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How to clean filters in the field...primarily sea mist

 
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Oct 21, 2017 11:31 |  #1

As I've started to use filters, I noticed that sea mist will build up and not only degrade image quality but also cause flare. How do you all mitigate this? I have a feeling if I just wipe with a microfiber cloth, I could potentially scratch the filter assuming the mist is salt based.

I'm thinking I remove the filter every time I see too much build up and poor some fresh bottle water on the filter, then wipe with microfiber cloth. Would this be good? Is it going overboard?

The other alternative is to sell my 6D, and get a Sony or Nikon, expose for the sky, and lift my foreground shadows as needed. :lol:


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Oct 21, 2017 11:38 |  #2

You could use a little bottle of distilled water and just take it with you. Remove the filter, cover the lens, dribble some distilled water on there and soak it up with rolled cotton (no wiping). If it's that bad.

There is a little salt if you're taking splashes and the droplets can of course hold sediment. The vapor can carry a larger molecule like salt too. Humidity however does not carry anything but the water.

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Oct 21, 2017 12:29 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #3

Thanks. I didn't think of using distilled water. That's a better idea.


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Oct 21, 2017 12:41 |  #4

Put the distilled water into an empty spray bottle (you can buy these in many places...perhaps you could find SMALL spray bottle that is easy to bring along, in a drugstore like CVS or Riteaid in their small travel-sized product area).
Then you spray the front of the filter with a mist of distilled water, and wipe with a dry soft tissue or microfiber cloth


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Oct 21, 2017 12:59 |  #5

These are amazing. A very, very fine spray, well constructed.. not expensive: https://www.amazon.com …age_o05_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)


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Oct 21, 2017 14:55 |  #6

Phoenixkh wrote in post #18477612 (external link)
These are amazing. A very, very fine spray, well constructed.. not expensive: https://www.amazon.com …age_o05_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

I had in mind something much smaller, like this which is only 4.5" tall

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Oct 22, 2017 12:19 |  #7

I have the similar issues too. Personally, I won't need to clean it in the field because I won't have the time since I generally shoot during the late evening....with about 2 hours of window the most. It takes me 5 minutes to setup the shot though. I am already at a handful fumbling my ND filters, lens hood, and CPL, remote, eye cup cap, etc. Now, I have to clean 3 filters every time I am done with the shot???? Hehehehe..... I try to work quickly and to get the shot. I am not getting THAT much ocean sprays anyway. If so, I am too close to the sea and my body would be in danger of getting wet too.

I generally clean my filters once I am home using a brand new ped pac.


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Oct 26, 2017 14:16 |  #8

If filter will be scratched it is not so big deal to still take pictures with it. As long as it is not over priced one, they don't cost a furtune. BH has good selection of reasonable filters.

Some lenses have deep hood helping with keeping it dry. Like 70-200 F4 L hood.

I think, moisture keeps dust off the air. It is on sunny days with the wind then lot of dust could be in the air. Depends on sand type.


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