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How To Clean My Lens?

 
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Mar 08, 2011 00:48 |  #31

Rai33 wrote in post #11971210 (external link)
I usually chuck it into a clean section of my camera bag.

Good idea.


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Mar 08, 2011 00:50 |  #32

Bill Boehme wrote in post #11971309 (external link)
Uh, that would be a lint-free cloth unless things work differently in Oz.

The best type of lint-free cloth are the microfiber cloths designed for cleaning glasses and lenses. There are a number of different kinds of microfiber cloths including those sold in the automobile section of WalMart -- those are good for cleaning your auto, but not the same as lens cleaning cloths. Also, many people do not quite understand that even the best cloth gets dirty and must either be cleaned (not in the clothes washer) or replaced occasionally.

You're right, even the best cloths get dirty.


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Mar 08, 2011 00:53 |  #33

DutchVince wrote in post #11976312 (external link)
Interesting, my experience is the opposite of yours.

I tried microfibre cloth for a short while but I have no use for them.
I now avoid them like the plague: anything that touches my lens gets thrown away immediately because after using a cloth once or twice it will smear finger-grease/oil all over the place. I could never keep the d@mn cloths clean for longer than one cleaning session: just by touching them you contaminate them with finger grease and dust/sand which is worse. In no time at all they scratch your lens coating (maybe you won't see it, but on a microscopic level they will scratch nonetheless). Also they don't absorb oily/fatty smears as well as optical tissue, they just smear it around.

So I almost totally agree with SkipD and his procedure (except for the LensPen which I use with great caution):


The last 30 years or so I use high grade optical tissues used for microscopes and such.
The high grade type does not scratch the lens coating and absorbs oil quite well.
Use once and discard.

Since a couple of weeks I use LensPen to get rid of smears and water spots only. I was very sceptical but I'm a believer now:
works even better than optical tissue. It is unbelievable how clean my lenses are at the moment.
(and this is the first time I let something touch a lens more than once :) )
Since I am still concerned with dust/sand I will buy a new LensPen regularly.
I also use them only when the tissue fails to remove a spot or smear.

Thanks for the thorough comment!


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Mar 08, 2011 00:54 |  #34

tgara wrote in post #11977247 (external link)
Here's the official Canon lens cleaning video showing how it should be done. Straight from the source...

http://cpn.canon-europe.com …terclass/lens_c​leaning.do (external link)

Nice, thank you!


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Mar 08, 2011 01:11 |  #35

fvsurfer wrote in post #11978039 (external link)
Are you serious? I should have just ignored this comment.

Don't worry surfer I questioned it...twice. A wet tissue (not dry as it will scratch) and use the cloth to dry it in a circular motion....:shock:


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