So I finally get my Arctic Butterfly from Canada and attempt my first sensor cleaning.
I follow the instructions carefully -- I remove the protective top being careful not to touch the brush with my oily fingers, do the spin thing to charge up the static electricity, carefully keep the brush from touching any part of the mirror chamber, and begin to lightly stroke the sensor. So what do I see? With every touch of the brush I get a smear.
Looks like the damn thing arrived from Visible Dust contaminated.
Anyone else had this problem with this product or am I just one lucky dude?
If you are absolutely sure you didn't touch the chamber then there are two posabilities:
1. The dirt on the sensor is more 'grease' than dust and all you are doing is spreading it around with the AB. You will need to do a liquid clean, using either the green or orange swabs.
2. You got unlucky.
I found with the Canon 350D that I would also need to use orange swabs and liquid 8 times out of 10 as the dust spots were nearly always more than just dust. Coversely with the D200, using the same handling regieme I have not needed to clean the sensor once. It's purely anecdotal but it does seem to do better than my old 350D in this respect.
In either case you will want the cleaning solution for the AB.