Until I saw the Eyelead gel sensor cleaner, I never cleaned my camera sensor myself. I don’t know about you but I always preferred to have my camera sensor cleaned by a camera store rather than using the traditional wet sensor cleaning systems?

The only downside I found with that approach was that with the cost of having someone else clean my sensor for me – about £50 a go for a full frame camera, I tried to avoid getting any dust into my camera and held off as long as possible to get it cleaned.

Sensor cleaning set

One positive to that was I learned to use the spot healing brush and clone stamp tool in Photoshop but spent hours removing the dust spots from my pictures.

The Eyelead system consists of a stick with a square of soft gel on the end and sticky papers. The dirt on your sensor sticks to the gel and then you clean the gel on the sticky papers.

Gel cleaning tip

I’ve found this system to give better results than I ever had from paying for a camera store to clean my sensor and can’t recommend it enough; especially for the price.

The process I use is to first blow any dirt and debris out of the camera and off the mirror with a rocket blower. Then I lock the mirror up for cleaning and again give the sensor compartment a gentle blow out with the camera turned upside down. Next I place the camera on a desk with the sensor facing up and starting in one corner, dab the gel onto the sensor and move along, overlapping the area each time. After cleaning a row, I’ll clean the tip of the gel on the sticky paper and keep going like that until the entire sensor is cleaned. I’ll then give it a second pass without cleaning the gel, until I’m finished.

Cleaner and sticky papers

You do need to be careful and ensure that the Eyelead system is compatible with your camera. I’ve read some horror stories about people using it with certain Sony cameras and ruining the sensor.


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