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Anyone that shoots digital knows that it’s tough to keep your camera’s sensor dust-free, regardless of how careful you are with your equipment. There are numerous products for cleaning your sensor, but in doing so, you run the risk of doing permanent (or costly) damage that will not be covered by your camera’s manufacturer.

If you are worried about destroying your sensor, leave the cleaning to the professionals but if you are comfortable taking the liability of your camera’s sensor into your own hands proceed with care.

I decided it was time for me to take the risky leap, after researching all the ways people clean their sensors I felt comfortable with a few approaches. My carefully selected choices were, bulb blowing (not compressed air) which I had tried in the past with limited success, the Sensor Swab by Photographic Solutions, Inc. with their optic cleaning solution, and Visible Dust’s Artic Butterfly.

Using a bulb type blower to dislodge dust

Since I had tried the bulb-cleaning had helped but not solved my problem in the past, I knew I was going to need something more that would gently remove the dust, so I looked for a swab cleaning kit at my local photo shop. (More on these methods after the jump)