Using the Eyelead Gel Sensor Stick for cleaning the camera sensor
A New and Better way to clean your Camera Sensor
For many years, I used the Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly Sensor Cleaning Kit for getting dust off my camera sensor. This worked well, too a degree. I tried not to change my lens too much in the field if I could help it. However, I found after several trips out west to the Utah desert, I would come back with some dust spots on my sensor that I could not remove even with the wet swabs from Visible Dust. To use Visible Dust, you first use the statically charged brush to wipe your sensor. If this does not work, you resort to the wet swabs. Often, I would use two or three swabs trying to get the sensor clean. When I could not get the sensor clean, I would then pack up my camera and send it in to the manufacturer for cleaning. The downsides to this are obvious. If you have only one camera body, then you are without your camera for an extended period of time. You have to package up your camera safely for shipping- always a hassle. You have shipping fees and insurance. And finally, you have the cost of the cleaning from the manufacturer. This becomes a time consuming hassle. Then, in my internet reading, I came across a newer way of cleaning the camera sensor- the Eyelead Gel Sensor
The Eyelead Gel Sensor uses a simple gel stick to remove the dust. According to the documentation, this is what the technicians use when you send your camera back to the manufacturer for cleaning. The process for cleaning your sensor is simple, straight forward, quick- and hassle free.
In my Nikon Cameras, I make sure I have a full camera battery installed and then go into the “Setup” menu and then over to “Lock sensor up for cleaning”. If your battery is not charged enough for cleaning, the option for locking up the mirror will be grayed out. From this point on, do not turn your camera off until the cleaning is done,which takes only a minute or so. Very fast.
To clean the sensor take the gel stick, with the mirror in lock position, and go across your sensor in a left to right and pattern until the whole sensor is cleaned. Then use the provided cleaning pads to clean the gel stick. As per instructions, the gel cleaning pad can be used many, many times with no adverse cleaning affects.
Once cleaned, turn off your camera and you are done. It will take you way less time to clean your sensor than it did to read this article. I am not sure I will use my Arctic Butterfly brush in the future as this process seems much quicker,easier and cheaper.
Here is a link to a you tube video that demonstrates the cleaning process: Eyelead Gel Cleaning Video