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Jun 05, 2011 21:03 |  #31

1000arms wrote in post #12542213 (external link)
By using a fresh, uncontaminated part of the tissue... :)

But...as soon as you moved it wouldn't it be contaminated? The only way you could use a fully uncontaminated one would be to dab, right?




  
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Jun 05, 2011 21:10 |  #32

1000arms wrote in post #12542213 (external link)
By using a fresh, uncontaminated part of the tissue... :)

You're not getting it. Once you touch the clean tissue to the dirty lens, the tissue is no longer clean.


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Jun 05, 2011 21:37 |  #33

dalto wrote in post #12542280 (external link)
But...as soon as you moved it wouldn't it be contaminated? The only way you could use a fully uncontaminated one would be to dab, right?

tgara wrote in post #12542342 (external link)
You're not getting it. Once you touch the clean tissue to the dirty lens, the tissue is no longer clean.

You (both) might want to read SkipD's post again (#2 in this thread). If you do, please note item 4 of SkipD's post. The wiping with a wet and clean section helps to move particles and gather them up, which is why by using a fresh, uncontaminated part of the tissue, one ensures that one is using a material that does not have any particles embedded in it.

Feel free to use microfiber for that if you want. That is a choice you can make. :)




  
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Jun 05, 2011 21:42 |  #34

tgara wrote in post #12542342 (external link)
You're not getting it. Once you touch the clean tissue to the dirty lens, the tissue is no longer clean.

Step #4 of my process involves using the WET tissue with virtually NO PRESSURE on the lens. The idea is to pick up any particles that weren't removed with step #1 without risking grinding them into the lens (due to the very light touch).

I'll guarantee you that my procedure works. I have NEVER scratched a single camera lens in 45 years of cleaning lenses and I have worked with my cameras in quite a few rather dirty environments such as motocross tracks as one example.


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Jun 05, 2011 21:54 |  #35

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Step #4 of my process involves using the WET tissue with virtually NO PRESSURE on the lens. The idea is to pick up any particles that weren't removed with step #1 without risking grinding them into the lens (due to the very light touch).

I'll guarantee you that my procedure works. I have NEVER scratched a single camera lens in 45 years of cleaning lenses and I have worked with my cameras in quite a few rather dirty environments such as motocross tracks as one example.

And to present the dissenting opinion...

I, too, have never scratched a single camera lens in 46 years of cleaning lenses, and I have worked with my cameras in quite a few dirty and sandy environments such as ocean beaches, and I have used microfiber cloths for almost half of those years (the other half I followed SkipD's methodology before microfiber was invented ! :lol: ).

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BTW, I just ran across a Leica FAQ web page that says to use microfiber. http://nemeng.com/leic​a/020e.shtml (external link)


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Jun 05, 2011 22:33 as a reply to  @ post 12540633 |  #36

I just find the lens tissue with cleaner so convenient for cleaning. They're disposable and as long as you are careful to clean with unused sections then it should be fine. Then I dry with a microfiber.

I sometimes use a separate "wet" microfiber cloth that acts like the lens tissue with cleaner. I pour/dab the lens cleaner on the cloth (not on the lens) always. Then, I use another microfiber to dry the lens.


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Jun 06, 2011 03:15 |  #37

I heard that Chuck Norris uses an angle grinder to clean his lenses. And Ken Rockwell never cleans his, because they just never get dirty to begin with.


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Jun 06, 2011 09:12 |  #38

great tip on cleaning the lens. maybe I should stop using my shirt to clean it




  
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Jun 06, 2011 11:45 |  #39

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great tip on cleaning the lens. maybe I should stop using my shirt to clean it

Well, microfiber is made out of polyester. And white T-shirts are made out of pure cotton. And optical manufacturers endorse both 'pure white cotton' balls and microfiber cloths to clean their lenses. So really, the only issue of using your shirt tails is the fact that it has been on your body picking up salts and oils from your skin, and/or the fact that it has been worn for 4 days and picked up off the heap of worn clothes on the floor and sniffed before being re-worn ;)


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Jun 06, 2011 12:29 |  #40

Wilt wrote in post #12545658 (external link)
and/or the fact that it has been worn for 4 days and picked up off the heap of worn clothes on the floor and sniffed before being re-worn ;)

:shock: I don't know what you mean ;)




  
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Jun 06, 2011 17:06 |  #41

jcho wrote in post #12545912 (external link)
:shock: I don't know what you mean ;)

If it passes the "sniff" test... nevermind. Heh. ;)


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Jun 06, 2011 17:33 |  #42

I don't know, with due respect to everyone here, I think any reasonable way you clean your lenses, be it with a micro cloth that's washed from time to time, or lens tissue, is fine. You should see how professionals in the field do it, the untucked corner of a shirt, etc. And they get paid big bucks for their work and have gallery shows with it.

That said, I'm as compulsive as anyone else when I have the time.


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Jun 06, 2011 18:05 |  #43

tvphotog wrote in post #12547649 (external link)
You should see how professionals in the field do it, the untucked corner of a shirt, etc. And they get paid big bucks for their work and have gallery shows with it.

Perhaps those big bucks allow them to replace damaged lenses or have them repaired more readily than most of us.

On the other hand, I'll keep using microfiber cloths as I've been doing for about 20 years now and I yet have to write off a lens because of it. Lens cleaning is apparently a lot like going to Rome.


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Jun 06, 2011 18:33 |  #44

I just bought some microfiber cloths with one side rubberized for ease of use (from Lensmateonline). I'm sure they are available in lots of places, but they sure work well.. and I did an evil thing and bought a lenspen too.... am I doomed?


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Jun 06, 2011 19:15 |  #45

rvdw98 wrote in post #12547828 (external link)
Perhaps those big bucks allow them to replace damaged lenses or have them repaired more readily than most of us.

Yes, and in many cases, the publication pays for their gear.


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