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I have a Rocket Blower, which to be honest, I seldom use. If I have to go through the procedure of getting the mirror locked up, I may as well use the Arctic Butterfly while I'm in there. I got mine as a free gift when I subscribed to Digital Photo mag a few years ago. I had some "baked on" dust a while back which I shifted using Cotton Buds with a drop of lens cleaner. Worked a treat, though the usual advice is to not do this as the cotton bud can leave fibres behind. I'm now wondering about making up a little cleaning pad using a squared off lollipop stick with a bit of a Baby Wipe attached. The cleaning power of Baby Wipes is amazing! I'll probably attract lots of flak for even suggesting this! Sensor cleaning is only scary when you haven't done it, though I had a stomach churning moment once when I thought I'd scraped the sensor with the brush of the Arctic Butterfly. What had actually happened was that I'd let the brush touch the side of the mirror compartment and picked up some grease, which got smeared across the sensor. That took about 20 passes to remove!
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I have successfully cleaned my camera sensor for 5 years now, using nothing more than one of my wife's clean make-up brushes. Care must be taken when doing so, not to contact the sensor with hard parts of the brush.
The Arctic Butterfly removes dust by virtue of the brush becoming charged with static electricity caused by the friction of the brush fibres spinning rapidly in the air. I've read of other small brushes being used successfully by holding them in the airstream from a hair drier. Have you tried this with your wife's make-up brush? (We're moving into dangerous territory here! I used to make my own spinning baits for Pike fishing. The finishing touch was to paint one side of them red, using my sister's nail varnish. Or at least it was, until she caught me!)
I have been using Digipads for many years now, £10 for 10 swabs with small bottle of fluid on Amazon, Bargain and really does work.
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