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Oct 02, 2009 10:07 |  #1

What is the recommended fluid to use to clean lenses? My 17-55 f/2.8 IS is a dust magnet as well as seems to get spots on the front very often. I don't know what causes it, but it is always dirty. My 70-200 never has these problems but I'm constantly having to clean the front of the 17-55.


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Oct 02, 2009 10:15 |  #2

Are you spraying the lens with dust attractant?! ;)

If the lens does not have a greasy fingerprint, I advocate only a huff of breath followed by a wipe with Kodak lens tissue or a microfiber cloth. (Do NOT use eye glass tissues, even those made by Zeiss!) A microfiber cloth gets even greasy finger prints off, while an ordinary lens tissue might only smear it around.

Some advocate the Lenspen, which is a dry agent and leaves specs of carbon that then need to be blown off...what's the point of that?!

When you have to use liquid I advocate the use of Kodak Lens Cleaning Fluid or ROR (Residual Oil Remover).

I just cleaned my 17-55mm lens for the first time in a year. It is like 'Spring cleaning' for me.

(And I used it as an opportunity to re-evaluate the complaints about cleaning Hoya filters, too...cleaning the filter was no more work than simply cleaning the Canon lens or a B+W filter, so I don't understand why all the complaints in this area about Hoya cleaning. If Hoya came out with the HD, there must be some improvement but I don't see the non-HD as having a cleaining issue!)


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Oct 02, 2009 10:17 |  #3

Wilt wrote in post #8747233 (external link)
Are you spraying the lens with dust attractant?! ;)

If the lens does not have a greasy fingerprint, I advocate only a huff of breath followed by a wipe with Kodak lens tissue or a microfiber cloth. (Do NOT use eye glass tissues, even those made by Zeiss!) A microfiber cloth gets even greasy finger prints off, while an ordinary lens tissue might only smear it around.

Some advocate the Lenspen, which is a dry agent and leaves specs of carbon that then need to be blown off...what's the point of that?!

When you have to use liquid I advocate the use of Kodak Lens Cleaning Fluid or ROR (Residual Oil Remover).

It sure seems like it.

I use a cloth, ProMaster or something it was a $5 long life lens cloth. I have a lens pen, but I wasn't so impressed with it. I found it much easier to use a cloth.

Is there a brand for ROR? Is there any benefit to either one over the other.


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Oct 02, 2009 10:19 |  #4

Saxi wrote in post #8747243 (external link)
It sure seems like it.

I use a cloth, ProMaster or something it was a $5 long life lens cloth. I have a lens pen, but I wasn't so impressed with it. I found it much easier to use a cloth.

Is there a brand for ROR? Is there any benefit to either one over the other.

'ROR' is the brand. Google it.

I presume your Promaster is microfiber...be sure to regularly launder it.


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Oct 02, 2009 10:22 |  #5

i use microtek cleaning fiber cloth to clean my lenses and i use a lens cleaning agent that i bought from my local camera shop and it says on the back of the bottle "anti fog" so far so good with me.


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Oct 02, 2009 11:44 |  #6

Wilt.....Why do you not recommend using the Zeiss lens cleaning cloths?


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Oct 02, 2009 12:01 |  #7

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Wilt.....Why do you not recommend using the Zeiss lens cleaning cloths?

Because a person on POTN complained about buying a box of those and having signficant residue left visible on the coatings of the lens.

Examples of the diss'ing http://healthybubble.c​om …ZU/CustomerRevi​ews/page:1 (external link)
"I bought these despite some of the negative reviews here due to streaking. I can confirm this. I bought these primarily for my glasses as well as camera lenses and they do not deliver. Every cleaning leaves streaks on my glasses. I used one on my Wide Angle lens which is three hundred dollars and not only did it leave streaks, but a strange film as well. It took me nearly 5 minutes with a number of lens cleaning tissue and solution just to get my lens clean and it usually only takes me 40 seconds. Do not buy. "


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Oct 02, 2009 15:47 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #8

I've used the Zeiss pre-moistened for close to ten years and have never had a problem. Always keep some in my bags. I buy them at Wal-Mart a pack of 50 for $3 or so. I also use microfiber cloths, a blower and my breath. I have a lens pen but I don't think I ever bothered to use it.


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Jan 12, 2011 12:38 |  #9

Sorry to resurrect, but I have recently used Zeiss wipes (Sam's Club), and the key is to open the package, unfold the towel, wait 20-30 seconds to allow the towel to dry a bit, then use. Perfect results if you follow this. The are just too wet directly out of the package.


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Jan 12, 2011 12:52 |  #10

When I have time, I'll sit and ball up a Tiffen filter paper and moisten with two drops of lens cleaner from B&H or www.2filter.com (external link), then wipe with a new clean filter paper. In the field I use the microfiber cloths sold by 2 filter.


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Jan 12, 2011 13:13 |  #11

I ended up getting some 1000 grit sand paper, it seems to work really well.


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Jan 12, 2011 13:15 |  #12

I find a good quality grain based vodka works well. An if the lens doesn't come clean you can always have a cocktail.


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Jan 12, 2011 19:50 |  #13

I cut up micro fiber and use once .
I use Kodak lens paper once - get it off ebay cheap .
If you wash , you can pick up anything in washer .
The last thing you washed could have had a softener or static thing in it . Your cloth can be static-ly charged causing it to attract dust .


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Jan 12, 2011 19:59 |  #14

I just think Lens Pen is the easiest way to clean a lens. I got a few months back, it works very well for me.


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Jan 12, 2011 20:17 |  #15

nhglamour wrote in post #11628138 (external link)
I just think Lens Pen is the easiest way to clean a lens. I got a few months back, it works very well for me.

That's what I've been using for a bit now. The 17-55 is just a dust magnet though, and it is mostly behind the first glass.


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