SensorKlear Loupe Kit Review

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The SensorKlear Loupe Kit from LensPen.

A couple of years ago, I decided it was time to face my fears head-on. Since the day I had unboxed my first DSLR I’d fallen victim to all of the various doomsday warnings about the horrors that could befall me if something went wrong while cleaning my sensor. Don’t get me wrong– those warnings are all valid. Messing this up could scratch the sensor, push it out of alignment, or even break it, just to name a few. I’d always figured that if something was going to go wrong, I wanted it to be someone else’s fault– someone who would have to pay to replace the camera or repair the damage. Luckily, I have a great local camera shop that offers sensor cleaning twice a month and does a great job, but I finally got to that “how-hard-can-it-be?” point and decided it was time to learn.

DOOMSDAY WARNING: I would be totally remiss if I didn’t offer my own caution flag. If any part of cleaning your own sensor makes you the slightest bit uncomfortable, you should absolutely not do it. The consequences I mentioned above are only a few of the things that can happen if this delicate task is done incorrectly. There are a lot of products out there to help you clean your sensor, some better than others. You should thoroughly research any product before sticking it into your camera. Also make sure that it comes with clear, easy-to-follow instructions.

The SensorKlear Loupe Kit comes from the same company that manufactures the LensPen–one of my favourite lens-cleaning tools. The sensor-cleaning kit contains three components. The SensorKlear Loupe, the LensPen Hurricane Blower, and the SensorKlear II Pen.

The Loupe

For me, the biggest drawback to most sensor-cleaning products is that you really can’t see what you’re doing. The SensorKlear Loupe changes that, providing an illuminated, magnified view of the sensor. Being able to quickly and easily detect sensor dust not only makes the task of cleaning it easier, but also tells you whether your sensor even needs cleaning at all. There’s no sense sticking anything in your camera unnecessarily. The loupe is also designed with an opening on the side, allowing access for the cleaning tools while maintaining your view of the sensor. The loupe uses two AAA batteries (included) and fits perfectly over the camera opening. Be sure to check your camera’s owner’s manual for instructions on locking the mirror in the “up” position for sensor cleaning.

The loupe provides an illuminated, magnified view of the sensor, making dust removal easier.

The Blower

Chances are you probably already have a similar blower in your gear bag, so I’m not going to take up a lot of your time describing this one. It’s a blower–plain and simple. By now I’m sure you know to not let canned air anywhere near your sensor. The velocity of the air can blow the sensor out of alignment and the chemical propellant can permanently damage its surface. The hand blower is the most basic solution–and perfectly suited to the task–for removing dry dust particles from your sensor.

The SensorKlear Pen

Sometimes, though, you’re battling more than just dry dust. Every once in a while, sticky particles decide to make your sensor their new home. For those situations, the SensorKlear Pen has worked flawlessly each time I’ve used it. The tip is a smaller version of the LensPen tip and is impregnated with a patented carbon cleaning compound that removes and absorbs the more stubborn dust and other particulates that find their way into cameras and onto sensors. The adjustable angle of the pen works perfectly in conjunction with the loupe, allowing you to use it an angle that doesn’t block your view of  the sensor.

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Wrap-Up and Recommendation

As with anything, there is no one perfect solution to the challenge of maintaining a dust-free sensor. For me, though, the quality of the tools, their ease of use, as well as their results, make this kit a great choice if you are ready to start cleaning your own sensor. If you’re already one of the brave ones, share your recommendations in the comments.

The SensorKlear Loupe Kit is available on Amazon.

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SensorKlear Loupe Kit
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Jeff Guyer is a commercial/portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Still an avid street photographer and film shooter, Jeff also launched a kids photography class called: Digital Photo Challenges.

  • Andreu Tan

    I’ve got one of these and it works very well for me. I was afraid before to touch the sensor and etc.. but I read in the forums and got myself one. Best investment ever. I used it to check my other lenses too! 🙂

    Just need to take extra extra care, patience and practise.. that’s it!..

  • Chris Sutton

    Totally agree with al this article. Best purchase I’ve ever made. Owners of Sony SLT dSLRs will, however find using the Loupe slightly more fiddly because of the translucent panel that needs to be opened (outwards) to get to the sensor; you will be restricted to one viewing angle.

  • Guest

    Mine works extremely well however Sony SLT dSLR owners will find using the Loupe a bit more fiddly due to the translucent panel that has to be opened (outwards) restricting the orientation / angle of view from the loupe to sensor.

