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

(based on 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (67)
  • Reliable (40)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Durable (13)

Cons

  • Not functional (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Pricey (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (19)
  • Portraits (14)
  • Landscape photography (12)
  • Macro photography (12)
  • Studio (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (38), Semi-professional (37), Enthusiast (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (78)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cleaned up my 5D sensor like a champ!

In the past I've used (only when necesary) one of the special brushes you can get for cleaning sensors. I went to use the brush again and shot some air onto the tip...Read complete review

In the past I've used (only when necesary) one of the special brushes you can get for cleaning sensors. I went to use the brush again and shot some air onto the tip of the brush (helps 'charge the tips') then cleaned my sensor.

Not sure how/why this happened as I've done this before and not seen any problem. Let's just say I was horrified at what I saw. My sensor now had visible smudge marks and what appeared to be a scratch! Somehow...someway...the can of compressed air put stuff onto the bristles. My heart sunk.

I did a lot of reading online and settled on trying out these swabs.
(Photographic Solutions SENSOR SWABS TYPE 3)

KEEP IN MIND I BOUGHT THE ECLIPSE SOLUTION SEPARATE since some of the reviews mentioned that the presoaked ones either did NOT work well or caused other issues.

So I bought the Eclipse solution first at a local camera shop then ordered these Type 3 swabs.

It took about 4 swabs (with about 5 drops per swab) to finally get the sensor perfect, but perfect it is! No more smudge marks and the scratch looking mark is also gone! :)

LOVE THE FINAL RESULT as the sensor is spotless. I used the suggested technique of using a coated swab...then putting on lens and taking a test shot..then repeating as necessary.

Like I said, I had some tough specks that just took some more swabbing to actually remove the particle rather than moving the speck around. I also choose to wipe the swab both directions (sometimes more than once), just be sure to angle the tip a bit. Check out the video for this product on YouTube.

But after 4 swabs it's safe to say that my sensor is like it was right out of the factory!

I for one am glad I did it myself..and more so that I read up as much as possible of other reviews online. Thanks to all the other brave souls who ventured down this path before me and posted info online.

These dry sterile swabs (plus a bottle of Eclipse solution) should be in every digital photographers bag.

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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

Not Pre-Moistened

By Walker

from Lincoln, NE

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Remember to purchase the fluid as well, but these work far better than the pre-moistened swabs.

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      5.0

      Best Cleaning Solution for Sensors, and Low Pass Filters!

      By Faymus Media

      from New York, NY

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Steady Hands Needed

      Best Uses

      • Low Pass Filter Cleaning
      • Sensors Cleaning

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

      I have used this to clean my RED Scarlet & Epic low pass filters, sensors, as well as all my other cameras.

      Type 2 = RED, Blackmagic Cinema & Production cameras, as well as URSA mini.

      Type 3 = 5D mark 2, 3, NIkon D800, D810, D4, 1Dx

      These are the answer to all the dust spots!

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      4.0

      A must if you have dirt on your sensor

      By kipkipkip

      from danbury,ct

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Works

      Cons

      • Cost

      Best Uses

      • All Types

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

      I've used this type of swab on my other camera and while a nail biting experience it got my sensor clean and back in action. Be prepared to use a bunch of them to get the job done.

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      4.0

      Sensor Swab

      By Clean it up!

      from Sherman, Texas

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Low Quality Vs Price
      • Not Durable

      Best Uses

      • Cleaning Your Sensor

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

      The swabs are good. When used properly with the correct solution they do a good job. Sometimes the swabs are not completely lint free though and they are very expensive. I used clean room supplies for years in the computer industry and I can assure you these swabs are not the best product that could be produced. The material should not be made of a fibrous material. The handles hare weak and will often bend making it difficult to maintain a consistent pressure across the sensor. Photographic Solutions is making a fortune and providing a medium quality product.

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      3.0

      NOT a starter kit

      By Julia

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

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

      Perhaps I missed it, but this is not everything needed to clean a sensor. After receiving the swabs, the directions state to use with a specific solution (sold separately).

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      5.0

      they work

      By tahoelight

      from lake tahoe, nv

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          They work the way they are supposed to. After a lot of trial and error, I found the best method was to drip 2 drops of the Eclipse cleaner on ONE side. Make one single pass, then blow with an air bladder (NOT canned air) More than one pass seems to streak.

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          1.0

          I hate these.

          By hjr

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Professional

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Not Functional

            Best Uses

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

              After four of them (the entire pack I bought) there are smears from the liquid on the swabs still. Yeah, the spot that was driving me nuts is gone, but this is not an improvement.

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Paul C

              from Boston

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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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

                          About Me Professional

                          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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                            Pros

                              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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