How to clean your sensor? Get the best tools for the job is the start. After several decades in the photographic industry cleaning sensors ourselves we feel confident that our selected camera sensor cleaning products are the best available. We have combined the best on the photographic market to make the best kit. All items are also available individually.
Dust-Aid Platinum Sensor Cleaning Kit
We regard Dust-Aid Platinum, when used prior to a wet clean to be the safest and most effective technique for removing dust from the sensor in a modern Digital SLR.
Dust-Aid Platinum is a second-generation cleaning tool for removing dry dust-particles from DSLR sensors. The specially engineered cleaning silicone used in the new Platinum DSLR Cleaner makes it perfectly safe to use on any sensor filter. No more dragging dry brushes and their accumulated dust across the sensor filter, which can lead to scratching and smearing. Now, just press and lift a couple of times and you’re done!
Dust-Aid Platinum has been tested on all sensor types including those cameras with internal self-cleaning mechanisms. It is also safe to use on coated and uncoated sensor filters.
Weighing around 30grams the dust aid kit is small, light and travel friendly.
A key feature with the new Platinum cleaner is its ability to have it’s cleaning silicone repeatedly cleaned free of accumulated dust and fibres. This means that you could have a lifetime of use out of the Platinum cleaner. The Platinum cleaner comes with 6 silicone cleaning applications and with the purchase of additional cleaning strips the life span of the Platinum could be extended indefinitely.
PLEASE NOTE: The cleaning adhesive used to clean the Platinum silicone has been developed and tested not to transfer any of the adhesive to the silicone.
Dust-Aid Platinum is designed to remove dry dust particles only. Any contamination remaining should be removed by a wet cleaning system such as the Dust-Aid Dust-Wand Kit or Swabs and Fluid.
It is important that all dry dust is removed from the sensor filter prior to using any wet cleaning method.
- Many photographers use rubber bulb blowers to clean their sensors, while this is a quick and often effective technique, it usually will not remove all the dust from the camera, while occasionally a blower can actually blow more dust onto the sensor.
- Of course, dust that remains inside the camera body can easily re-contaminate the sensor, regardless of lens changing activities. The great feature of Dust-Aid™ is that it gently lifts the contamination off the sensor and out of the camera. And, unlike many swab and brush based products, nothing is rubbed along the sensor surface, eliminating the risk of scratching.
- There are no liquids to buy and no brushes to clean. Dust-Aid™ wont cause problems with airline security either.
- Finally, its small form factor makes it easy to fit inside the smallest of gadget bags, which means that now there’s no excuse for a dirty sensor wherever you are!
For further information on how to clean your sensor then ready our main Sensor Cleaning page as a guide
If you are feeling unsure of cleaning your own sensor we regularly run a How To Clean Your Sensor – Workshop which will leave you confident. It is both technical and practical. Half the course is given over to practise cleaning a sensor on a demo model.