We have been selling Photographic Solutions products since 2000 as their original Sensor Swab® (red and blue box) was the best sensor cleaning swab on the market. In 2015, they discontinued this USA made swab and replaced it with the imported Sensor Swab Ultra™ (red and black box). We strongly dislike the new Sensor Swab Ultra™ to the point that we don’t feel they are safe to use. It is because of this that we will no longer be carrying their line of products. The original Sensor Swabs®, the ones in the red and blue box with a rubber band holding the pad onto the handle, are the superior swabs. We still have quite a few of these in stock and once they are gone, they’re not coming back. Their cleaning solution, Eclipse® (methanol), was and still is the best solution for cleaning sensors. You may have heard or seen their announcement in regards to issues involving their new Sensor Swab Ultra™ with Eclipse® and Sony Cameras. This issue is unique to the new Sensor Swab Ultra™ as Photographic Solutions has reported that these have caused damage to cameras when used with Eclipse® (methanol). This issue has not been reported by any other brand of swab including the original Sensor Swab®. Photographic Solutions also discontinued their no damage guarantee about the same time they introduced the Sensor Swab Ultra™.
Due to the original Sensor Swab’s® disappearance from the market, The Dust Patrol stepped in and brought back a truly improved version, the Alpha Swab. They use the same clean room material for the cleaning pad but shortened the paddle for better visibility, made the handle thicker for less flexing and color coded them by size. The Alpha Swab is made in the USA and has an MSRP of about half the price of the original Sensor Swab® and Sensor Swab Ultra™. We carry the full line of The Dust Patrol products here and you can visit their web site here to read even more about their story and products. The Dust Patrol also offers a methanol sensor cleaning fluid, the Gamma Optical Cleaning Fluid, and they offer an optical wipe, the Delta Wipe, which is very similar to the Pec*Pad®.