A couple of months ago I wrote about a sensor cleaning liquid and wand product made by Dust-Aid. I really like the wands, they made it easy to get the moist swaps into the champer and allowed me to reach the corners of the sensor. But the real benefit to me was the fact this liquid could be shipped via air to places like Alaska.
Well I just tried another product that works even better! In fact, I was able to clean my sensor with just one try in just a matter of minutes!
I had been dreading the cleaning because my sensor was pretty dirty – a month in the desert will do that, especially after driving around in a jeep with the top off! My sensor even had one of those dreaded dust snakes that managed to appear in the sky in many of my photos!
The product I tried is also made by Dust-Aid, it is called the Dust-Aid Platinum. If you follow the link to the Dust-Aid website, you will see photos and videos of the product in use, this will give you a pretty good feel for how it works. It is basically a small plastic flag with a little square base. On that base is a special slightly tacky silicone. You take the flag and dab the base on the different parts of the sensor – this process picks up the dust off the sensor. Included with the kit is a couple of strips of sterilized tape – you use this tape to clean the dust off the silicon on the bottom of the flag so that the flag can be used over and over.
Make sure you keep the bottom of the flag perfectly clean – don’t touch it or set it down on a table, – keep it in it’s nice little red plastic box carrier. Keeping your cleaning supplies clean is imparative, otherwise you just transfer dust back and forth.
This product has a number of advantages. It comes in a very small, light weight container that is easy to travel with and legal to ship via air. Heck, it is so small and light that I can now just leave it in my camera bag. In addition, this product is easy to use, but most importantly it really works! I expected it would take at least a couple of attempts, but my sensor was literally clean after just one use!
I’m am still glad I have the Dust-Aid wand kit – I think it may come in handy when you come across one of those really stuburn, welded on pieces of dust. Dust-Aid sells a kit that includes both the Wand Kit and the Platinum, then you are completely covered for whatever you might find on your sensor.