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VisibleDustSD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit
 
4.4

(based on 36 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (28)
  • Reliable (14)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (13)
    • Travel (13)
    • Home (8)
    • Studio (5)
    • Landscape photography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (14), Professional (13), Semi-professional (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Essential Kit

    Bought this kit when my 20D finally accumulated enough sensor dust to be a problem. I have only had to use it once so far, and it performed as advertised. When combined with...Read complete review

    Bought this kit when my 20D finally accumulated enough sensor dust to be a problem. I have only had to use it once so far, and it performed as advertised. When combined with a sensor loupe, cleaning becomes easy. Simply spot the dust with the loupe, spin the brush, and swipe along the sensor. After a couple of tries all the spots that I could see were gone.
    The kit is easy to use, does not require cleaning fluid.
    The mirror brush is more of a challenge, as the brush is angled and has to be guided as it spins to charge.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Almost perfect

    We are on location 90% of the time. Lens changes are inevitable. The Nikon D3 is a dust magnet, nothing new there. We chose the Visible Dust system because the...Read complete review

    We are on location 90% of the time. Lens changes are inevitable. The Nikon D3 is a dust magnet, nothing new there. We chose the Visible Dust system because the "trusted" reviews said it worked. It does work and work well. No complaints about fit or function. We chose the "Pro" kit for versatility, it gave us cleaning methods tailored to different sized sensors. We paid more than the best individual Arctic Butterfly, okay had more brushes, but we lost the light. It is important to see where you're going inside the body and without the light if makes it a bit difficult. Balancing a camera body in one hand, Butterfly in the other and a high powered LED light in your mouth just doesn't make sense in this price range. I think the product does a good job but I also believe Visible Dust could have done a better package. Would I recommend to a person in our situation, probably not. I would say get the top end Arctic Butterfly and add the brush(s) you need. IMHO

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    4.0

    Great sensor cleaning kit!

    By Jonny Jump

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Variety Of Brushes
    • Great For Dust Removal
    • Spinning Brush Base
    • Statically Charged Brush

    Cons

    • Cheap Spinner
    • Could be better designed

    Best Uses

    • Camera sensor cleaning

    Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

    I used this kit to clean the sensor of my 5D Mark III and was very happy with the results. Best paired with a couple other tools. I used Quasar sensor loop to get a good view of the sensor surface. I also ended up needing to use liquid wipes to achieve a perfectly clean sensor, for that I used the Visible Dust MXD x1.0 wipes and Eclipse optic cleaning solution. There were a few spots of pollen or something similarly resistive on the sensor. I ended up needed to use 6 wipes in total but the combined effort gave me a perfectly clean surface again. I use my camera a few days a week and mostly in outdoor conditions and it was REALLY DIRTY after two years of use! I wish I would have purchased this kit sooner and kept up on the cleaning. CAREFUL pulling off the pre-installed brush on the motorized base. Make sure to pull from the white plastic, not the metal shaft of the brush. I accidentally pulled the brush off the plastic base and it hasn't spun as well since.

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    5.0

    Absolutely satisfy

    By physioar

    from Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, Québec, Canada

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

      Works as expected. Makes sensor and mirror cleaning simple.

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      1.0

      Save your $$

      By Aaron

      from Vancouver, Canada

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Pros

      • Comes In A Nice Case

      Cons

      • Not Functional
      • Poor Design
      • Poor quality
      • Very overpriced

      Best Uses

      • none

      Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

      Ok where to start lol. Opened up the box this morning to give it a try. Packaging was great.Comes with a nice outer organizer and the actual unit is packed in a foam cut hard case that looks very professional. Unfortunately that is where it all comes to a screeching halt.

      No instructions. Really, not even a simple card explaining the uses of the different brushes and how to best operate the brush. Thanks to youtube this wasn't a huge deal breaker for me but still rather annoying.

      The actual components of the kit however have the feeling of being manufactured by child labourers in a third world country. Not at all what I was expecting for the $$ it costs. Brushes come with snap on clear protectors that won't stay closed. The bristles on the full frame brush stand out in all directions no matter how many times I spin it in the provided motorized handle. The APS-C brush was fine so looks to me like a manufacturing defect which at the price point of this product is really unacceptable.

