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Product Description

Sensor Swabs are designed for cleaning CCD chips and other delicate or hard to reach optical and imaging surfaces. Clean room manufactured and sealed, these swabs are the ultimate in purity. Works with the following cameras: Canon EOS 350D Canon EOS 10D Canon EOS 1D Mark III Canon EOS 20D Canon EOS 300D Canon EOS 30D Canon EOS 40D Canon EOS D30 Canon EOS D60 Canon Rebel Canon Rebel Xti Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Maxxum 7D 2 Nikon D1 Nikon D100 Nikon D1H Nikon D1X Nikon D200 Nikon D2H Nikon D2Hs Nikon D2X Nikon D40 Nikon D40X Nikon D50 Nikon D50s Nikon D70 Nikon D70s Nikon D80 Nikon D300 Olympus E300 Olympus E410 Olympus E510 Olympus E1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 Pentax *ist DL Pentax *ist DS Pentax *ist D Pentax K10D Pentax K100D Sony Alpha 100 Sony Alpha 700

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.4 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0001HMFIC
  • Item model number: PS0210
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 16, 2003

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Customer Reviews

This is *much* worse than the original dust that I had intended to remove.
Ryan Harvey
I have been using this swab for my D200, D300 with 1.5x sensor as well as my D3 with full frame sensor.
Edgar H. Tan, MD
No way I could be sending off my camera for cleaning every time I got too much dust on the sensor.
jciv

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Boyd on May 2, 2008
After having used a few bursts of air via a can of Beseler Duster to attempt to remove small but visible particles from my Nikon D70's sensor, I noticed that the spray of ice-cold air left a powdery residue on the sensor. After quickly wiping the excess off with a dry cotton swab (not recommended EVER), I then hastily took a few test shots to ensure that the camera was still okay. All seemed to be well, that is, until I shot some snowy scenes with lighter exposed areas. Upon close inspection, I noticed that each of those lighter exposed areas contained a very uneven and light pink wash. As you can imagine, I felt rather devastated thinking that I had ruined my D70's ability to take clear images. However, I then read an article in a photo magazine about cleaning digital camera sensors. The article's author reviewed and recommended Eclipse Swabs (sized per chart on their manufacturer's website) coupled with the appropriate accompanying optic cleaning solution - E2 for my specific camera sensor (also per that same chart). I should add that the article's author advised performing ANY sensor cleaning with caution and only per the letter of said manufacturer's instructions ("guaranteed" when used as directed). Not wanting to send my camera to an authorized Nikon dealer for cleaning and such (due to loss of time shooting and the expense of it all), I bit the bullet and tried Eclipse #2 Swabs and the E2 solution. The directions were clear to follow and the results were, well, even BETTER than advertised. Not only did swabbing my sensor completely clean off all visible dust and debris, it also removed the haze left by the Beseler Duster product (this latter benefit being a bonus for me since it surely was not claimed as such by the manufacturer).Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Harvey on August 23, 2010
I purchased the Sensor Swabs for my Canon 5D (I am posting this review across all sizes of the sensor swab to share the review).

Have a look at the image I posted in the amazon image gallery for this item. I used the swab to remove some dust spots from my sensor. On the left side of the picture, if you look closely you can see that the sensor left a liquid-looking residue all the way down the image, covering fully the leftmost 15% of the sensor/image.

This is *much* worse than the original dust that I had intended to remove. To try and fix the problem, I opened up another sensor swab and tried to re-clean the sensor, to no avail. I ended up having to take my camera to a professional shop and pay $65 to have the sensor professionally cleaned.

Lest you think I did something wrong, I thoroughly reviewed the Sensor Swab website and am certain that I picked out the correct swab for my particular camera -- and then I followed the directions precisely.

So, using the sensor swab to try and save some money ended up costing me two sensor swabs (you know what they cost) plus $65 for the professional cleaning. I would steer clear.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Dalessandro on January 9, 2007
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Read all about cleaning solutions for my camera. very please I chose this one...did the job perfectly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edgar H. Tan, MD on July 18, 2008
I have been using this swab for my D200, D300 with 1.5x sensor as well as my D3 with full frame sensor. I realized that this is a jack of all trades. The bigger sensor swab (type 3) for d3 just doesn't work (too tight) as well as this....this is one sensor swab that could work with either a full frame sensor or a 1.5x/1.6x sensors....

Update: April 2, 2010

I have since found other sensor cleaners that works just as well and is very economical. You might consider this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018KXPEO/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Check it out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Youngman on November 2, 2011
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Worked great. I had several spots on my pictures. First I made sure it was the sensor. Cleaned both front and back of the lens and even tried a second lens. Took pictures of the blue sky. Yep, it was my sensor. Next I tried using the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster (bulb type) cleaner. No go. So I decided to clean my own sensor. I must say for me it was a little scary cleaning the sensor. I wasn't sure just how sensitive or fragile a sensor is. But I just followed the directions and it worked great.

It's stated in the directions but to iterate, place a few drops of Eclipse solution (purchased separately) on the pad, apply slight pressure on the pad just enough to slightly bend the pads plastic shaft, drag it one way across the sensor, then reverse the pad (using the second side) and drag it in the opposite direction. NEVER use the same side of the pad twice. If it picks up dirt, you're just dragging the dirt across the sensor and the sensor could be damaged. So use one side then the other. If you missed anything use a second pad. In my case using one pad got 90% but I still had a small spot so I used a second pad. Took some test shots and 100% clean.

In my opinion you should always use the air bulb first. It is the safest method as nothing touches, it's just air. Then if you need to, use the pads. Also there are several sized of pads, get the correct one for your camera.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Hall on September 17, 2009
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After having almost destroyed my D300 sensor by using scotch tape and then a Q-Tip and lens cleaning fluid, I was ready to package my camera and send it off to Nikon USA for an expensive repair. So much for my Nikon D300 aftermarket manual's advice on cleaning sensors. Scotch tape DOES leave sticky residue and Q-Tips (even covered with lens tissue) leave a mess of cotton anf lens fiber. A test picture after the cleaning looked like a snow storm. I gambled $50 on the Sensor Swabs and E2 cleaning fluid.

The Sensor Swab is a 2 cent piece of plastic covered with lens tissue selling for $3/each, but it is exactly the right size for the sensor and leaves NO trace of fiber or streaks on the sensor. Similarly, the E2 cleaning solution leaves no residue on the sensor. With just one swab I was able to completely clean my sensor. There are some very helpful videos on YouTube that will show you exactly how to clean the sensor using the Sensor Swab and E2. I suggest you view it before beginning the process.

In summary, the markup on the Sensor Swab is unconscionable, but in comparison with the cost of sending the camera to Nikon, it was a real bargain and worked very well leaving no dust or other residue. If you have a DSLR you will eventually need to clean the sensor. Prepare yourself and best of luck.
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