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by Ed Okie on Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:35 pm
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Sony a7RIII sensor cleaning:  a search on NatureScapes forum pages reveals no new commentary on the Sony-specific "Sensor Gel Stick" in the past year.
   NatureScape's store doesn't carry the product.
   Specific Sony cameras allegedly require different Gel Stick types.
   PhotographyLife website is allegedly the exclusive provider (the product is made in Germany), but it's continually listed as "out of stock." No response from the PL store as to availability. Nor does the site itself seem to function properly when registering a new account. 
   Sony's infamous 400 page manual, sensor cleaning, is useless ("blow the dust out," which doesn't do the job. Likewise the camera's built-in sensor-shaker doesn't clear the dust after a dozen attempts.
   Anyone with sensor-cleaning product suggestions specific to the a7RIII?
 

by Jeff Pearl on Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:54 pm
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Not sure if this will help with what you are searching for? I thought I remember gel sticks being mentioned not too long ago?

https://www.naturescapes.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=277976&hilit=cleaning+sensor
 

by Mike in O on Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:27 pm
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Just do a wet clean with eclipse...the orange gel stick for Sony has had mixed reviews.  There seems to be a lot of counterfeit gel sticks which can skewer the results.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:14 pm
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In the USA, only get the gelstik from Photography Life - anything else could be counterfeit. And if Sony or Fuji, only get the orange one made for Sony.

A less intrusive contact cleaner would be the DustAid Platinum which has no risk of leaving sticky stuff behind.

No matter what the method, if you are using a Sony camera with IBIS, make sure you first do a internal sensor clean from the menu, then turn off the camera and then do the clean. You MUST do this to lock the sensor in place and not risk damaging the IBIS mechanism.
 

by Arnie Berger on Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:30 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
No matter what the method, if you are using a Sony camera with IBIS, make sure you first do a internal sensor clean from the menu, then turn off the camera and then do the clean.  You MUST do this to lock the sensor in place and not risk damaging the IBIS mechanism.


E.J. after doing the internal sensor cleaning, I thought I read that you leave the camera on.  Is that correct?
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by E.J. Peiker on Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:14 pm
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Arnie Berger wrote:
E.J. Peiker wrote:
No matter what the method, if you are using a Sony camera with IBIS, make sure you first do a internal sensor clean from the menu, then turn off the camera and then do the clean.  You MUST do this to lock the sensor in place and not risk damaging the IBIS mechanism.


E.J. after doing the internal sensor cleaning, I thought I read that you leave the camera on.  Is that correct?
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You can do that but I recommend against it because that leaves the sensor charged which attracts dust.  The sensor stays locked until you power the camera up again.  It even says to turn it off on the rear LCD.
 

by mikeojohnson on Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:02 am
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Arnie Berger wrote:
E.J. Peiker wrote:
No matter what the method, if you are using a Sony camera with IBIS, make sure you first do a internal sensor clean from the menu, then turn off the camera and then do the clean.  You MUST do this to lock the sensor in place and not risk damaging the IBIS mechanism.


E.J. after doing the internal sensor cleaning, I thought I read that you leave the camera on.  Is that correct?
Thanks
Arnie


You can do that but I recommend against it because that leaves the sensor charged which attracts dust.  The sensor stays locked until you power the camera up again.  It even says to turn it off on the rear LCD.



EJ, do you still recommend the gel stick method?
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by E.J. Peiker on Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:06 am
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I like the gel stick method but it is not for the faint of heart as it takes quite a tug, especially with the blue gel stick for non Sony/Fuji camera, to get the stick off of the sensor. I had grown more and more wary of this method until I watched a video on how Leica cleans sensors at the factory and what they use is a very aggressive application of a gel stick. However, for a similar but much gentler method, the DustAid Platinum just feels like a safer way to go with no chance of leaving any gel behind on the sensor.
 

by signgrap on Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:31 am
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E.J., I did a search for Dust-Aid Platinum on Adorama- did not carry, BH no longer carry, then on Amazon and found it but the reviews were mixed with some saying that it left a film on the sensor (I'm always a little nervous about Amazon because of the number of counterfit items they carry).
Then I went on the http://dust-aid.com/ and couldn't find Dust-Aid Platinum.
Are they still making Dust-Aid Platinum ?
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by E.J. Peiker on Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:56 pm
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The old DustAid had that risk but the newer Platinum has no chance of that.  I'm guessing that some old reviews are creeping into the current product.

Update, just went to their website and it looks like they are no longer making that product.  Weird!!!!  I have always liked it and have never had a problem with any camera system but there's probably some reason they pulled it off the market, even if it's just slow sales.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:03 pm
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This is from ebay:

Ebay listing

I have no knowledge of authenticity, but seller rating looks good.

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by E.J. Peiker on Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:36 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
This is from ebay:

Ebay listing

I have no knowledge of authenticity, but seller rating looks good.

Joe


Yeah it's available on Amazon too but is no longer listed on the Dust-Aid website.
 

by signgrap on Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:56 pm
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I asked Dust-Aid "whether they were still making Dust-Aid Platinium?"
Here's the response I got:

"Hi Dick,
We are no longer selling on our site, but I have some stock that Im happy to sell to you directly.
Just let me know what you want and send your address and we can bill/ship via PayPal if that works.
THank you for contacting us
Best, Andrea
DUST-AID"

She really did not answered my question but instead says she has some "stock" implying the stock is limited (perhaps in short supply).

What do you make of this?
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by E.J. Peiker on Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:13 am
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I think it was just not selling well once the Gel Stik came out. I still think it is the safest of the dry contact sensor cleaning systems.
 

by Primus on Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:45 am
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I've used the orange gel stick to clean my Sony sensors in the past. However for at least three years now, have not had to use it at all.

I try to be careful and avoid getting dust on the sensor the usual way while changing lenses as I am sure everyone else does. If I do see a few spots I find it easy to get rid of them in the following manner.

I detach the lens, turn the camera facing down, activate self-clean, leave the front open, turn off the camera and using a Giotto Rocket blower, give the sensor a good clean out with the nozzle of the blower inserted into the front chamber (careful not to touch the sensor of course). I may have to repeat this exercise again, but I have NEVER had a problem with this method.

I've used this in the field in Botswana, Japan, Antartica, Namibia (with the dunes and the constant dust), with great results.

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