Cleaning debris from a camera lens isn’t a glamorous task, but it’s something that you’ll want to do on a regular basis to keep your photos and videos looking sharp. Dust and debris are bound to make their way to your camera lens, and even the sensor for interchangeable lens cameras. That’s where Giottos’ Rocket Air Blaster comes it. It’s a simple, effective, and inexpensive tool for quickly maintaining your expensive camera equipment. Have a look at our brief, hands-on video walkthrough for more details.

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Specifications

  • Upright standing thanks to legs
  • 7.5-inches tall
  • 2.25-inch nozzle
  • 2.4-inch diameter
  • One-way valve for distributing dust-free air
  • No whistle noise
  • Durable long-lasting rubber construction

The rocket design of Giottos’ Air Blaster tends to leave a lasting impression. Not only is the tool useful for cleaning lenses, sensors, and other areas prone to dust and small debris, but the product’s fun rocket design is one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The design is not only fun, but practical, seeing as the rocket’s legs allow it to easily stand upright on a desk or shelf. The easy-to-spot red plastic nozzel, which appears in stark contrast next to the Air Blaster’s black rubber body, makes it stand out for quick retrieval.

Video walkthrough

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But what really makes this product so useful is the amount of air that it’s capable of blowing out by means of a simple squeeze on the rubber body. A quick, short squeeze provides a strong burst of air that easily drives debris and dust off and away from a camera lens or sensor. I was skeptical about how well such a hand-powered tool would work, but I’m happy to report that it works surprisingly well — I use it on a regular basis to clean my Panasonic Lumix GH5, and my 12-35 f/2.8 lens.

Even better is the fact that Giottos’ Air Blaster works for a variety of different applications outside of the camera universe. Anything that you’d normally use a can of compressed air on, is a potential candidate. The benefit is that the Rocket Air Blaster never runs out of air as long as there’s a hand willing to give it a squeeze. Unlike a can of a compressed air, you don’t have to worry about a can getting cold, or the freezing cold air with its corresponding condensation that’s capable of damaging sensitive products.

Other smart features include a one-way input valve at the bottom of the unit that helps to lessen the chance of redistributing dust. The 2.25-inch nozzle is also designed in a way to prevent potentially-annoying whistling sounds when sending air through the unit.

Obviously the Rocket Air Blaster won’t be as strong as a can of compressed air, but I think you might be surprised at just how strong the puffs of air provided by this unit can be.

If there’s one complaint to be had, it’s that some people might not enjoy the rubber smell, but I didn’t find it particularly offensive. For less than $15 dollars, you can pick up a tool that’s become somewhat ubiquitous for camera maintenance. Giottos’ well-designed Rocket Air Blaster is available via Amazon, or directly from our friends over at B&H Photo.

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