Sensor cleaning is not a task for the light of heart, and for users there has never really been a risk-free option for this arduous procedure. Hard brushes and swabs risk scratching the sensor, while liquid swabs or other wet solutions cause their own problems. Luckily for you, a solution called the Sensor Gel Stick that camera manufacturers like Leica, Nikon, and Canon have been using in their cleaning labs for years is now available to everyone.
The idea here is simply to lightly dab the sticky gel on the image sensor, then lift away to remove tiny bits of dust and dirt. The best thing about it is that the gel is reusable by simply wiping it off with a piece of sticky paper. That said, users shouldn’t breathe easy, as touching anything else other than the sensor can cause a host of problems.
The Sensor Gel Stick is available at Photography Life for $40, with packs of companion sticky papers ringing up $13 a pop. If you want to see the sticky wicket in action, Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life got to take the gel stick for a spin and you can see him clean a camera after the break.
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