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How To Clean My Lens?

 
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Mar 05, 2011 22:36 |  #1

What's the best way to clean my lens? After using my camera last night, I noticed there were some spots on my lens. I just used a cloth that I received from my optometrist. Was that a good idea? Is it a good idea to buy a cleaning kit?


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Mar 05, 2011 23:10 |  #2

I use a lens cloth, which I assume is basically the same thing your optometrist gave you.


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Mar 05, 2011 23:16 as a reply to  @ Gregg.Siam's post |  #3

The microfiber lens cloth is the best thing except for possibly PecPads. Avoid the so called lens tissues like the plague.


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Mar 05, 2011 23:31 |  #4

I use a "rocket blower" to clean dust/debris off - then fog and wipe w/a lens cloth (microfiber).


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Mar 06, 2011 00:27 as a reply to  @ hieu1004's post |  #5

lenspen is pretty effective for those hard to remove spots


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Mar 06, 2011 00:33 |  #6

I use microfiber cloth that I get from the auto parts store. Just some moist breath on the glass and that soft rag gets it clean every time.


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Mar 06, 2011 00:34 |  #7

lens pen and a rocket blower


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Mar 06, 2011 00:35 |  #8

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Mar 06, 2011 01:56 |  #9

Blower for dust and lenspen for finishing.


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Mar 06, 2011 06:30 |  #10

I generally use a micro-fibre cloth, but at times have been known to use a t-shirt.
The front element is a lot tougher than most people think.
These links might ease your concerns a bit
http://www.kurtmunger.​com/dirty_lens_article​id35.html (external link)
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http://www.lensrentals​.com …0/front-element-scratches (external link)


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Mar 06, 2011 06:42 |  #11

A squeeze-bulb blower such as a Rocket Blower by Giottos, quality lens tissue (such as that sold by Kodak and now Tiffen), a good lens cleaning fluid, and PROPER TECHNIQUE is the way that I have cleaned my lenses for decades.

What is "proper technique"?

First - the goal is to clean the lens (or filter - I would use the very same process) without grinding any dirt/debris into the lens. To me, this absolutely dictates single-use surfaces for anything that touches the lens. That's why I use lens tissues instead of a washable cloth or - particularly - something like a lens pen.

Here are the steps that I use to clean a lens:

1. Use a squeeze-bulb blower to blow any loose dust off the lens. 90% of the time, step 1 is all that is necessary.

2. Take a lens tissue out of the pack. Fold it once, holding only what was the ends of the tissue. You want to be extremely careful to NEVER TOUCH the areas of the lens tissue that will be touching the lens. This will avoid transferring oils from your fingers to the lens.

3. Moisten the folded portion of the lens tissue with a little lens cleaner. You don't want the tissue dripping wet, but it must be damp.

CAUTION: NEVER apply lens cleaner directly to the lens (though it won’t hurt a filter, you don’t want liquid leaking into the lens’ innards).

4. Wipe LIGHTLY across the lens ONCE with the damp tissue. Then either turn it over or fold it so that you can wipe again, but with an unused surface. You can do this as often as needed, as long as you never wipe the lens twice with any surface of the tissue. This prevents scratches. Again, make sure you never touch an area of the tissue that will touch the lens.

5. Ensuring that the lens is actually clean, use a dry tissue, handled the same way as above, to wipe the lens dry. Since you have already removed the dirt, there's no risk of scratching the lens with the dry tissue.

6. Dispose of the used lens tissues in a proper trash receptacle.

That's it in a nutshell. Simple and effective. I've been cleaning my lenses this way for over 40 years, and all of them have pristine glass (and none have ever worn "protective" filters).


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Mar 06, 2011 06:58 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #12

Rocket blower followed by LensPen followed by breath moisture followed by microfiber cloth. LensPen is particularly effective with greasy fingerprints and seagull droppings.




  
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Mar 06, 2011 07:22 |  #13

Basicaly what SkipD says - I use Eclipse solution and their tissues. I also avoid cleaning as much as possible - I keep the lens cap on when not shooting and use a rocket blower on both the lens and lens cap each time after shooting. Good practice to also keep the lens cap clean and avoid putting it in your pocket full of lint while you shoot etc. Always using a hood while you shoot also helps keep the need to clean to a minimum.


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Mar 07, 2011 00:53 |  #14

Thank you everybody for your help!


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Mar 07, 2011 00:54 |  #15

hieu1004 wrote in post #11964358 (external link)
I use a "rocket blower" to clean dust/debris off - then fog and wipe w/a lens cloth (microfiber).

Can I use a duster from those aerosol cans that we use on computers?


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