      Now to the motorized handle. If you want to change brush heads from APS-C to full frame you need to use the supplied adapter as they do not interchange because of size differences( seriously -facepalm- ) Ok so I change the brush over to full frame. Insert the adapter on the brush end and place the whole unit in the bottom of the handle, give it a good squeeze together and turn it up so the brush head is facing up. Flick the switch to spin the brush and.....the brush comes flying off and shoots across the room at mach speed. I proceed to pick up said brush off the floor, thinking I've done something wrong and once again push the brush head back into the motorized handle. I point the brush up, push the button to spin the brush and once again I am walking across the room to retrieve the brush. So now I am thinking do I really even want to use this product on my 5d markIII. The answer was no thanks.

      Come on Visible Dust. I've never questioned any of your other cleaning products before. I've never had an issue like this before but this product has me second guessing my decision to use your products for my cleaning needs.

      My opinion. Keep your money and purchase a sensor cleaning brush and some canned air. Use the canned air to charge the brush and use the brush on the sensor. You can buy an awful lot of canned air for the price of this.

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      4.0

      works great ... did the job

      By Bill

      from Jensen Beach, FL

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

        for home usepro: nice assortment of brushescon: a bit difficult to swap between standard brush and additional brushes

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        5.0

        So easy and worked perfectly

        By shutterbug

        from Florida

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

            Being new to sensor cleaning, I was rather timid about the task. I was pleasantly pleased and relieved at how easy and successful it was. I highly recommend this tool.

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            3.0

            It may have potential

            By Camera Obscura

            from Indiana

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

              I bought the SD-800 on recommendation from a friend and after reading lots of reviews saying it works well (despite not having a built in light - an LED flashlight works fine). I hoped it would clean what I thought were dust particles on my D-7000 sensor after finding spots in the same locations on multiple shots.Turned out they were not dust particles, but something (probably internal lubricant) that splattered onto the sensor in little droplets that were very stubborn. The Arctic Butterfly didn't budge them, which was disappointing considering its 3-digit price tag. But it's not designed to remove such specks.So then I bought VisibleDust's VDustPlus kit, also very pricey ($) for four disposable swabs and a 1-ml vial of magic juice. But the kit did the trick, eventually removing the sticky spots and smears altogether.I just wish these things were cheaper! Otherwise, they seem to perform as advertised. Also, ther SD-800 should include instructions identifying which brush is which, how to use them, etc. I finally figured it out by searching through their website, which has some helpful videos.

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              5.0

              Works great

              By shutterbug

              from Gainesville, FL

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sensor cleaning

                Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                I never cleaned a sensor before and never wanted to, but it came down to either taking the plunge or sending a 5D back to Canon for service which due to past experience seemed perilous to me. So I took the plunge and it could not have been easier. Worked like a charm. Highly recommend.

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                5.0

                Simple, easy to use and effective!

                By Patrickwc

                from Westland, MI

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                The versatility of the Arctic Butterfly Pro kit is the the 3 different style brushes, its protability and the when combined with a loupe you to check you can resta ssured your sensor will be ready for every shoot.

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                4.0

                Good product I have used it several tim

                By Gunther

                from Victoria Beach,mb

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                  I have a canon 50d and this product works well with it. This is my second butterfly

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                  5.0

                  brushes for all cases

                  By iraklisv

                  from Geneva, IL

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                        Only downside is absence of lightning, but not a deal breaker, just turn on the table lamp and you can see all the dust! Brushes are excellent, get rid off all the visible dust

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                        4.0

                        Works as advertised

                        By Jimmy Joe

                        from Eugene, Oregon

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Traveling

                          Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                          This product worked exactly as it described. Brushes worked very well, and they cleaned the surface dust as expected. The spinning brush could be a little sturdier, and the case could have a better locking mechanism. But neither of these small complaints hinders the functionality of the product.

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                          5.0

                          Works Great!

                          By Chris

                          from Raleigh, NC

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                Quick and easy.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent product

                                By SPDNotes

                                from Australia

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Efficient
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                  Very handy kit for de-dusting mirrors and sensors without resorting to a wet clean. Also useful for grabbing dust from the back elements of lenses rather than just blowing it off, possibly further into the lens body.

