Sensor Gel Stick for Sony Cameras

After months of waiting for the manufacturer to modify the chemical properties of the Sensor Gel Stick so that it works perfectly well with the new Sony cameras and heavy testing, we are happy to announce that we will soon be shipping the Sony version of the product to our customers. I have received a couple of sample units last week and I am happy to say that the product worked very well with the Sony A6000 and A7R mirrorless cameras. The manufacturer assured us that the Sony version will work with ALL Sony cameras without problems, but just to be sure, we did perform our own tests and found no problems! If you own a Sony mirrorless camera and would like to use the Sensor Gel Stick, you can now pre-order it from our store.

Sensor Gel Stick for Sony

Why is there a different version for Sony cameras? Because Sony uses a new type of coating technology on its sensor filter pack, which grips on to the Sensor Gel Stick too tight, making it difficult to use the product and sometimes even leaving residue. The Sony-specific version that we will soon sell sticks normally on the filter surface and does a great job with collecting dust and debris. To differentiate between the two versions, we asked the manufacturer to use different color for the Sony version and we settled on orange color.

Please note that the pricing for the Sony version of the stick will be $5 higher than the regular version. Since the early batches are produced in limited quantities (we do not yet know how big the demand will be), the manufacturing costs are higher. Once the Sony version is produced in large quantities, the pricing will drop to the same level as the original Sensor Gel Stick.

Speaking of which, if you have previously pre-ordered the Sensor Gel Stick, you should have received several emails from us about completing your order. If you have a pre-order and have not paid yet, please do it at your earliest convenience, since we are quickly running out of stock. We specifically did not post any information about availability, because we wanted to fulfill all pre-orders first. We are currently running low on stock already, but we are expecting a large batch in about two week time frame together with the Sony version. If you need more Sticky Paper, we have plenty of those in stock.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) stim
    June 12, 2014 at 4:12 am

    what exactly does this do?

    • 11
      ) Ed F.
      June 12, 2014 at 11:44 am

      You use this to remove foreign objects that have are present on your sensor. There are various videos online to see the process in action.

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Stim, if you click one of the above links, you can actually see a demo video and detailed explanation of what the product does.

  2. 2
    ) Andrea
    June 12, 2014 at 4:16 am

    What’s going to happen if I use the ordinary gel on my A6000 (brand new) sensor?

    • 12
      ) Ed F.
      June 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I That is what this product is made for..so it will clean your sensor.

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Andrea, there is a possibility that it will leave residue, since the Sony sensors have different type of coating that grips more to the stick.

  3. 3
    ) Rick Isaacs
    June 12, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Uh-oh, I’m a Sony A77 & Nex-7 owner, and bought the original gel stick from you. Somehow I missed that it was not for Sony sensors. It seems to have worked fine, but what damage might I have done?

    • 6
      ) Craig
      June 12, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Are you able to use it on the a77 translucent mirror? If not, how do you clean that?

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Rick, you have not damaged anything, but it is best to use the less sticky version, since it will do a much better job. With the old version, there is a chance that you might leave residue on the filter. It is easy to remove the residue with a wet cleaning solution, but still could be a nuisance for many folks out there. This Sony specific version will not cause any residue.

  4. 4
    ) Jose
    June 12, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Nasim, I previously purchased two sensor gel sticks for use on my Nikon D600, which I have since replaced with a D610. I have recently acquired a Fujifilm X-E2. Is the sensor gel stick I have safe for use on the Fuji’s sensor? Please respond at your convenience.

    Best regards
    Jose

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Jose, could you let me know your order number? The original sensor gel stick went through two iterations (with slight changes). If you have one from the original batch, it might be best not to use it on different brand cameras. However, if you recently received yours, then it will work perfectly fine. Please let me know!

      • 22
        ) Jose
        June 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        Hi Nasim. My order number was #65189 and made 12/12/2013. Thanks for following up.

      • 29
        ) Jose
        June 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        Hi Nasim. Were you able to look up my order using the information I provided? Please let me know and confirm whether it is safe to use on my Fuji X-E2. Thanks!

        • June 18, 2014 at 2:56 am

          Jose, yes, that version should be safe to use on the X-E2. Ideally, please do not use the same stick on two different camera sensors…

  5. 5
    ) Henry Dinardo
    June 12, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Nasim does the old Gel Stick work with the Fuji XT1?

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Henry, please let me know your order number and I will let you know!

