Forget the crappy, overpriced q-tips

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Rich, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    For your sensor or any lens, this stuff has been proven
    as the most effective lens cleaner ever devised.

    I've seen tests done with it on astronomical optics
    and it removes particles down to 10x smaller than
    liquid cleaning can achieve.
    Rich, Sep 17, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Let us know when you've actually tried it on your own hardware.
    Ed Ruf, Sep 17, 2005
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  3. A $ 10.00 nylon makeup brush works just fine for me.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Sep 17, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    Call Zeiss or Oriel (lens makers) they've used it.
    Rich, Sep 17, 2005
  5. I have this product and it IS good *however* you must be very careful not to
    paint the stuff on too close to the edge of the lens. It can be difficult to
    remove...the do warn you about this, but as you apply it to the lens with a
    nail polish type brush it's easy to do.

    As for results...they are very very good. Removed a very stubborn smudge
    from my video camera lens that would not budge with normal cleaning..
    Steve Franklin, Sep 17, 2005
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    dylan Guest

    It doesn't actually say it's for CCD/CMOS sensors.
    How does it 'protect' if there is no residue ?
    dylan, Sep 17, 2005
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    Jer Guest

    "The coated surface can be left with the protective layer for many
    months - until the optics is required for use."
    Jer, Sep 17, 2005
  8. Rich

    Rich Guest

    The front of the sensor is just coated crown glass, like most
    front lens elements. There is no residue, the coating is
    like using cosmoline on a rifle you might want to store; Leave it
    on until you need it off.
    Rich, Sep 17, 2005
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    Charlie Self Guest

    No thanks. I had my first run in with cosmoline in 1958, and I've been
    removing its residue from guns and tools ever since. Cosmoline leaves a
    distinct, and difficult to remove, residue.
    Charlie Self, Sep 17, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    For dust yes / for smudges, no.
    Alan Browne, Sep 17, 2005
  11. It has to be difficult to smudge a sensor, what would explain that
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Sep 17, 2005
  12. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Some people have been mentioning stuff turning up
    on their sensors that could be some kind of lubricant from
    the lenses they are using. They can't figure out how else
    something sticky could have gotten on the sensor.
    Rich, Sep 18, 2005
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    A $10.00 nylon makeup brush which has not been properly cleaned
    beforehand to remove the natural oils. :)

    DoN. Nichols, Sep 18, 2005
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    Larry Lynch Guest

    In a nylon brush t would be sizing, not oils... Nylon doesnt have any
    natural oils, that would be a Sable brush.
    Larry Lynch, Sep 18, 2005
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    nv Guest

    Interesting, but how would you peel it off a sensor buried deep inside the
    throat of a dslr, without leaving finger prints/smudges?
    nv, Sep 18, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    A nylon brush can pick up all manner of crap and then apply it in subtle
    brush strokes to the sensor...
    Alan Browne, Sep 18, 2005
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    Charlie Self Guest

    Obviously, any brush used needs to be washed before the first use--I
    did mine twice--and should be kept clean, and washed at intervals. I
    store mine in the plastic sleeve it was sold in. So far, no problems
    with "left behinds". The first step when using the brush is to use
    canned air to charge the brush, which also blows out any retained dust
    from storage or previous use.
    Charlie Self, Sep 18, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    OptiClean is *fantastic* for cleaning lenses. Whether you are trying
    to remove dust, grit or grease it does the job very efficiently. It
    is often the best way of cleaning rear elements of lenses where they
    are difficult to reach. My only complaint is that there is always a
    lot of the fluid left over when you run out of the tabs, but that's
    probably because most of my lenses have relatively small elements. In
    any case, I just carefully remove the tabs from the gel and store them
    for later re-use. You can buy extra tabs too, but they are not cheap.

    However, I would be extremely cautious about using it on a DSLR
    sensor. The gel may well have been derived from a substance that was
    originally used to clean silicon wafers, but that doesn't mean that
    the current product is optimal for cleaning DSLR sensors. It is one
    thing for a vendor to recommend it, but the manufacturer designed it
    for cleaning lenses and that is what it is for. Only stretching the
    imagination (in this case by a vendor) makes it appear appropriate for
    DSLR sensor cleaning.

    From a commercial point of view, I would like to be sure that I had a
    statement of suitability for purpose, so in extremis I could sue
    someone for damages should something go wrong. In the absence of any
    such statement from the manufacturer of OptiClean about the product's
    suitability for sensor cleaning, I believe that use should be avoided.

    A search of the manufacturer's web site produced no instances of the
    words "sensor", "sensors", "digital" or "DSLR". Go figure. ;-)
    Tony Polson, Sep 18, 2005
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    nv Guest


    But you would not be applying it directly onto a sensor. Aren't they all
    protected/covered with a vitrous layer or screen of some description?

    nv, Sep 18, 2005
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    Robert Brace Guest

    Pollen carries all manner of dust fragments, etc with it and invariably
    leaves behind a residue when you use a brush for removal. The residue,
    normally, cannot be removed with a brush and subsequent attempts at removal
    with a brush will result in smears. Further measures are then necessary to
    remove the smears.
    This procedure will vary, of course, depending on the level of pollen in the
    air at the time lenses are changed, etc and how well you clean the brush
    after previous uses.
    Robert Brace, Sep 18, 2005
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