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March 12, 2007

Finally A Safe Method for Digital Camera Sensor Dust Removal?

Call me timid or silly but I have never tried to clean my cameras' sensors myself. I try to change my lenses quickly to minimize dust infiltration but sometimes you just can't avoid it from happening.

While there is no shortage of vacuums, brushes, swabs, and other do it yourself toys, some of which are ridiculously priced, I've only used a Giotto Rocket Blower as it doesn't come into contact with the sensor. Whenever the blower has been unsuccessful in removing the dust I've sent the camera off to Nikon for a cleaning and checkup. This process takes a few weeks and it doesn't come cheap.

Enter the FireFly - Digital Sensor Cleaner. It combines a Giotto Rocket Blower with ionizing technology that acts as anti-static on the sensor and supposedly loosens dust particles from the sensor. I haven't seen this first hand but if it's actually capable of this it sounds like the first fool-proof method and maybe one worth trying. I'd like to hear what they're going to charge for it, also I'd like to hear from those in the know that the ions don't do any damage to the sensor or any of the electronics.

This is one to follow. What do you think?

Posted in Photography by usrbingeek at 2007-03-12 00:03 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink


I, too, am very interested in FireFly. Like you, I'm almost too careful when it comes to cleaning my camera's lenses or any other part of the camera. I've used various types of canned air (the same used for cleaning keyboards), but I know that that's not exactly the best, and it doesn't really do a good job. Giotto Rocket Blower is nice, but it's a bit pricey itself, and I don't even want to think about sending my camera off for cleaning! FireFly sounds really good, and the before and after pictures on the company's website look pretty convincing. Anyone out there have first-hand experience? I'd really like to know how well the product actually works and how well it cleans the camera before buying it myself.

Posted by: Digital Camera at May 23, 2007 10:50 PM

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