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Photographic SolutionsSensor Swab Type 3 (12-Pack)
 
4.1

(based on 88 reviews)

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    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (63)
  • Reliable (36)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Durable (11)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Everyday (18)
  • Portraits (13)
  • Landscape photography (12)
  • Travel (12)
  • Macro photography (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-professional (36), Professional (33), Enthusiast (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67)

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

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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab 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

                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Photographic Solutions Sensor Swab 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

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • It works
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Watch A How To Video

                              Best Uses

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

                                          simple to use, effective and not cost prohibitive

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                                          4.0

                                          Necessary tool for my my DSLRs

                                          By Rob

                                          from Honolulu, HI

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                              These seem expensive but so far I find this product to be the best way to get dust off my 5D MK III and 5D MKII.

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                                              1.0

                                              Not useful

                                              By Carlos Dang

                                              from San Francisco, CA

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                • Not Functional

                                                Best Uses

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

                                                  This product required additional items (a liquid) which is not mentioned anyewhere...

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                                                  5.0

                                                  simple and effective

                                                  By RL

                                                  from Washington, DC

                                                  About Me Semi-Professional

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

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

                                                      Used them to clean my Nikon D600. I only noticed the mound of dirt that had accumilated on the censor when I started during some HDR shots. It took 3 sticks to do the job.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      swab attack

                                                      By Stevo

                                                      from El Cajon , CA.

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Reliable
                                                      • Using The Correct Swab Wi

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Only As A Last Resort

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

                                                        If you absolutely need to use a swab, and after all others means to remove dust from the sensor glass have failed, with the "correct" sensor solution and correct procedures, you can clean the sensor glass. It may take several attempts. If you are not sure as to technique, or are ham handed, then do not attempt this method.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Very useful to own

                                                        By DSS

                                                        from Huntington Beach, CA

                                                        About Me Semi-Professional

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Use
                                                        • Lightweight
                                                        • Reliable

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

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

                                                            These swabs are very good to have handy when your sensor needs a cleaning, especially used together with Eclipse cleaning solution. (Never use them dry!) The nice thing about these is that the plastic handle is quite flexible which will prevent you from pressing down on the sensor too hard. This however can also be its weakness, because it takes a little effort to hold them steady. All in all a great buy and great fit for the D600 for example.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            easy to use

                                                            By shreeji photography

                                                            from Norristown, PA

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                                                            Pros

                                                            • Reliable

                                                            Cons

                                                            • Need Paitents

                                                            Best Uses

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

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

                                                            I used the swabs to clean my Nikon D800. The sensor had spots that didn't come off with rocket air. I used swabs and solution (sold separately) and was able to clean the sensor spotless. I had to use three wipes for one clean. Two wet wipes and the last one was dry but quickly after the second swab just to clean off the solution smears.

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