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PEC-PAD Lint Free Wipes 4"x4" 100per/Pkg
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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PEC-PADs are small squares of paper useful for cleaning lenses, mirrors, scanner/copier beds, etc. They are soft and essentially lint free. To my knowledge, no paper or cloth is absolutely lint free so if you, like another reviewer, go looking for fibers with a jeweler's loupe you'll probably find some. Fortunately, if they are so small they can only be seen under significant magnification, they will cause you no image degradation.

I do encourage users to keep the opened packages in a clean, dust-free environment such as a small plastic food container. If dust settles on the pads it can be transferred to the lens. In fact, it is quite easy to pick up some grit from any number of sources, including the glass surface, itself, and then abrade the lens inadvertently. In other words, " ultra soft and lint-free" refers to the virgin pads and should not lead one to a false sense of security.

My only other objection is the obscenely high price. That, alas, is to be expected with specialty items of this type. Buy from Amazon or a reliable internet seller such as Adorama or BH and you'll save money over camera store prices.

In short, a good product that performs exactly as described.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2008
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Best lens cleaners available. 7 years as professional photographer,
haven't found anything better. Use the Eclipse solution with it, great
pair!! Can also be used for CCD cleaning on paddle and special solution.

Good price through Adorama (Amazon supplier).
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2007
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The Pec Pad is exactly as advertised. I used them to clean archived 35mm kodachrome slides. The pads allowed even application of the cleaning solution. The pads also removed the solution with out leaving any streaks or lint. Overall, the product performs as expected. The only thing is that the package is a bit difficult to open without exposing all the pads. A fairly minor issue though.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
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Tried this for cleaning 35mm film and also to clean the scanner (Cannon 8800F) bed. 1) This is definitely not lint "free". Cleaned the scanner bed with a wipe just out of the packet while looking through a 8x magnifying loupe. I can see lint left behind. When used with PEC-12, noticed a thin film of whitish goo, probably from the wipe. 2) Tried using with PEC-12 for wiping negetives and again the results were not good. Left lint behind and also left minor scratches. So this is generally ok for wiping optics where a very small pices of lint is ok, but not for negatives.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2009
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The sensors of my D70s and D40 have accumulated dirt spots. A rocket blaster could blow away only some of them. I also tried dust blower, only to leave water marks on the sensor. Fortunately, the water was on the glass in front of the sensor, not on the sensor itself. (When talking about sensor cleaning, we really mean cleaning the glass in front of the sensor.) After reading the reviews, I ordered these PEC-PAD wipes, a bottle of E2 solution, and a SensorWand. The result is great.

I initially cut open one side of the plastic wrap of the wipes and pulled a wipe at a time out of the package. Since they are tightly packed, the pulling generated lots of friction on the surface of the wipe and thus lots of lint. I then cut a bigger opening and the lint is no longer present. It took a few exercises to learn how to wipe well and how much force should be used. Each wipe is big enough that it can be re-wrapped several times.

A good cleaning should not introduce new spots to the sensor. But if you find lint and do not want to touch the sensor again, a rocket blaster will help remove the lint. There is a spot that I cannot remove after repeated wiping. It might be on the back of the glass and I have to live with it. I put these wipes, the E2 solution, the SensorWand, and the rocket blaster into a Ziploc bag to keep them away from dirt.

I ordered all the items from Micro-Tools, which will do combined shipping and reduce shipping cost. Micro-Tools even included a small bag of candies in the shipment.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2008
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I take my camera everywhere- and am always bumping the lens with my finger when adjusting the filter or just putting the lens cap back on. There are many ways to ruin the perfect shot and by keeping that lens clean with the scratch proof cloth, I eliminated one more way to screw up the shot. The cloths are cheap enough that you can used them on a window when you are shooting through it in a public place. I just put a few in zip lock bag and keep it in my camera bag.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 30, 2008
These work absolutely perfectly. These are a must have to keep your lenses and CCD clean. If you use these with the Eclipse Cleaning Solution you should have to problems. And they really are lent free.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
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Just keep the pads in a sealed ziploc and they stay dust free. No lint or scratches on my lenses and I have used them multiple times in conjunction with E2 Eclipse.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
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So I have a high end Super-Multi-Coated filter and now it has swirl marks. I did pre-cleaned the surface first to remove heavy grit and dirt. This is a blower and finally light swabbing with a Pec*Pad. Then switched over to the Eclipse liquid and followed instructions. As a previous reviewer had done, I looked over the surface with a high intensity light and could see fine marks... It was later I tried to clean a junk lens and moved the pad in a linear direction and tested under light and found the fine scratches in the direction of the cleaning. So I would say that this is not as safe as claimed. It also leaves residues behind from either the pad or the oils that are loosened, but not absorbed so I would only be pushing the oils around. My micro-fiber cloths are far better...infinitely better and pass all light tests for scratches. It looks like I should go back to microfiber cloths at $7 bucks a pop and keep retiring them every dozen uses...$$$.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
I recently bought a Nikon D7000 and decided to do cleaning myself. The premade sensor swabs are just ridiculously priced and after hearing how cameras can come back dusty even after a pro cleaning, I decided the only person who would do the best job is myself. Cleaned my sensor 3 times already over the course of 2 months. The first effort was terrible, had to use 10 pads because it kept streaking. Ended up having to use 1 drop of cleaning fluid to finally clear it. The next time I folded it in half then placed it on the sensor wand. It made a HUGE difference. I was able to put 2 to 3 drops of fluid and it didn't streak!

So if you use these pads with, fold it in half and use 2-3 drops depending on how dirty it is. Let it absorb for a few seconds before swabbing the sensor as well.

These pads work just fine despite a camera store guy recommending against it because it "falls apart" according to him. I've used it, doesn't fall apart or leave lint from my use. I think that guy was just trying to push the 50 buck per 12 pack of sensor swabs. So sad.

Also, the biggest worry is scratching the sensor. I keep these pads sealed in it's bag and then put it in a zip lock bag on top of it. Keep these clean and don't touch the part that will contact the sensor with your hand or a table or what not. Also, what I do is get a vacuum cleaner and hover the hose in front of the sensor inlet. I'll then use a blower and first blow the cavity while the mirror is down, then I'll use mirror lock up and blow it some more while the shutter is still down, finally I'll open the shutter and blow the sensor. This (to me) ensures that no dust from the mirror box gets on the sensor and it sucks any dust on the sensor out. Just keep a safe distance from the camera body though because the suction can be strong and if it grabs the camera it could put to much strain on the mirror or shutter. A little note on scratches, you can actually have scratches on your sensor and as long as they're small, you'll never see them in pictures. You can see them if you use a microscope on the sensor though...but that's just excessive.
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