes

                  By Will Crash

                  from Knoxville TN

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                        Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                        Bought these on a few reviews to clean the sensors on my Canon 5D Mark II.I had dust on my sensor from a dusty video shoot and used this product to clean the sensor. It did remove the dust, but left lint all over the sensor. Used 5 swabs and each one made it progressively worse. So I basically paid $ to make my sensor even worse.

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                        4.0

                        Senslr Swabs

                        By vino2nite

                        from Cheshire, CT

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                          Exactly like I had hoped. With a little practice, it worked beautifully.

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                          1.0

                          Picks up dust, Leave a ton of lint

                          By Will Crash

                          from Knoxville TN

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                                Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                Bought these to clean 2 of my canon cameras. Horrible. It did remove the dust on the sensors but left lint everywhere. I used 7 swabs and still each one left as much lint as the other and would not remove it. Now my cameras are worse then when they had dust on the sensors. Have to send them in to have them cleaned.

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                                4.0

                                Always Available

                                By Mike

                                from Minneapolis / St. Paul

                                Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                When searching Minneapolis for this crucial sensor cleaning product I could not find any in town. B&H had what I needed and I received it in two days.
                                I have now put a supply inventory check on my calendar and will be ordering from B&H first from now on.

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                                5.0

                                Does the job

                                By fstop

                                from Southampton, NY

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                  Had some spots and then they were gone quickly and residue free on my D800

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                                  2.0

                                  So so

                                  By Win

                                  from Montgomery, Tx

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                                    Cons

                                    • Expensive
                                    • Messy
                                    • Over Rated

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                      The product implies that it can be of useful service. My experience has not been very good.. The swabs have left my sensor with "puddles" near the edges and at times graced me with lint added to my sensor.

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                                      4.0

                                      I would buy this product again

                                      By Vee

                                      from Missouri City, Texas

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Use

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use

                                      Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                      Sensor Swab and the Optic Solution worked well for me.
                                      It was my first time cleaning my sensor. I haadto use 5 swabs to get it right.

                                      I had to very careful not to saturate the swab!!!
                                      Please go to U tube first.

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                                      5.0

                                      It's The Best

                                      By B79291

                                      from Florida

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                        I cleaned my D800's dirty sensor with several swipes of a Photographic Solution 24-mm swab soaked with their Eclipse liquid. Unlike a higher priced swab and solution which left stubbornly resistant smears and spots on the sensor, this time the sensor appears to be completely clean. PS offers only one liquid cleaner, which seems to work well on oil and other types of ordinary contamination. The PS price is very competitive, too.

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                                        5.0

                                        Sensor Swab Type 3

                                        By Diff

                                        from Boston MA

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                            Sensor Swabs are the de facto standard product for sewnsor cleaning.

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                                            5.0

                                            works extremely well

                                            By Peter

                                            from Hadley, MA

                                            About Me Semi-Professional

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                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • It works
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                            • Watch A How To Video

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                              I purchased a Canon 5D mark 2 camera 16 months ago and was never really happy with the softness of the images.Finally decided to check the sensor and it appeared to have opaque spots as well as a couple of dust spots. I used the swabs with Eclipse sensor-cleaning solution and the sensor was smudged and streaked all over. Horrors! After 4 more swabs with Eclipse sensor-cleaning solution my images are tack sharp!Live and learn...

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                                              5.0

                                              Minor problems but great results

                                              By Old Goat

                                              from Boulder, CO

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Fairly Economical
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                                  Self cleaning a sensor on a DSLR is a frightening concept. What may help is that that there is a piece of glass covering the sensor and that is what you are actually cleaning, but it can still be scratched. This product works quite well, but you do need to follow directions. Definitely view a video on how-to before starting to help assure you do it safely. It is easy to determine if you need to clean the sensor. Set the camera to manual focus, stop the lens down to a small aperture (say f22) and take a picture of something white held in front of the lens. In the picture preview magnify the image and scan around, particularly in the upper portion of the image, which corresponds to the lower part of the sensor. Any small black dots in the image are from dirt on the sensor.
                                                  The minor problems arise in that one try with the cleaning stick and its solvent may not completely remove the dirt. The process then needs to be repeated using a second new swab in the same manner. Having said that the process is easy and safe if you follow the instructions carefully. Only use the recommended solvent from Photographic Solutions for their Sensor Swab.

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Good product

                                                  By Richard

                                                  from San Diego

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Cleaning Prior To Shoot

                                                    Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                                    This is a reasonable method to clean sensors.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    perfect product for cleaning sensor

                                                    By imijphoto

                                                    from washington dc metro area

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Reliable

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs (Type 3, 12-Pack):

                                                        simple to use, effective and not cost prohibitive

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