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Sensor Dust Problems? Give This Camera Mounted Vaccum A Try…

By Anthony Thurston on August 11th 2014

Sensor dust is just part of the territory with interchangeable lens cameras – it’s going to happen despite your best efforts. Luckily, cleaning it out is not really a problem, if you know what you are doing.


For some reason, many photographers are scared to do anything anywhere near their sensor. Yes, it is sensitive and you need to be careful, but cleaning out dust is not going to ruin your sensor if you do it right. That said, this hilarious new accessory may make it easier than ever for those of you who are wary of cleaning your camera.


Chinese manufacturer Nisshin Seiko has a new Canon mount vacuum cleaner designed to suck all of the dirt and dust out of your camera. Just attach the vacuum accessory to the camera like you would with any Canon lens, and turn it on. It even has a nice red ring for all of you “L” lens lovers.

Sadly, or maybe luckily, they are currently only available in Canon styling and EF mount, but who knows? Maybe we will see a Nikon mount in the future.

I never thought I would need to vacuum my camera, or that I would need to do so in stealth with a vacuum that looks like a lens. But what do I know? Maybe this is the best way to ever clean out your Canon camera…


What are your thoughts on this accessory? Would you trust a vacuum like this to clean out your camera without causing any damage? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Watch]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Aidyn Chen

    I guess this item suck and doesn’t blow.m

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  2. Tim Broadbent

    Looks good ! BUT, have you used it ?? I read and re read the article, you said it’s a good idear and how it ( should ) , work but did it, or dose it ?

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  3. Eric Sharpe

    This is one of those novelty things, that I would give a shot, at least once…

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  4. Dave Lyons

    all its going to do is move the dust around and dislodge the dust thats loose.. spin it around then drop it down onto the sensor. The usual sensor trouble makers are stuck on the sensor and this does nothing for that. Thank god its just for canon but I didn’t realize most canons had enough resolution to actually show sensor dust ;)~ jkkkkkkk

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  5. Rafael Steffen

    Only time will tell how usefull this tool for cleaning camera bodys will work.

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  6. Matt Walsh

    Something tells me this is going to ruin some poor guys camera when he forgets to empty it and it spits a ton of dust back into his camera.

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  7. Tom Marvel

    It’s looks just like a 85 1.2
    I could of saved a boat load of money & bought this instead

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  8. Tom Marvel

    It’s looks so just like a 85 1.2
    I could of saved a boat load of money & bought this instead

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  9. Herm Tjioe

    This could provide the cooling when shooting video, rather than using dust remover propellant.

    SLR lounge should test this and quantify its effectiveness at removing dusts and particles.

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