Delkin Sensor Scope Sensor Cleaner

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by C J Campbell, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. C J Campbell

    C J Campbell Guest

    We spent a week in Sedona and unfortunately I began noticing a lot of dust
    build-up on my sensor, so I decided to give Delkin's Sensor Scope a try.
    Before this, I simply used the Copper Hill method of sensor cleaning.

    The Sensor Scope comes in a foam filled case and consists of a lighted
    'scope,' (really, a modified jeweler's loupe), a tiny vacuum cleaner with
    brushes on the end, and some flexible sensor cleaning swabs. The vacuum
    cleaner can be powered by the USB port on any computer or it has its own
    battery pack. It also has a light to see the sensor with. Instructions for
    most popular DSLRs are included, with notes for DSLRs with self-cleaning

    The scope sits down on the lens mount with a rubber washer. The scope was
    handy -- it makes any dust on the sensor extremely visible. The vacuum
    cleaner removed a small amount of it, but the rest was stuck there pretty
    good. The swabs and included fluid removed the remaining particles and spots
    in a few minutes.

    I found the scope somewhat awkward to use. There is a button on the side for
    the light and you have to hold it to keep the light on. This is while
    steadying the camera with one hand, using the other to hold the scope and
    squeeze the button, and look through the scope. I didn't like it.
    Nevertheless, it does show the dust very well, as well as any streaks left by
    the cleaning process, etc.

    The vacuum cleaner has a light which makes it easier to see what you are
    doing, but I really could not tell that it was doing any good at all. At
    best, the little brushes on the tip managed to pick up a few specks.

    There was nothing special about the flexible swabs; they are the same swabs
    sold in almost every other sensor cleaning kit. I do not think the fluid was
    as effective as Eclipse, but it did seem to leave fewer streaks.

    Overall, I think the scope is a useful tool, the vacuum cleaner less so. You
    really get the kit for the scope, but I think you could accomplish the same
    thing with a jeweler's loupe.
    C J Campbell, Mar 6, 2007
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  2. What a waste of time! This is what the pros use.

    I'm sending the 5D off to get drilled and ported so I can hook this system
    up to it using titanium fittings.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Mar 6, 2007
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  3. C J Campbell

    Celcius Guest

    Rita ,
    This isn't original anymore. I've seen it ad nauseam.
    Surely you can do better than that ;-)
    Celcius, Mar 7, 2007
  4. Judging by the overwhelming high amount of hits it gets daily the audience
    totally disagrees with you.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Mar 7, 2007
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