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      05.06.2011 14:20

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      Very useful accessory for DSLR users

      Do you own a DSLR? If so you more likely than not change lenses and never mind how careful you are dust particles can enter into the camera body and attach themselves in front of the sensor. A lot of new DSLR owners get very nervous at the thought of cleaning the sensor to be rid of the dust. Dust will show itself as dark spots on the image especially visible in sky areas so it is something you do need to deal with. This is where the Rocket Blower comes in. You have here a device that will puff out air that is clean and free from condensation and a filter prevents the blower from sucking dust into it's air holding compartment. Most of the time a few blasts from the blower is enough to dislodge dust particles from the sensor and it really is as simple as that. Aim, be sure to not touch anything in the body of the camera and then blow the dust off. Can also be used for blowing dust from lenses etc. There is a smaller version which is a bit more portable which i also aim to get.

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      27.03.2009 10:55
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      A must have for DSLR owners!

      Professional photographers and serious DSLR owners alike will know that a tiny speck of dust on the lens or the digital sensor can ruin a photo and as you change lenses on a DSLR there is every chance of this happening.

      For some people the cleaning of the lens and sensor is just too daunting and they choose to have it done professionally but this can quickly become very costly.

      There are a few good tools out there for these cleaning tasks from the very complicated cleaning kits to simple air blowers that will blast the dust from wherever it may be lodged, such as the lens, the viewfinder or the sensor. Air blowers tend to come in two main forms, you get the aerosol tins of compressed air and you get the Giottos air rockets.

      The tins of air may seem like a good idea but they are not recommended really as they can and will release a small amount of moisture every time they are used, this is not too dangerous to your lenses although it is still not great for them but it is a particular problem to your sensor and it can allow moisture to get into the cameras very delicate body and cause all sorts of problems.

      With Giottos air rockets you do not have this problem and they come in three different sizes so you can choose the one you feel is best suited o the job. I have all three, the small, medium and large but I almost always just use the middle sized one as it is pretty much perfect for any job.

      The Giottos middle air rocket is a simple idea and it basically consists of a rubber bulb shaped pump with a with a small red pipe coming from it and the idea is that when you press the pump the air is jetted down the pipe causing it to come out at an increased pressure great enough to blow away the specs of dust from wherever they are.

      Unlike using a cloth you never have to touch the lens or the sensor in any way so there is no chance of scratching and if you are particularly nervous about these cleaning procedures then you can hold the rocket a good distance from the sensor and just give it an extra hard squeeze to get the desired results.

      As long as you do not have any troubles with your fingers such as arthritis or the likes then you should have no problem squeezing this hard enough to give a strong stream of air, I have big and very strong hands but one of my models (a very petite girl) tried this for me and was able to give a great blow job too (STOP IT, I mean with the rocket). Tut, tut you lot with your dirty minds.

      Giottos middle air blaster and in fact all their air blasters are very well made and very durable and robust, I have never known the rubber to split or any other problems to occur with them. As a professional photographer with three different DSLR bodies to take care of, my rocket gets regular use and I have never yet after two years had to replace it and indeed it looks as good today as it did when new.

      If you own a DSLR camera then this is a must have piece of kit, it is simple to use, gives great results and as you can pick one up for under a tenner they are also very cheap to buy. As well as blasting out the dust and other small particles from your lens and sensor this is a great tool for blasting dust out of your keyboards on your PC`s and laptops, so it can even be useful to non photographers.

      If your camera lens or sensor gets any marks or unmovable grime on it then I would always recommend specialist cleaning but if it is just the everyday dust and tiny particles then you and your Giottos rocket should be able to cope with it no problems at all.

      Thanks for reading

      © thebigc1690

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        23.01.2009 18:50
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        Thanks For Reading.

        Anybody who owns or who has even used a digital SLR camera will most likely know about the evils of dust. Especially if your someone who changes lens a lot. It's essential to keep all of your digital camera equipment in a spotless condition. Dust can ruin a photograph (showing up as small black dots) or even worse it can scratch your camera's lens or sensor.

        This is a device that's designed to blow off dust and other small particles from your digital camera. It can also be used in the same way for other devices such as cleaning your computer keyboard. It's constructed from "environmentally friendly rubber" and couldn't be easier or quicker to use. Simply point and squeeze, the result is a concentrated burst of air that will obliterate anything in its path. The design is simple and efficient, it even stands up by itself, so it won't blow (or roll) away.

        In the past I've normally used compressed air (tinned) or a solution cleaner, but it's never been ideal as it tends to create condensation - never a great thing to have to deal with when you're trying to take a photograph. Not only that, the price of compressed air seems to have 'blown up' especially in this last year.

        So, I decided to finally invest in one of these 'Rocket Air' blowers, and I'm glad I did. For costing less than a tenner it's a great way to ensure that your cameras equipment stays in proper working order, and for that alone it is highly recommended.

        (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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          27.11.2008 22:02
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          Great Blower

          For anyone who owns a digital SLR camera, you will appreciate the fact that dust can be a bit of a problem. I'm not talking about the dust that may settle on top of your brand new camera, making it look like a relic - I'm talking about the nasty little particles which get INSIDE the camera body when changing a lens.

          This dust can often settle on the image sensor of a camera - which will manifest itself as dark areas on a photograph. You may be thinking, 'well, why not wipe the image sensor clean?', and that can be done - although it's a very delicate procedure, and one wrong move could damage your expensive camera forever - the sensor really shouldn't be touched.

          This is where Giotto's 'Rocket-Air' comes into play.

          The Rocket-Air is black rubber blower. Squeezing the 'bulb' section results in a super-strong blast of air which wil blow off dust particles from whatever surface they are on. The design of the Giotto product allows it to be freestanding, which is handy as it won't roll away when you put it down.

          I have used this product on numerous occasions to clean my Digital SLR's sensor. Each time it has worked efficiently, dislodging all dust and leaving me with splodge-free photos.

          As well as for cleaning sensors, I use this product to clean the dust from lenses before wiping - as to prevent any particles from scratching them.

          Costing around £10 from Amazon, I would say that the Giotto Rocket-air is a must for anyone who owns an SLR, and takes photography seriously - highly recommended.

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