The camera blower has become a constant fixture in many photographers lives. These small, lightweight devices make it easy to blow dust and debris off cameras, lenses and other gear.

They typically cost between $9 and $15 and up until now, the Giottos AA1900 Large Rocket Blaster has been my favorite. Not any more – enter the Zeeion™ Blower from Visible Dust. The new king of rocket blowers.

The Zeeion™ Blower is an anti-static blower. The theory is that when you use a traditional blower, you increase static because most of these devices are made of rubber. Visible Dust’s blower stops the dust from re-attaching to the surface by neutralizing the static charges.

The Zeeion™ Blower also has a one way valve that prevents dust intake. Again, if you use a traditional blower, once you squeeze it to force all the air out, it has to refill with air when you stop squeezing. The Zeeion™ Blower ships with a valve that prevents this from happening in the same way. The air is filtered coming back in.

Finally – the Zeeion™ Blower is protected by filters at both ends that prevent foreign matter intake.

Does it work? As far as I can tell – yes. I don’t have any scientific gear that would help me verify how many dust particles are landing on my lenses or sensor, but I can say that it makes me feel better to be operating with all this cool technology.

Visible Dust is either VERY good at marketing or their stuff works, because many professionals that I know use it. I use their sensor cleaning materials too. Unfortunately, it’s all very expensive.

The retail price of the Zeeion™ Blower is $37.33 US plus shipping. As far as I can tell, that makes it the most expensive blower in the world.

Okay – now go ahead and laugh. But I actually like this thing.

For more information visit http://www.visibledust.com.

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  1. Received my Zeeion Blower a week ago. Used it on my wife’s D40. Air blast is about the force the Rocket blower, from what I can tell. I’ll take VisibleDust’s word on the technology. I too have always been pleased with their products.

  2. Received my Zeeion Blower a week ago. Used it on my wife’s D40. Air blast is about the force the Rocket blower, from what I can tell. I’ll take VisibleDust’s word on the technology. I too have always been pleased with their products.

  3. Scott:

    Thanks for the tip. And there goes another $46. :)

    By the way, Adorama sells it for $46 with no shipping. A bit better deal for U.S. residents.

  4. Scott:

    Thanks for the tip. And there goes another $46. :)

    By the way, Adorama sells it for $46 with no shipping. A bit better deal for U.S. residents.

  5. I too have the Giottos Super Rocket-air Blower. They have two new models, the Q-Ball Air Blower with tripod base and the Co-Co Air Blower with suction cup. But I think this new Zeeion Blower might be the new purchase for me.

  6. I too have the Giottos Super Rocket-air Blower. They have two new models, the Q-Ball Air Blower with tripod base and the Co-Co Air Blower with suction cup. But I think this new Zeeion Blower might be the new purchase for me.

  7. I like the colour, so I’d probably buy one too.

  8. I like the colour, so I’d probably buy one too.

  9. Hang on, how does the Zeeion refill with air? You mean it goes in through the top? I have a blower and air goes in through a valve at the top – which means dust still can get in, just not back from the front. The static stuff sounds like marketing to me.

    The only problem I have with my blower is that the nozzle is plastic and separate from the bulb. If I squeeze too vigourously (and we know we all have), I end up ejecting the hard plastic nozzle at great force into whatever delicate thing I was blowing. Fortunately, I haven’t done this to my sensor, but I have shot it into the front of my lenses and filters. :0

    Looks like the Zeeion has a similar plastic nozzle.

  10. Hang on, how does the Zeeion refill with air? You mean it goes in through the top? I have a blower and air goes in through a valve at the top – which means dust still can get in, just not back from the front. The static stuff sounds like marketing to me.

    The only problem I have with my blower is that the nozzle is plastic and separate from the bulb. If I squeeze too vigourously (and we know we all have), I end up ejecting the hard plastic nozzle at great force into whatever delicate thing I was blowing. Fortunately, I haven’t done this to my sensor, but I have shot it into the front of my lenses and filters. :0

    Looks like the Zeeion has a similar plastic nozzle.