  • Leo

    I´ve bought one Sensorklear pen and one LensPen some months ago. On last week I’ve noticed that both pens are dry. I´m afraid of using those again and make a mess up on my gear.

  • Jeffrey Guyer

    Double check them again. They were never wet or damp to begin with. They are impregnated with a carbon compound. Gently drag a fingertip across the pad– you should see a faint gray spot on your finger from the carbon. The shelf life is quite a bit longer than just a few months.

  • Jeffrey Guyer

    Thanks for that heads-up, Chris.

  • Leo

    Thank you Jeffrey. The pads look dry because they changed from a dark gray to a light gray.

    You mean that I don´t need to worry about it, is that? So, how can I know when to discard the Sensorklear? I don´t want to scrath my sensor… 🙂

  • Jeffrey Guyer

    I’m not sure about the answer to that question, but I’ll submit it to LensPen for a response and get back with you.

  • Leo

    Thank you!

  • Stellage

    I always read the customer review on Amazon, specially the lower marks. Not too good for this cleaning kit I’m afraid.

  • Philipp Berndt

    This is a very good kit, but I don’t use it that often, usually a nice burst of compressed air cleans out my sensor without me touching it with my stubby clumsy fingers 🙂

  • Jeffrey Guyer

    Compressed air, Philipp?? Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! The velocity of the air leaving the can could knock the sensor out of alignment and the chemical propellant can damage the surface.

    IF you must (and IF is a mighty big word) use compressed air, make sure the can is placed on a firm surface like a table. Hold the camera several inches away from the nozzle and press the release valve on the air VERY gently.

  • Jeffrey Guyer

    As with all things, Stellage, everyone’s opinion counts. My experience with this kit has always been quite positive.

  • Philipp Berndt

    been doing it for years, can “straw” inside the chamber, at least twice a month, never ever had any problems 🙂

    I appreciate your concern, but I have never heard of this before

  • MarcosV

    I’m never comfortable using the lens pen like stuff to clean sensors — good for first use; but, I cringe thinking about using it again. Caps on my lens pens tend to fall off and I don’t like the idea of leaving microscopic carbon dust inside the chamber.

    It’s usually very long gaps between the times I need to actually touch the sensor. The majority of the time the rocket blower does the job.

    Right now I use disposable use once sensor swabs if the blower doesn’t work out. I also have an artic butterfly.

    I’m also not sure how the opening in the side of the loupe works when trying to see the sensor in the loupe while cleaning. There’s not a whole lot of room in the first place in there and i only got two hands where one might need a 3rd hand to keep the camera body stationary.

  • Martin Karadzic

    The Sensorklear usually has the ability to safely clean about 75-100 times. I always like to say 75 times max just to be on the safe side and not overuse it. Nevertheless, 75 cleans is YEARS of cleanings. A good way to clean the tip and make sure it is dust-free is by using the blower to blow away any particles that may be stuck on the tip. Another good way to clean it is twisting the cap a few times each way when covering the cleaning tip. Twisting it allows the foam pad on the end of the cap to loosen up the natural chamois and any particles on the chamois, making it easier for the blower to blow the dust particles off the tip. Doing this after every usage will increase the life expectancy and your peace of mind about the cleaning tip. I hope this answers your question, if you need further information; http://www.lenspen.com/contact/

  • Guest

    Hi, if you like to see the Sensorklear in action, I have a little video in my Youtube channel. For me it has become a key element of my photographic equipment http://bit.ly/N7Cyhq

  • jurquijophoto

    Hi!. If you like to see the SensorKlear in action, I have a little video in my Youtube channel. For me it has become a key element of my photographic equipment

    http://youtu.be/yz7bDJ5-NIE

  • Christopher

    I haven’t used this product before. How many times can I use the same sensorklear pen for cleaning the sensor??? If I use same pen again and again won’t the dust from pen’s tip stick back to the sensor or Is there anyway I can clean pen’s tip????

  • bima

    The more “traditional” style of the other version was just as easy to
    pack (in most circumstances), without breaking down into two pieces.
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  • elin
  • tore

    A Canon Rebel is not suited for weddings as it’s no good in high Iso and it hasn’t got 2 memory card slots. I’d suggest you hire a 5DIII for a day.
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  • momo

    I have this kit and would recommend it. Works just as the reviews says.
    “The nice thing about the SensorKlear II pen is it is a dry cleaning wand, which allows you to reuse it numerous times before replacement. Compared to pre-packed wet wands, the SensorKlear II pen can easily save you money in the long term” ????? ?????

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