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Sensor cleaning is no picnic, but someone has to do it. If you send it away to your camera’s manufacturer, great! You’ll have to fork over some bills and wait a while to get your gear back, but you can rest easy knowing that your camera is in good hands—and if it’s not, you won’t be responsible for paying for the damages. However, for of you Wild Wild West types out there who are interested in cleaning your own sensors, there are several methods that are commonly used, but in this video, Mathieu Stern shows you how to not only detect smudges and spots on your sensor but also how to clean them using a gel stick.
I’m sure when some of you read “gel stick” you immediately started having waking nightmares of pushing a goopy, sticky pad down onto a precious, fragile sensor and pulling up with all of your might, the goo stretching like cheese on a 1987 TMNT pizza until it snaps, taking the sensor coating with it.
I get it. I’d be afraid, too.