  11. Scott, you like it simply because it IS the world’s most expensive! ;)

    anyway this looks pretty neat, but I do love my rocketblaster! and the name and look, however when it dies (doubtful) I’ll upgrade.

  12. Scott, you like it simply because it IS the world’s most expensive! ;)

    anyway this looks pretty neat, but I do love my rocketblaster! and the name and look, however when it dies (doubtful) I’ll upgrade.

  13. Too bad Scott you didn’t have this blower when you shot Cranes in the mist. Just think how much better it would have been:-)
    Stuff like this won’t make your photography better. It’ll just make the Chinese richer.

  14. I lost my rocket blower recently (no, I didn’t have it confiscated by TSA like some people). I have been looking for a replacement though certainly wasn’t looking for something this pricey.
    Will take a look over here in the UK.

  15. I lost my rocket blower recently (no, I didn’t have it confiscated by TSA like some people). I have been looking for a replacement though certainly wasn’t looking for something this pricey.
    Will take a look over here in the UK.

  16. Sorry Scott, but this is not even close to being the most expensive. Look up the battery powered (remember still portable) FireFly nrdfirefly.com. It goes for a mere $199.95, seriously. This one looks much more realistically priced, but I am skeptical like mrkgoo these passive ionizers have been proven to be worthless – this one might be different though. Hey, please be on the podcast (TWIP) I hear you on MacBreak (even though I use PC’s) and miss your input on TWIP.

  17. Sorry Scott, but this is not even close to being the most expensive. Look up the battery powered (remember still portable) FireFly nrdfirefly.com. It goes for a mere $199.95, seriously. This one looks much more realistically priced, but I am skeptical like mrkgoo these passive ionizers have been proven to be worthless – this one might be different though. Hey, please be on the podcast (TWIP) I hear you on MacBreak (even though I use PC’s) and miss your input on TWIP.

  18. BTW. Before I use the Rocket Blower, I bombard the sensor with Alpha particles from the polonium-210 strip on a Staticmaster brush by removing the polonium module from the brush and simply holding the polonium module in the lens mount for a few seconds.

    After using this static neutralizing technique for a couple years now, it does seem to me that it is easer to get rid of sensor dust with the air blast from the Rocket blower using this technique than using the Rocket blower by itself.

    The Zeeion Blower should enhance my polonium-210 trick and maybe even make it unnecessary.

  19. BTW. Before I use the Rocket Blower, I bombard the sensor with Alpha particles from the polonium-210 strip on a Staticmaster brush by removing the polonium module from the brush and simply holding the polonium module in the lens mount for a few seconds.

    After using this static neutralizing technique for a couple years now, it does seem to me that it is easer to get rid of sensor dust with the air blast from the Rocket blower using this technique than using the Rocket blower by itself.

    The Zeeion Blower should enhance my polonium-210 trick and maybe even make it unnecessary.

  20. The one-way valve would do nothing to stop dust from entering the blower; it is still pulling dust in on the back side, so while you may not be recycling dust directly, you are still going to pull in dust.

    I would worry about introducing a specific charge into the camera. I know that at least my camera has a high pass filter in front of the sensor that changes the surface charge to help remove dust before cleaning, and building up a charge on any electronic device is not a good idea.

    The only thing that looks good here is the filter in the front end to block bigger pieces of dust.

  21. The one-way valve would do nothing to stop dust from entering the blower; it is still pulling dust in on the back side, so while you may not be recycling dust directly, you are still going to pull in dust.

    I would worry about introducing a specific charge into the camera. I know that at least my camera has a high pass filter in front of the sensor that changes the surface charge to help remove dust before cleaning, and building up a charge on any electronic device is not a good idea.

    The only thing that looks good here is the filter in the front end to block bigger pieces of dust.

  22. “$37.33 US plus shipping. As far as I can tell, that makes it the most expensive blower in the world.”

    Reeeeeally?!?

    There is a joke here about expensive blowing that I’m not going to make in hopes that this comment makes it past moderation.

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