Is an Arctic Butterfly brush worthwhile?
I really want to know if it is effective enough to warrant the cost. From what I've read on the internet it seems most have to do a wet cleaning anyway.
Please do not reply about how the Arctic Butterfly brush smeared lubricant all over the sensor so you got rid of the brush, I read a lot about those things already.
#1. "RE: Is an Arctic Butterfly brush worthwhile?" | In response to Reply # 0agitater Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007Thu 16-Feb-12 07:25 PM
IMO, the vast majority of so-called/reported problems with the Arctic Butterfly result almost invariably from incorrect use. I've used one since they first hit the market.
The biggest trick with the Artic butterfly is to ensure that none of the charged bristles ever, ever touch even momentarily any part of the the walls of the mirror box. To ensure such use, a helper such as a braced pencil or something similar is needed to guide the Arctic Butterfly into effective range of the sensor filter surface.
Too many people decide that the Arctic Butterfly can be used in the same way as Lenspen. Doing so usually makes a mess of things.
For my kind of camera use the Arctic Butterfly does a perfect job of sensor cleaning 99% of the time. I rarely need a wet cleaning more than twice in any year. I rarely need a sensor cleaning with the Arctic Butterfly more than twice in any month.
The Arctic Buttefly is designed only to pick up loose dust particles adhering to the surface of the sensor filter by static charge. The Arctic Butterfly is not meant to be rubbed on the surface, but rather dragged across the surface using extremely gentle pressure so that's its opposing charge attracts dust particles from the surface. That's all it does.
Buying any sensor maintenance (dry or wet) brush is a waste of money without also purchasing an accompanying sensor loupe to clearly examine the sensor filter surface before deciding on a dry or wet cleaning.