Sensor Gel Stick

Sensor Gel Stick

4.94 out of 5 based on 18 customer ratings
(18 customer reviews)


Sensor Gel Stick for cleaning digital sensors. Will work with any interchangeable lens camera, from mirrorless to DSLRs.

321 in stock (can be backordered)

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Product Description

WARNING: You might find a similar looking item on Amazon from sellers in China. Please do NOT buy those – we have received some horror stories from people who had their AA filters ripped out from their cameras, thanks to using a fake Chinese version of this product. We are the only distributor of the Sensor Gel Stick in the USA and our product is proudly made in Germany!

One of the best solutions for keeping your digital camera sensor clean! This sensor gel stick will work on any interchangeable lens digital camera – from a compact mirrorless to a full-frame DSLR. All you have to do is set the camera to “Mirror Lock-Up” mode (with the battery fully charged) and once the sensor is exposed, gently “walk” the whole sensor with the gelled side of the stick. After a single pass, use the adhesive paper (included inside the metal case) to remove the dust from the gel. Simply expose the sticky side of the paper, set it on a firm surface, then hold it with your fingers, while firmly pressing the gel on top of the adhesive surface. The gel should stick, but it will be easy to remove. Once cleaned, the gel can be reused over and over again (see maintenance tips below). Repeat this process as many times as necessary to clean your sensor. Once done, turn off the camera, mount your lens, set it to the smallest aperture like f/32, then take a picture of a white surface. When you analyze the image, there should be no spots left.

This particular product is used professionally by many service centers, including Leica’s (check out this video and skip to 13:30 minutes.

For information on how to use the sensor gel stick, please see this article. Here is a detailed video on how to use the sensor gel stick:

Disclaimer: Photography Life is NOT responsible for any potential damage or other sensor-related issues on your camera. While the above product and methodology are much safer than applying wet cleaning or other solutions directly on the sensor, improper handling could result in damage.

Includes: 10 sticky papers, product manual and aluminum box.

Operating Environment: Please do not use the sensor gel stick in very hot and humid environments. If the gel stick is not as “sticky”, it probably has to do with humidity. While the sensor gel stick should operate normally in cold temperatures, we do not recommend to use it under 40F. Room temperature (around 70F) is ideal for best performance.

Application: Different manufacturers apply different coating technologies on the filter in front of the sensor. These coatings can affect the stickiness of the sensor gel stick – in some cases it will be less or more sticky than in others. Because of this, we do not recommend to use the same sensor gel stick to clean different cameras, especially from different manufacturers. Please read the product advisory section below regarding the use of the product on Sony mirrorless cameras.

Supported Cameras: With the exception of Sony mirrorless cameras listed below, the Sensor Gel Stick is known to work with all other brand digital interchangeable lens cameras, including: Nikon, Canon, Leica, Pentax/Ricoh, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung. Some of our customers also reported successful use with medium format cameras from Hasselblad, Mamiya and Phase One.

Product Advisory: Sony’s proprietary coating technology on its mirrorless cameras might cause the Sensor Gel Stick to leave some residue on the surface of the sensor filter, which will require thorough wet cleaning. The residue can be removed with a wet cleaning solution, but might take significant effort to clean it. Therefore, we recommend that you do NOT use the Sensor Gel Stick on Sony mirrorless cameras listed below. The manufacturer of the Sensor Gel Stick is working on a different solution to clean Sony sensors, so we are planning to start offering a Sony-specific version of the Sensor Gel Stick soon.

Here is the list of Sony camera models that are affected: Sony A7R, Sony A7, Sony A5000, Sony A6000, Sony NEX-7, Sony NEX-6, Sony NEX-5 (all models), Sony NEX-3 (all models). We have not heard of any other reports regarding other brand cameras.

