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Sensor Brush Artic Butterfly

MikeA 13 1.3k England
8 Apr 2006 5:27AM
Has anyone got / used one of these and is it any good?


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Doclassie 13 1.1k England
13 Dec 2006 8:31AM
I've just ordered one so will let you know
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Dec 2006 8:34AM
Been using one for a while now.

Marvellous bit of kit.
Doclassie 13 1.1k England
13 Dec 2006 8:38AM
Ha! I've just been searching old threads about them and in one of them you're adamant you will only use Eclipse and won't trust the brush! ;O)

I'm glad to see you're a convert. I was slightly worred after reading your reply. Now I feel reassured again.

I'm looking forward to using it. I find eclipse to be good, but stressfull and prone to leaving fibres behind...... I'm off on a 3 week holiday so want a clean sensor, but not the stress of seeing a feckin pec pad fibre in my favourite shots (which is what usually happens a few days after a wet clean.)
JohnHorne 13 1.0k
13 Dec 2006 8:40AM
There's a positive review of these here .
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Dec 2006 8:43AM
I think you'll find that thread was very, very Pre-Butterfly and when the brushes were new..and untried on the market. In fact a different product altogether.

There was also a time when the pads never ever left fibres behind and were, as they stated, lint free but I agree that this has changed in the last 12 months.

I would say who recommended the butterfly to me but I don't want to start another thread about Cockney Wildlife photographers.
Doclassie 13 1.1k England
13 Dec 2006 8:43AM
Aah.... thats not what I've ordered..... I've ordered the one that needs canned air to charge it...

Presumably just as good, right? just not as convenient?
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Dec 2006 8:46AM
JohnHorne 13 1.0k
13 Dec 2006 8:47AM
Keith - do you primarily use the butterfly, or do you use it in conjunction with something else ?
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Dec 2006 8:50AM
I'm trialling some other products right now but since buying the butterfly I've used nothing else and spent less time cleaning with much longer gaps inbetween.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
13 Dec 2006 8:50AM
Been using one for about 6 months, but only needed to actually use it a couple of times.

Great to keep in the kit bag when travelling for a weekend rather than the whole swab and fluid set. Did also previously try the brush where you needed the canned air, but again not so good for travelling.
Doclassie 13 1.1k England
13 Dec 2006 8:54AM
Thanks keith

I've re-ordered and got the artic butterfly (there's two types available, I got the slightly more expensive, more powerful version.)

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2006 8:55AM
I haven't got the butterfly but find that the brushes charge/clean okay with a few blasts from a Giotto Rocket. I think I may have been the first to suggest that using the Sensor Brush seemed to result in longer dust free periods, I put it down to a lessening of the static charge which attracts the dust in the first place.

I have never used anything wet or sticky inside my cameras and don't intend to if I can possibly help it.

Doclassie 13 1.1k England
13 Dec 2006 8:58AM

I've tried quite a few methods, including the green clean mini hoover thing and the sticky intemos sticks..... I found them to cause more problems than they solved. Very frustrating. The guys at work use eclipse and pec pads to clean the SLRs they use for animation so have always used the same based on their reccomendations. Although they do eventually get the sensor clean, its way too stressful as th sensor often gets muckier before it gets cleaner....

Anyways, I'm glad the butterfly has got so much positive feedback. I'm glad I bought it now :O)
JohnHorne 13 1.0k
13 Dec 2006 9:00AM
Keith (and others) - thanks for the comments.

Andrew - you've gone for the model 724 at 69.99 from the ePz shop ?

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