Forget intrepid treks across dangerous mountains, or coming face-to-face with wild polar bears – if you want to make a photographer sweat, just ask them to clean their sensor. Despite it being an essential part of retaining the best image quality possible from your camera, many photographers can't help but either put it off entirely (thank you Spot Healing Brush!) or pay over the odds for a sensor cleaning service.
However, Just dropped into The Photography Show's Burst Mode studio to show us just how easy it actually is to clean your camera's sensor – and they brought some snazzy new kit along that makes it even simpler.
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The Dust-Aid Platinum Light Wand Kit is perfect for removing dry, loose dust particles from camera sensors. Having been tested on all sensor types, including cameras with self-cleaning mechanisms, Just has assured its customers that the Light Wand is safe to use on any sensor, including both coated and uncoated.
Each sensor cleaning kit comes with a wand with a silicone pad at one end and six cleaning strips. As demonstrated in the video above, all you have to do is peel the backing paper off one of the cleaning strips and then press the silicone pad onto it to ensure that there isn't any residual dust on the pad.
Then, once you're happy that it's clean, you can use it on your camera sensor. Whereas past kits simply had an ordinary silicone pad, the Dust-Aid Platinum Light Wand also comes complete with a built-in light that illuminates the sensor to help you see exactly what you're doing.
To clean your sensor, simply gently press the pad down on the sensor and lift. Avoid rubbing the pad, as this could cause dust particles to be dragged across the sensor, which could harm the low-pass filter that sits on top of most sensors.
To find out more information, watch the video above or check out Just's Camera Clean website.