PhotoSol Sensor Swabs
Many benefits come with shooting with a digital camera - and there are also the down-sides to it. Cleaning a digital sensor probably being the #1 nightmare for most, especially if you don't really know what you are supposed to do, and how to do it correctly. It did not take long for me to find spots on my images taken with my first digital camera and retouching them all out became an ongoing nightmare. I quickly found out that I had two choices: either retouch every image or find out how to clean the sensor myself. And since I had heard that digital sensors are as sensitive as working with nitroglycerin, I was not in any hurry to be doing that. (I know how explosives work)
My first research into cleaning digital sensors only got me the basics of how it is done, and not how best to do it. To begin with no one told me that there are different size swabs for different size sensors, so I started out using swabs too small and had to make several passes across the surface. A no-no for several reasons. First, you do not want to use a swab more than once. Second, you do not want to make half passes across a sensor because it leaves streaks where they overlap. Third, more than one pass can pick up dirt on the first pass and then deposit it on the second pass, or even take that dirt and scratch the sensor on the second pass. Replacements are EXPENSIVE!