This Strange Vacuum Cleaner Lens Will Suck the Dust Right Off Your Sensor


Well this is… interesting. Most sensor cleaning methods involve either some sort of blower, a wet cleaner, or a stick with some sticky stuff on it. The product above takes a different approach: it packs a small vacuum cleaner into a Canon L lens lookalike shell.

We’re not certain of the safety or effectiveness of this method, but it’s definitely a novelty if nothing else. Put together by Japanese manufacturer Nisshin Seiko, the vacuum is only available in Canon mounts and sells for 3,500 Yen (or approximately $34 USD).

Well, we should say it would sell for that many dollars if it was available in the US. Alas, this is one strange product that you won’t be able to get your hands on in the US of A, at least for now.

(via via Canon Watch)

  • Rui

    Nisshin Seiko is a Japanese company, not Chinese.

  • jbhaber

    “We’re not certain of the safety or effectiveness of this method”, but what the hell, let’s post it anyway.

  • DLCade

    Thank you for the correction!

  • alexcookemusic

    Vacuums build a static charge (particularly on low humidity days) when incoming particles rub against their surfaces. No, thank you.

  • kso721

    without seeing the mechanism of action, seems like it would, if not sealed perfectly, have the potential to suck more dust in…?

  • Carsten Schlipf

    A vaccum cleaner needs an air intake to be able to suck. From the shots the construction just seems to create a vaccum as it seals the mount and it will not be able to suck in anything from the pane of the sensor that’s deep in the body. Unless it’s so strong that it will suck air through leaks in the body.

  • Vladimir Ladev

    Vacumes suck air in and then out and particles get trapped in a bag so if this thing sucks particles out it must get air in so it might be from the seals of the camera or it may include some kind of internal chanel in the vacume lens but I don’t think it will be as efficient as it sounds.

  • Uniblab

    Look again. The outer area on the front of the device is an air intake with a filter to keep dust out. The air from inside is blown out through the center.

  • Adam Cross

    I’ll stick to standard wet cleaning, thanks.

  • erikstabile

    I don’t think the camera body was designed have its insides sucked… I’ll stick to the garden hose approach.

  • Andrew Iverson

    Ah, thanks for that. I was wondering why there was a filter on the front like that.

  • Barbara Jensen Harbach

    Here’s how you can tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese (for the most part, but not foolproof) If a word is multi-syllabic it is Japanese (think Tokyo or Nagasaki). If it is one syllable, it is Chinese (think Hong Kong).

  • One Was

    after yesterday’s “wash & rinse” cleaning “lesson”, i don’t believe anything anymore.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Seems like it is similar in concept to using a rocket blower? Except it filters the air slightly first? The rocket blowers take in ambient air and push it against the sensor, right?

  • Betty M. Bird

    saying you can’t get it in the US is false there are proxy services for Japan

  • Betty M. Bird

    That’s an interesting way to tell. If its in the native characters, Japan has 2 added alphabets(kana) called hiragana and katakana in addition to using the chinese characters.. So in the case of this article the very first image used is from a chinese website and the article that is captured in it is from a Japanese manufacturer,so I could easilty see how the confusion occured.

  • kbb

    This Strange Vacuum Cleaner Lens Will Suck the Dust Right Off Your Sensor”
    No, it won’t.

  • Carsten Schlipf

    But then I still doubt that it works, since Air intake and Air outtakes are directely next to each other on the pane of the mount. You still need wind directly on the sensor to achieve a cleaning effect.