Maintenance: The beauty of the Sensor Gel Stick is that it can be used over and over again for years without having to re-purchase it. If you accidentally touch the tip of the sensor with your finger, if you accidentally drop it on the ground, or if the stickiness property disappears over time, all you have to do is wash it with clean tap water and air dry it! To avoid potential damage, we do not recommend to use any cleaning chemicals / solutions during this process. Just make sure to wash your hands with soap first to remove all the oil / grease, then put the gel part in running water and wash the surface with your fingers. Let it air dry for several hours until it is completely dry, then your sensor gel stick will be as good as new. If you end up with a lot of oil / grease on the gel and regular water does not clean it, some liquid dish detergents can be used in those situations as a last resort. For more details, see this article.

Return / Replacement Policy: The sensor gel stick can be returned for a full refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase. It must be returned in its original condition without any damage, including the aluminum case, manual and remaining sticky papers.

Note on International Orders: Shipping via USPS Internationally can take a long time – anywhere from 3-4 weeks to 5-6 weeks in some cases. Sometimes packages are held up by the country’s local post office for customs clearing, which is a normal part of the process. If your order is not delivered within 4 weeks, please call your local postal office and see if they are holding it.


The sensor gel stick has been reviewed and praised by many top photography sites and photographers. Below you will find a few links and YouTube videos from those that had a chance to test the sensor gel stick on their cameras:

  1. Fstoppers Review
    YouTube video from the above review:

    NOTE: Please do not try to clean the mirror using the sensor gel stick as shown in the video – it can potentially dislocate the mirror and cause autofocus issues!

  2. Moose Peterson Review
  3. Michael Clark Review

Additional Information

Weight0.08 kg
Dimensions20 x 4 x 2 cm

18 reviews for Sensor Gel Stick

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Extremely fine product! Just cleaned sensors on 4 cameras much faster than 1 usually takes. No second tries either-1 pass only. Thanks for selling this fine product.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Used this on my new(refurb) D600 after wet cleaning the sensor…perfectly clean now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The Sensor Gel Stick is amazing. In 5 minutes I cleaned the sensors on my Nikon D7000 and my Panasonic G5. No dust spots now on either sensor, and this was so much easier than using the swab and cleaning fluid I have been using for several years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    After using various wet cleaning methods for years which are expensive and tricky to perform; the Sensor Gel Stick is the fastest, easiest and most economically way to clean dust and oil off your sensor. A must have for anyone with a interchangeable lens camera.

    Regards Art

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I highly recommend this. It is efficient, quick, and simple to use. Much better than any of the other methods I have tried. I also appreciate the quick no nonsense purchase and shipping experience through photographylife.

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The best thing I ever bought after buying an SLR!

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Greatly appreciative for the availability of this product within the States (I live in PA). Very easy to use following the included instructions (albeit transcribed into English from German production team). Also appreciate the supplementary video from Nasim!

    Guys and Gals – – – this item simply works well and doesn’t leave any visual residual after using. It’s a no-brainer relative to other alternatives for the average photographer. One may need to use a “wet-method” of cleaning if there are really tough spots to clean prior to using this (i.e. grease spots or other tough regions).

    Also – as a general note – this shipped product is the “eyelead” sensor cleaning kit manufactured in Germany. If you’re in the EU and UK region and able to get it cheaper or at comparable cost (considering shipping rates) from a reliable source on the other side of the pond – go for it.

