After taking a bunch of pictures with visible splotches from sawdust, I figured it was time to get some proper lens cleaning tools. One of the first tools I needed was an air blower. After some searching, I found numerous recommendations for the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster blower.
Giottos offers the air blower in 4 sizes:
- Large (in Black AA1900, and Red AA1903): 7.5″ long, 2.4″ diameter, 2.25″ long nozzle
- Medium (AA1910): 6.6″ long, 2.1″ diameter, 2.25″ long nozzle
- Small (AA1920): 5.3″ long, 2.1″ diameter, 2.0″ long nozzle
- Q-Ball (CL2810 ): 5.5″ long, 2.6″ diameter, 2.0″ long nozzle tilts 60°
Only the large has a second color option, with a red bulb and white nozzle.
Stuart’s Note: I have large and small Giottos Rocket Air Blasters and am always misplacing them. Maybe red will stand out a little better. The small is easier to travel with, the large is still small enough to keep in a drawer.
The bulbs are made from silicone rubber. Silicone rubber is relatively inert: it doesn’t react with most chemicals, and doesn’t break down with UV or heat, so the blowers should last a long time. It also “rebounds” quickly, so you can pump a lot of air with one of the bulbs.
Air enters the bulb through a separate one-way valve, so you aren’t sucking up airborne dust back into the bulb. The long thin tip helps you get into hard to reach places. The Q-Ball version of the Rocket Air Blaster even has an adjustable angle nozzle.
The small is currently an add-on item at Amazon, for $7.49, and the large is $12. The large red Rocket Air Blaster is $12 via Amazon, the black one is $12 via 3rd party seller.
I picked up the black Rocket Air Blaster a few weeks ago and was really impressed. The first thing you’ll notice is that it is really large, it’s not the dainty little blower that comes in a lot of generic camera accessory kits. Above is a picture of the blower in my hand. For reference, I usually wear a medium size glove.
In fact, the full sized Rocket Air Blaster rivals the size of my Sony A5100 camera body, so it’s probably not the air blower you what to pack in your camera bag unless you carry a very large bag. Size has it’s advantages though — it can move a lot of air.
Giottos Says their Rocket Air Blaster isn’t just for blowing off cameras and lenses. They say it’s the best way to blow off filters, keyboards, and other places where dust resides. I’ve found the Rocket Air Blaster to be powerful enough to replace a pressurized air can in some circumstances.
It definitely is powerful enough to push the dust out of a keyboard. And while I used it to blow the dust out of my computer case, that was probably a little too much to ask.
I’m thinking that I’m going to order one of the smaller Rocket Air Blaster blowers for my camera bag and keep the larger one at my electronics desk with my other shop photography supplies. I think it’ll come in handy for blowing the dust out of small electronics as well as keeping my lens dust free.
Stuart’s Note: I tend to only take my small Giottos Rocket Air Blaster on longer trips when I do lots of lens changes. It’s what I’ll use in case dust gets into the camera body or on the camera-side lens interior. For clearing the front of a lens, a LensPen (~$9 via Amazon) tends to work well, with its retractable brush and cleaning pad.
Network technician is one of the many roles I’ve played, and I can also see the Rocket Air Blaster being something handy to have in your toolbox. Underneath tables and the insides of network cabinets can breed large dust bunnies. Canned air will run out and can’t be used at weird angles — plus it stops working if you get it too cold.
Finally, I created a short video do demonstrate just how much air this blower puts out.