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#1 - Introduction

#1 - Introduction


October 30, 2011
Dear Copper Hill,
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and say thank you for the great products and tutorials!
I've been an avid hobby photographer for years and recently purchased my FIRST DSLR (Canon 5D Mk1)...changed my life...a whole new world opened up before my eyes.
Anyway, I purchased the camera used and everything appeared fine until I took a few shots of the clear desert sky and noticed 'hairs' and 'dust specks'.
I panicked a little and started looking around on the internet for advice on what to do. Read a bunch of scary things about how one should never ever ever, not even think about cleaning a sensor and that it requires dark magic, nerves of steel, the hands of a surgeon and so on. So I took it down to my local camera shop for a 'professional' cleaning...24 hours and $75.00! later I happily brought my camera home, put the lens on and shot the sky only to discover some dust had been removed but much of it remained, and several of the hairs had just been moved from one part of the frame to another!
Then I found Copper through the tutorial and realized there was a better way.
Went 'all in' and ordered the Mega Kit received a UPS tracking number almost right away, and everything showed up well packaged in just a few days (I'm in Nevada). So first off, THANK YOU for the fast shipping!
Read through the tutorial again and included instructions and I'm pleased to report everything worked as advertised, it was not difficult and there is no dark magic required.

5 out of 5 'stars' for sure!

Everything included in the Mega Kit is great and very practical for photographers...and the 'bonus' is just plain old fun. Anyone hesitating on this should consider the fact the Mega Kit is just a few dollars more than a 'professional cleaning' and includes more than enough supplies for A LOT of cleanings (this kit will literally pay for itself the first time). The end results will be better too because 'you' have a vested interest in your gear and did it yourself...unlike some camera shop rip-off tech just pushing the dust around. Off to take 'dust free' pictures,
Thank you again,
Sincerely, Don Sieburg

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Jeff Bryce 15-May-2005 21:40
Thank you for the prompt delivery of the SensorSwipe tool, 100 PecPads & 2-ounce Eclipse.

Before trying your solution, I tried Sensor Swabs because other websites cautioned about using "cut-down butter knives" (the SensorSwipe?). The Sensor Swabs came in a 3-pack with a 1/2 ounce dropper of Eclipse for $30 Canadian. After the first swab, my test revealed countless specks & smears, especially in the corners & edges. I had thought I had scratched or damaged the sensor! The second swab removed major smears but many specks remained. After the third swab there were about 20 specks near the edges and corners. The 3-pack was used up and my D70 was dirtier than when I started!

Thankfully, I just used your SensorSwipe system and the sensor is completely clean! Your instructions and tips are very helpful and comforting. It took me 7 attempts and I know that I'll get better with practice. And I still have plenty of Eclipse and 93 more PecPads for future cleaning!

Jennifer Zimmerman05-Apr-2005 02:47
thank you SOOOO much! wonderful item I HIGHLY recommend to anyone with a digital SLR camera. My 20D is cleaner than the day I bought it.....detailed instructions are wonderful! again thank you!
David Ceremuga 29-Oct-2004 20:04
Got the kit today because I had several "dusties" on my new D70 that a bulb wouldn't blow away. It took 8 tries but now have a completely dust free sensor. What a great product. I was about to return the camera. Now it is perfect. BTW, It is very easy to do and as you say, the pressure needed is about the same as writing with a pen. Also I found the a nice slow and even stroke works the best.
yvette cardozo 08-Aug-2004 23:33
it's a long story but i wound up with a defective canon 10D and figured, ah ha! a sacrificial camera to practice on. your system worked like a charm. i then went on to clean my other digital camera, a rebel, with equal results. i wanted to send you examples but you no longer seem to have your aol address. anywhere i can send them? meanwhile,thanks, truly.