    Bottom line: Great product for a great price from a great U.S. supplier (Thanks Nasim et al)!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Hi Nasim, I just wanted to let you know that we are very happy with the Gel Stick and have had great results with it. I have over 7,500 shots on my new D610 and do a lot of lens changing out in the field. Whenever I start seeing spots showing up (usually in the sky) it only takes a few minutes and it is good to go again. I’m still using the same sheet of sticky paper and it seems to be doing the job so far. Thanks for making this product available to all of your readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The sensor gel stick worked great on my Nikon D600. I noticed the oil and dust issue on my sensor a couple months ago at higher apertures and have been looking for a solution. I didn’t really want to send it back to Nikon for cleaning and the idea of doing a wet cleaning intimidated me. This worked great. It was quick and so easy to use and now my sensor is dust and oil free. Nasim’s video was very instructional too. I highly recommend this product.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I had dust on the sensors in my D300 and D700, the booty shaker in the 700 wouldn’t remove it and neither would the Giotto Rocket blow it off. The gel stick is as advertised, both sensors are spotless now. I have used ” wet wipes” for 8 or 9 years, in addition to returning both to Nikon for cleaning. Thank you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Was thinking about sending both my bodies (D600 and D700) to get cleaned when I saw this product. Thought I would give it a shot and it worked perfectly! Took about 2 minutes with each body. Thank you so much, would recommend to anyone who needs to clean their sensor!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have always been a little gun-shy about cleaning my sensor except by using the rocket blower. Thought I’d give these a try rather than pay for cleaning. Wow, what a result. I cleaned my d7000 and d800 sensors both of which had quite a bit of dust and the results were amazing . The process took less than two minutes per camera and the dust was virtually entirely removed. I can’t believe how easy these things are to use. Equally amazing is why they haven’t been available for years. No need to pay for professional cleaning with access to these.

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have never cleaned my sensor before. I have watched countless videos online and I was still a little weary of doing it. There is no camera shop convenient to me (closest is 40 min away), so that really isnt the best option. I saw this product on fstoppers and looked very simple, so I decided to give it a shot.

    So incredibly easy to use. I have a canon 50D and it had some excessive use over the past 4 years. the sensor was very dirty. I took a before picture, flipped on the mirror lock, cleaned the sensor and that was that. 1 minute at the most. I took an after photo and my sensor is looking dust free!

    Excellent product and very easy to use! Thank you!!!!

  14. Profile photo of Michael
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I gave this a shot on my D800E, and after 3 passes, the sensor is flawless. Don’t be afraid to give it a bit of pressure, and go straight up and down, don’t drag it, and clean it on the paper after every pass. It’s a wonderful product, and small enough to live in my bag.

    I use a rocket blower to blow out the easy stuff, a lens pen to get the persistent goobers off the sensor if needed, and the stick to get the leftover carbon and anything else I’ve missed. A wet system has never touched this camera, and now it never will.

  15. Profile photo of stlc829
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I highly recommend this product…Order it and you will not be disappointed. I was dreading sending in my Nikon D7100 to get the sensor cleaned. This product was easy to use and only took 2 minutes.

  16. Profile photo of Romano Giannetti
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Probably the best money ever spent in my gear. I was used to painful cycles of blowing, dry, wet cleaning, repeat. Today in 5 minutes I cleanead the sensor of my Sony SLT A-55. Two passages did suffice. Do yourself a favor and get this thing.

  17. Profile photo of doylebur
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wow – I had a hard time purchasing anything regarding the cleaning of my Nikon sensor. I had probably 25 specks of dust on my sensor…that even given that I use my in-camera sensor cleaner all the time and I am extremely careful. I normally shoot portraits and the sensor dust does not show up at wider F-stops. One day I did some landscapes with a smaller F-stop and there were all of the blotches in the sky – I was shocked.

    I researched and researched and decided to go with the eye lead and all but one dust fleck left. Before going in for another dab with the gel stick, I used the in-camera sensor cleaning option. GONE – every single spec of dust was gone.

    By all means, do not be nervous – just buy this product if you have dust on your camera sensor. This is by all means a five star product.

  18. Profile photo of Cletus Lee
    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I’ve used this on both my D800 and D800E. However Now I have a D810. I can find no information on whether this works with the D810 which unlike the D800 and D800E does not use a OLPF. The D800E Has a OLPF and another element to reverse the effects of the OLPF. So there is still a piece of plastic sitting in front of the sensor. Is the gel stick safe to use on the D810?

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