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Good day all,

I am going to be cleaning my camera for the very first time and I am definitely nervous. What sensor cleaning swab and blow kits do you guys reccomend? Thanks!
 

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Big air blower, and I bought some swabs specifically FF sensor sized from Amazon. I never use the cleaning solution that comes with them though. There are several brands but they all look the same.
 

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I have a few items for sensor cleaning. First, I use Giotto blower. Second, I met, and bought from Curt Fargo, who co-taught one of the workshops I was on. He owns a company that provides sensor cleaning supplies. Here is his website: https://www.curtfargo.com/. Click on sensor cleaning. I only bought a loupe and a brush to clean my sensor. I do have a wet kit as well, but I have only had to use it 1-2 times. Normally it is just dust, and the blower and brush do a great job. There are also a number of articles on his site on how to do the cleanings. Once you do it 1-2 times, it is really easy. I hope that this helps.
 

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I bought swabs from Amazon and agree the first time I was nervous as hell but I've always thought if a person can do this and I'm a person then 'crack on'! Now after 3 cameras I'm fully comfortable with the process and don't worry in the slightest. It's become my standard maintenance.
 

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After over two years of use my sensor was a bit grubby to say the least but I was nervous about cleaning it. I bought the VGSO fully frame swabs and the Giotto rocket blower. First user was never wracking, it took 3 wet swabs to clean the sensor but they worked a treat. It’s really not difficult at all, just follow the instructions and your done 👍🏻
 

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I agree with what everyone else said. It is easy to do. Biggest suggestion is to clean it somewhere where the dust is low. Take your time and don’t reuse your swabs, especially if the sensor is quite grubby. You don’t want to scratch it.
 

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Thanks for the additional link for lens rentals. It is always good to see more info on this.
 
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Thank you Ziggy for the link. I´ve neer tried to do it myself. Really affraid. But as Drewid says: if a person can do it.........
 

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Cool. If you follow the steps you may not need to do surgery, and don't forget on most sensors you're not even touching the sensor.
 
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I use an artic butterfly on my sensors but that is fine unless its really stuck on
 

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Good day all,

I am going to be cleaning my camera for the very first time and I am definitely nervous. What sensor cleaning swab and blow kits do you guys reccomend? Thanks!
I agree with everyone’s suggestions. First think I do is use the automatic cleaning mode by the camera, then an airblower. If absolutely necessary I swab it
 

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How I blow dust out off the sensor:
  • on a tripod
  • without lens
  • pointed at a remote small light
  • turned on
  • focus peaking to red/max
Then I zoom 100% and go over the whole sensor to find what needs to be cleaned. Any dust will light up like a Christmas tree ...
 
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First I use the in camera dust removal tool but from experience this rarely seems to work, then a rocket blower, this seems to work most of the time. If the dust persists I use an arctic butterfly brush, which is very effective. I did wet clean a sensor on a dslr a few years ago but was very nervous of causing damage but it was ok.
 

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First I use the in camera dust removal tool but from experience this rarely seems to work, then a rocket blower, this seems to work most of the time. If the dust persists I use an arctic butterfly brush, which is very effective. I did wet clean a sensor on a dslr a few years ago but was very nervous of causing damage but it was ok.
HI thanks for in put I guess I will do the a7iii or a99ii and then the a9
 

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I have a few items for sensor cleaning. First, I use Giotto blower. Second, I met, and bought from Curt Fargo, who co-taught one of the workshops I was on. He owns a company that provides sensor cleaning supplies. Here is his website: https://www.curtfargo.com/. Click on sensor cleaning. I only bought a loupe and a brush to clean my sensor. I do have a wet kit as well, but I have only had to use it 1-2 times. Normally it is just dust, and the blower and brush do a great job. There are also a number of articles on his site on how to do the cleanings. Once you do it 1-2 times, it is really easy. I hope that this helps.
thanks thats a good link and read
 

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