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VisibleDustSmear Away Solution
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

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    (3)

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    (2)

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90%

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 (12)

    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

    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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          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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              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

                  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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                              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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                                                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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                                                      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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