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                                  4.0

                                  It works but...

                                  By kscott

                                  from Long Beach, Ca

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • It works
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Doesn't feel professional
                                  • Durability time will tell

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                    I put together and cleaned 3 sensors pretty quickly. The product does work well, but I felt it could be made more sturdy. That being said it is pretty light for traveling and I won't go anywhere without it. It just flat out works.

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                                    5.0

                                    Keep it clean

                                    By shreddy

                                    from SB ca.

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

                                      Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                      i dont know how the dust gets in there but it does and this product helps get the dust out.

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                                      4.0

                                      Nice, but no light on the unit

                                      By kbrophoto

                                      from Arlington, TX

                                      About Me Professional

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                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • No light

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use

                                      Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                      This is the second Arctic Butterfly unit I've purchased. This kit was slightly different than the first. There are more accessories, which is great. The case is nice. I mainly use Visible Dust swabs to clean my sensor, but like to have the Arctic Butterfly as an alternative cleaning tool. Nice to know that I have this backup in the event I run out of swabs.

                                      Only complaint on this unit is that it does not have the built-in LED light that my other unit has. The light really enables you to see inside the chamber. Wish this unit had the light.

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                                      5.0

                                      The SD-800 is a Great Buy

                                      By M2G

                                      from Vail, Colorado

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                          The Visible Dust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit is a great digital still photographer's tool and one that I'd recommend as a valuable element within your sensor cleaning approach. The included variety of brush sizes and the mirror cleaning brush are ideal. In my range of photographic needs, I currently use the Nikon D70s, D300 and D700.

                                          The SD-800 comes with a brush and brush cover attached. This attached brush works great for use with my D70s and D300. The attached brush is shorter than the other three and for this one alone, I clean sensors with it attached to the handle. The other three (all come with their own cover, unlike what one reviewer states) are a couple of inches longer and are used with an adapter. You simply pull the originally attached brush off, push the black adapter onto the drive spindle and insert the brush you wish to use. After spinning these longer brushes to clean and charge them, I then remove them from the handle to begin sensor cleaning.

                                          The SD-800 handle is a reasonable size, not being overly bulky. I see little value in paying extra to have a brush handle with a built in light. This work benefits greatly from working in a well-illuminated setting. If not, a small LED hiker's headlamp would be a compact and useful tool.

                                          This brush would indeed travel well, but not as it comes. Just pick a couple of components from the kit to take along and leave the heavy and bulky case system behind. For some reason, they felt it necessary to produce a heavy zippered vinyl travel case, replete with an array of interior pockets to accommodate everything in the kit. However, the ideal travel case would have been something light and flat enough to hardly be noticed if not in use.

                                          In any case (no pun intended), this is a great version of the Arctic Butterfly and valuable piece of equipment to have in my collection.

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                                          5.0

                                          I would buy other Visible Dust products

                                          By Shaun White

                                          from Caboolture, Queensland, Australia

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                            Vey easy to use, very easy to clean, has a great carry case & a zip up bag for it that is a soft cover.

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                                            4.0

                                            Easy n powerful tool for sensor cleaning

                                            By shepherdmn

                                            from NM

                                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Everyday use
                                              • Home
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                              very easy to use. fast sensor/mirror cleaning. a must have for your cleaning kit!

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                                              3.0

                                              Controversal product

                                              By Alexander Azarov

                                              from Russia

                                              About Me Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use

                                              Cons

                                              • Bulky
                                              • Poor Design

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home

                                              Comments about VisibleDust SD-800 Arctic Butterfly Pro Kit:

                                              The overview claims this kit is ideal for travel. The main problem is it's bulky: the case is pretty large. Anyway, if you are a pro with several cameras, you will probably want to use all of the kit's brushes on location. But if you have a full frame camera and want to take the only 1.0x brush with you, you end up getting all the kit, since there is no way to attach 1.0x brush to the Arctic Butterfly unit and protect it from dust (the unit comes with 1.6x attached and has an envelope for that brush only)

                                              The build quality is poor. The case closes unreliably. Brushes have ink marks and I'm afraid they will disappear with time.

                                              The good part is that the technology works as advertised.

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