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  • Clean your camera's sensor
  • Special material will not scratch or mar the sensor, if used as directed
  • Clean room manufactured and sealed
  • Requires Eclipse cleaning solution
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches ; 1.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000F6VRJC
  • Item model number: SS-120
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Sensor SwabsTM 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. Although these items are not officially approved by Nikon or Canon, several digital imaging site message boards have threads discussing the need for cleaning these cameras, and the success with using these products. Do so at your own risk. Read all instruction first and call us if you have questions - before proceeding. When used as directed these products are easy to use and safe and yield excellent results! For Detailed Use instructions go to www.photosol.com

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Customer Reviews

To clean a camera sensor properly, you end up using 2 swabs.
Marcos Shih
While you may get the dirt off of the sensor, pieces of lint will often end up in the box where the sensor is if you try to get all the way to the edge of the sensor.
Adam F. Jewell
I noticed spots whenever an image had large amounts of sky or light areas.
Sportsharks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By I. Baldine on July 16, 2011
The only thing I have found that actually *removes* dust rather than blowing it around the mirror box just to settle back on the sensor. Find a clean place to work. Take a deep breath, follow the instructions, don't over-wet the pad. Don't press too hard, however the handle should be flexing a little while you're squeegeeing the glass covering the sensor. Use another pad if the first one doesn't do it. Yes they're not cheap, but compared to a new sensor or camera it's a bargain.

I use this together with a spec grabber from Kinetronics. Usually if one or two dust specs settle on the surface after you make a pass - you can pick them up with a spec grabber. Don't waste the swabs to do that - they are for the stuck-on gunk.

Used pads can be re-cycled (with caution! - keep them clean) to clean less sensitive areas like the mirror. If you absolutely must, you can reuse them on the sensor but (a) do not re-use the first one - it probably has all the dirt on it and you risk dragging that across the glass and potentially scratching it and (b) do not over-wet the second time, since it likely still has some fluid on it: eclipse evaporates quickly, but you don't want actual droplets on the surface.

Regarding other reviews that claim it leaves the sensor dirtier - it can happen if you are cleaning for the first time and are not pressing it firmly against the surface. There really are only two tricks: (1) applying the right amount of fluid (enough to soften the gunk, not too much to leave droplets) and to do it in just two motions, edge to edge and back. If you lift in the middle (even one side), you will leave streaks or dirt. It can also happen if you're working in a dusty environment. After owning my camera for two years and cleaning it for the first time I had to use 5 (!) pads. That was through a combination of beginner's errors and a very dirty sensor glass that has never been cleaned.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edgar H. Tan, MD on February 16, 2008
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I have been having a hard time convincing myself to clean my sensor and I finally did it. I tried it for on my Nikon D300 when I noticed some dust on the sensor....after one swipe I got rid of the dust that boosted my confidence. I went to check my other body Nikon D200 and there was also some dust on it....I honestly found it to be a bit expensive to use a new swab so I just tried to reuse the swab and got my D200 sensor cleaned as well.....I guess this thing can be reused at your own risk...what's the risk? well just getting more dust but then again you can always use a new one if this happens....so I guess you may opt to reuse and if it doesn't get the job done get a fresh swab and swipe it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John J. Cho on March 8, 2007
PROS: rocket blowers will remove light dust, but when you've got gunk you'll eventually need to use a sensor swab. Researched 3 other different swabs,much cheaper than Eclipes, but Eclipes was outright the best. Highly recommended but expensive slr cameras..

CONS: EXPENSIVE, EXPENSIVE, EXPENSIVE!!! You can only use the swabs once, but i've used one twice cause they're just to darn expensive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcos Shih on March 14, 2013
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The swab is essentially a piece of cleaning tissue wrapped on a plastic stick, held together with a rubber band. To clean a camera sensor properly, you end up using 2 swabs. One for the wet application and the other to dry and finish. That's $3 per swab, $6 to clean a sensor. That adds up over time. If the quality of the build wasn't so cheap, I would have given it more stars. A tissue with a rubber band, REALLY???!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Alsip on October 13, 2009
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I appreciate that building anything in a clean-room environment will drive up the costs but I'm not sure I got a good return on my money. The one thing I liked is that the size of the plastic blade perfectly matches the size of the chip in my Nikon D70s so with careful placement I could drag across the sensor & be sure I touched everything in one pass.

If I was better with tools, I could have fashioned the same thing out of a plastic knife that you'd find in fast food restaurants. In all honesty, that's pretty much what these things look like. The problem of course is getting the size right, and that last thing you want to do is touch your sensor any more than absolutely necessary.

The construction was, IMHO, a bit shoddy-looking: a piece of lint-free cloth folded over the flat blade of the swab and held on by a small rubber band looped around the neck of the swab's shaft. To be fair, that was all that was needed for a use-and-throw-away tool.

Rather than buy another set for future cleanings, I saved the used swab and rubber bands, throwing away only the lint-free fabric. I'll replace that with a fresh piece of lint-free material and see how that works. Because the swab is moistened with a cleaning solution before each drag across the sensor, I don't see myself leaving behind a lot of gunk from the cloth, especially with the other tool I bought -- a Promaster CCD/CMOS sensor cleaning tool, which is PHENOMENAL at removing any loose particles on the sensor.

To summarize, the swab/cleaning solution approach is intended to remove stubborn, "baked on" particles. If you don't have those, go with the Promaster tool instead. If you do need swabs, there may be a less expensive alternative.
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