By Andrew Liszewski
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the only real downside to using a digital SLR, particularly if you’re switching lenses a lot, is the fact that no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you’re going to get dust on the image sensor. Newer DSLRs have added built-in sensor cleaning functionality, but these usually just vibrate the sensor in hopes that the dust falls off and gets collected by a sticky strip underneath. I’m sure they work to a degree, but sometimes you just need to get in there and give it a good manual cleaning. And that’s when the BriteVue Sensor Loupe comes in really handy, since it uses a set of six super bright LEDs as well as a 7X magnifying lens to allow you to see even the smallest specks of dust stuck to your camera’s sensor.
Of course the Sensor Loupe won’t actually clean the sensor for you, you’ll still need to invest in the proper tools for that task, but if you’re tired of the routine of taking test shots, locking up the mirror, cleaning the sensor and doing it over and over again until the test shots look clean, it might be worth the $89.95 price tag from VisibleDust.com.