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Sensor Cleaning > Arctic Butterfly


zanzibarwinds 11 183 South Africa
13 Nov 2011 4:23PM
Hi

My sensor on my 500D is filthy after two years of solid use. I hear the arctic butterfly is well recommended for cleaning the sensor. Can I get anyones opinion on this?

Ta
John

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
13 Nov 2011 4:28PM
I have one John - and wouldn't be without it.
Graysta 9 1.1k England
13 Nov 2011 4:29PM
Used one for years. always seem's to do the job,if you buy the kit be carefull how you use the wet swabs.

Graham
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
13 Nov 2011 4:30PM
use mine before every shoot...

except the fun shoot in the lakes this weekend

which I regret as I've got loads of dust all over the shots...

arse
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
13 Nov 2011 4:38PM

Quote:arse


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CathyI e2
10 344 3 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2011 4:39PM
Bet you won't make that mistake again Ade! Wink

Arctic Butterfly gets my vote, too!
RogBrown 7 3.0k 10 England
13 Nov 2011 4:55PM
Get a Sony & you'll have no more dust problems. A bit dearer than the Arctic Butterfly though!
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
13 Nov 2011 5:01PM

Quote:Bet you won't make that mistake again Ade! Wink

Arctic Butterfly gets my vote, too!



YOu can bet I will!

thing is, had the butterfly in my bag all weekend.. just never got round to using it Sad
Eviscera e2
8 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2011 5:25PM
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7 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
13 Nov 2011 5:29PM
Artic Butterfly - gets my vote too - not sure you need to be quite as diligent as Ade - I would have thought every four weeks or so (once the little dust bunnies have had a chance to multiply!!) would be good.

It will of course wear away your sensor if you overuse it - NOT

Of course there is always Brillo as suggested by Eviscera above. Or wet and dry sandpaper at about grade 140 but clingfilm and swarfega do not work!!!
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
13 Nov 2011 5:36PM
depends how many times you change your lens really

I knew someone who bought 2 70D bodies so he'd not have to change lenses and avoid the dust problem all togheter

I change lenses constantly
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
13 Nov 2011 5:41PM

Quote:Get a Sony & you'll have no more dust problems.

Sad Not in my experience.

Also, in my experience the Arctic Butterfly was the worst purchase I have ever made... totally useless at performing the function it claims to do Sad

I know use VisibleDust swaps with their cleaning fluid.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
13 Nov 2011 5:44PM
They remove dust amazingly well - but anything "stuck" on there, or any greasey marks, then you need to wet swab the sensor

That's probably where you saw them fail - I did too, had to get the wet wipes out Wink

The are fantastic at what they claim to do Smile
Eviscera e2
8 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2011 5:51PM
Depends on the type of dust really.

When I was changing lenses on the beach the other day , it was mostly sand and stuff so a quick blast with an airblower was fine.

But then changing in the rain ,leaves dried out solubles so a quick baby wipe or cotton bud does the trick.
Smile
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2011 6:01PM
Get a magnifier / sensor loupe and you can clean your sensor with cotton buds, gentle brushes, blowers or whatever you like because you can actually see the dust and remove it and you'll only clean the sensor when it's dirty and only the part that's dirty.

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