      • 24
        ) Henry Dinardo
        June 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        Basin I don’t have the order number but there is a number in the can Art Nr E70000 if that helps?

        • 25
          ) Henry Dinardo
          June 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

          Nasim I’m sorry miss spelled your name damn iPhone

        • June 18, 2014 at 4:22 am

          Henry, I looked up your order and looks like the stick you have is not compatible with X-T1. It is perfectly usable with Nikon and Canon DSLRs, but the X-T1 surface won’t react well with the version of the stick you have. Have you used it already with other cameras? If not, I can exchange yours for the compatible version, free of charge.

  6. 7
    ) Neil
    June 12, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Sony cameras or just Sony sensors? I’m thinking of Fuji cameras.

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Neil, Fuji cameras have slightly different coating than Sony. The original sensor gel stick has recently been modified to work with all cameras, except Sony mirrorless. If you buy the most recent version now, it will work on Fuji cameras without problems. However, if you bought from the early batches, then I would not recommend to apply it on Fuji cameras.

  7. 8
    ) Alex
    June 12, 2014 at 6:32 am

    How about to use the Sony version Gel Stick against other brand cameras? Will it work or an original one is a must?

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Alex, it will work, but it won’t be as effective. Basically, the manufacturer had to reduce the “stickiness” property of the Sony version by about 50%. If you use it on other sensors, it won’t do as good of a job collecting all that dust and debris. This does not mean that the product is less effective on Sony cameras though!

  8. 9
    ) Bill
    June 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    “Why is there a different version for Sony cameras?”

    Answer: $$$$

    Will there be a different version for Fuji cameras, Canon cameras, . . . ?

    Answer: $$$$

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Bill, it is not in my interest to sell different versions of the same product – that does not make sense from the financial and logistics points. There is a reason why we have two different types of products, as explained in the above article. If you tried to use the original product on a Sony camera, you would know exactly what I am talking about. We had to work with the manufacturer closely to see if it is possible to create a single product that works on everything, but after many months of collaboration and testing, it turned out that the Sony coating technology just does not play well with the original gel formula. Therefore, we had to create two different products.

      In fact, the manufacturer incurred costs in R&D and changing of the manufacturing process, and the cost of creating a small batch for Sony users was much higher. If we could make a single product that fits it all, we would have done it.

      There won’t be a different version for Fuji, Canon and other cameras. If the coating does not react well with the chemicals on the gel, we will advise to use the Sony version. For everything else, the original sensor gel stick will work perfectly fine.

  9. 10
    ) Linda
    June 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I have a Nikon D-100 that has been converted to Infrared. When I asked the fellow I bought it from about dust on the sensor, he told me that there are exactly 16 dust spots to contend with. Of course, I can remove them in photoshop but I was wondering if I can clean the sensor myself using the Gel stick, or does the conversion make that impossible?

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Linda, that’s why we are selling this product, so that photographers like you could do it themselves without paying someone else to do it. Sending a camera to Nikon is costly, because you will be without your camera for 2-3 weeks, in addition to incurring shipping and other costs. Doing it locally will cost you anywhere between 75 – 100 USD. So buying this product will justify its price on first use…

      • 23
        ) Linda
        June 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        Sorry to be a pest but I have a clarifying question. When a camera is converted to IR, “….you …modify your digital camera by removing the hot mirror located over the camera sensor, and replacing it with a filter that allow IR light to pass through to the camera sensor.” Can I assume that the filter will not be affected when I clean the sensor? (I probably don’t fully understand the mechanics). I’ve cleaned by D-70 sensor and I agree, it is not that hard. Why even I can do it. Also looking forward to reading about the product on the Sony A7rR. Thanks for taking the time. Like I said, because the camera has been altered I just wasn’t sure if I could still clean the sensor.

        • June 18, 2014 at 4:23 am

          Linda, an IR camera still has a filter stack, so it is not any different than a regular camera.

  10. 26
    ) ATP
    June 13, 2014 at 2:45 am

    No wonder I feel like the sony a7 sensor is about to break every time I use the sensor gel stick…

  11. 27
    ) Rick Isaacs
    June 13, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Nasim, what is the process for me to order a Sony-safe gel stick from Photography Life? Thanks!

  12. 28
    ) jollyjocky
    June 13, 2014 at 6:41 am

    do not start cleaning sensors yourself it can lead to expensive repairs or even renewal.

  13. 33
    ) clarence
    September 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    nikon d610 has a sony sensor. should I buy normal or sony version?

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