We welcome Photographic Solutions as John Sexton Photography Workshop’s latest associate partner. In the late 1980’s I first purchased a product called PEC-12 from Light Impressions. PEC-12 is a non-water based film and print cleaner. I have found it extremely helpful in removing some stubborn marks on negatives not soluble with other types of film cleaners. However, my first approach to removing unwanted marks on film is to simply re-wash the film, followed by a bath in distilled water with Edwal LFN as a wetting agent. If the marks don’t dissolve in water, then they will need a stronger solvent of some sort, and I have found PEC-12 to be extremely effective in such situations. PEC-12 works very well in situations where you might have some type of foreign material on a print. I have used it with great success in restoring photographs that have been brought to me after they have had some type of mis-handling during their life.
Along with PEC-12, I have used PEC PADs since their introduction. PEC PADs are lint-free and pure pads that will not scratch most materials. They are perfect for use with PEC-12 and anytime you need to wipe apply distilled water, or any type of cleaner, to a fragile surface.
Recently, when Anne and I were replacing the filters in the variable contrast heads on one of our Omega LPL enlargers, as one of the filters had cracked, we encountered a situation of “gunk” that was on the new filters. I tried my normal film cleaner and simply could not remove it. I remembered I had recently purchased Eclipse Optic Cleaning Fluid, but had not yet used it. I tried it and it worked beautifully. I was so impressed that I contacted David Stone, the owner of Photographic Solutions, to compliment him on his product. That conversation led to our new partnership.
Eclipse is a very effective lens cleaner. It can also be used for many digital camera sensors. Photographic Solutions offers a number of cleaning and maintenance tools for digital cameras. PEC-12, PEC PADs, and Eclipse, as well as the pre-moistened E-Wipes which are fantastic to keep in your photographic “tool kit. It’s great to work with people who are dedicated to quality and serving the needs of photographers – like David and his company, Photographic Solutions.
“Whether I’m filming in the arid, dusty conditions of the East African savannahs or in the frigid, violent winds of the Patagonian pampas, I’ve found Eclipse® ideal for cleaning my lenses quickly and without streaks.”
Just so you know……
I have 10 Canon SLR’s – 7D’s, 5D MKII’s and now a 5D MkIII. I’ve been using Eclipse when I have to wet clean and never had a problem with it. Now, after four years or so, my bottle of Eclipse is about empty. I forgot where I purchased it and, figuring that all sensor cleaning solutions were the same, purchased a 1/2 ounce bottle of “VDust Plus” from a Canadian firm. I just spent an hour trying to wet clean a sensor and just couldn’t get it streak-free.
I used the last couple of drops of my Eclipse and – not a single streak. AHA! So I did my research and found “Photographic Solutions” again and I just ordered another two ounce $10.25 bottle of Eclipse. By the way, the 1/2 ounce bottle of streak-producing fluid cost $25.00 and the shipping was $17
Thanks again! Chris Kight Sacramento
Photographic Solutions has come out with a new lens cleaner and photo wipes. Like their other products, the lens cleaner and photo wipes have been rigorously tested and work wonders. I am using them exclusively now to clean my camera optics.”
Mo Yung Productions
Hi David, Just a note to tell you that your Sensor Swabs and Eclipse are a great “solution” to cleaning the CCD on my Nikon D1H.
I tried several other routes including a dust blower and none of them really clean the CCD like the swabs. It is so damn irritating to find dust spots on every photo from a shoot that I keep the swabs in my camera bag and clean the CCD before each shoot. I change lenses frequently and this is the be way I know to get rid of the dust and specks that seem irresistibly drawn to the CCD. A great product; every Nikon owner should own it.
Jack Goodman Pumpkin Cay Assoicates. Middlebury Vermont.