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Old 7th of July 2010 (Wed)   #1
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Default good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

hi guys am looking for a good microfiber cloth that does not leave any dust behind after wiping and also a blower that does not blow dust out..
been using a rocket blower and at time it blows dust out also when i open up what i found is white sand like particles even after cleaning it.
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Default Re: good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

Yikes. Sounds like your rocket is breaking down. For micro-fiber cloths, I've always used the free-bees that Costco hands out for glasses.
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Default Re: good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

Microfiber cloths at a certain point are all equal. If you get dust with a microfiber cloth, it's usually because the cloth is dirty (collected dust or fibers from other sources). Try to ziplock bag your microfiber cloth when it's not in use. Replace regularly.
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Default Re: good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

I prefer lens cleaning tissue/fluid to a micro-fiber cloth. Eventually they get dirty and useless. Lens cleaning tissue is clean every time because you only use it once.
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Microfiber cloths are easy to wash. I just put them in a tupperware container with a drop or two of dish soap and shake for a few seconds. Rinse well and hang to dry. They clean right up.
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Yikes. Sounds like your rocket is breaking down.
This. They need to be replaced once the rubber starts to dry out and break down.
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Default Re: good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

the cleaning microfiber cloths at radtech.com is pretty good quality...
but i'm sure you can also find a bunch of them from your old glasses cases...
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Default Re: good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

I use lens tissues and lens pens to clean lenses. The only thing that I use a microfiber cloth for is wiping the outside of lenses and camera bodies. I get a new rocket blower every year. Too cheap to take the risk that they get contaminated.
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I use the large heavy smooth microfiber cloths from www.2filter.com. They're smooth like the eyeglass clothes, but much thicker. They come as 6x6 and 12x12 inches. Washable and last forever.
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Local Dollarama for microfiber cloths. About a foot square and, guess...$1 each.

I use one up every 6 months or so. It ends up doing other service.

I clean my lenses maybe after every 10 times I go out, unless they get wet or a fingerprint manages to land on a lens surface (extrememy rare) or I am bored (also extremely rare).

After shooting for decades, I find cleaning lens surfaces is mostly a waste of time, and at least an opportunity to damage it.
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The Eyelead blowers are the best, IMHO.
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The Eyelead blowers are the best, IMHO.
+1 better than the Giottos rocket blowers
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Default Re: good micro fiber cloth and air blow to recommend.

I use Kenair Air Duster, a compressed air canister. Used with care* it is several leagues ahead of any puffer I have ever seen. It is certainly not the horror that some make it out to be and it has been claimed that Canons own techs use something similar.

* It has to be kept bolt upright and cleared of any fluid before use, then operated in short bursts to avoid freezing the air. That, a microfibre cloth and a sensorpen do me. I do own an Arctic Butterfly, but its far too expensive and pretty useless.
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Microfiber cloths at a certain point are all equal. If you get dust with a microfiber cloth, it's usually because the cloth is dirty (collected dust or fibers from other sources). Try to ziplock bag your microfiber cloth when it's not in use. Replace regularly.
I've used MF cloth for many years to detail my cars, and I can tell you that while chemically they are the same, the (plastic) fibers are woven differently from different manufacturers. Some have a smooth feel but no nap (such as the Microstar cloths sold by B&H and elsewhere -- awful!). Others are soft with a larger nap. I prefer the latter, especially the 3M cloths:

http://www.amazon.com/3M-Microfiber-...9481085&sr=8-1

I have about half a dozen of these around for cleaning glasses, binoculars, and my camera lenses.

Microfiber is washable. When dirty, I run my MF cloths through the washing machine on warm, with a bit of detergent and NO softener. Dry on low, and you're good to go!
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I use cloths from here:

http://photodon.com/

And as mentioned above wash them in a plastic container with dish soap and rinse VERY well.
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