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How To Clean Your Sensor For Less Than $20

By Wendell Weithers on May 7th 2018

Anyone migrating to or adding a mirrorless system will be confronted by the reality that every lens change leaves your beloved sensor immediately and perilously exposed to the elements.

Buying a Panasonic GH5, a Fuji X-H1, or a Sony A7 III means that you no longer have a mirror as the first line of defense against an unseen horde of floating particle invaders seeking to ruin your images and strand you in front your computer screen cloning and healing them out. But fear not, the ever-informative Tony Northrup has some tips and accessories to help you avoid the frustration of a dozens or even hundreds of images ruined by a dirty sensor.

There are of course more conservative approaches to cleaning your sensor.

1. Send it to the manufacturer for a fee.
2. Built-in sensor cleaning in your camera’s menu.

But, if you want a more thorough and DIY method, take a look at the VSGO Camera cleaning kits. Apply their cleaning solution to their custom sized swabs to gently wipe your sensor of dust, pollen, spit, or whatever else you manage to get in there. The entire process is simple and clearly demonstrated in the less than six-minute video below.

M43 Sensors – $15.99

APS-C Sensors – $15.69

Full Frame Sensors – $18.99

Note: VSGO advises, as Tony notes, that their customers use their product in a more thorough fashion that Mr. Northrup displays in the video below.

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Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. lee christiansen

    I’ve tried a lot, (I mean a lot…) of cleaning solutions. The one I found to be reliably the best are the green swabs and cleaning solution from Visible Dust.  (After I’ve tried with their anti-static blower and brushes).

    I can usually get a sensor clean with just one attempt.  The solution also helps protect the sensor because it has a slight lubrication and the swabs are the best made (no fibres left behind and a useful shape).

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  2. Matt Owen

    I use a similar product from Photographic Solutions. I ended up using all four swabs on my first attempt to clean the sensor (it does take some practice), but it did get rid of all the spots.

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