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Jun 02, 2011 16:26 |  #1

Yesterday I got home and grabbed my camera and headed back out to take some storm shots. I raced to a nearby high point overlooking the valley and started taking photos. It was starting to sprinkle and even though there was a hood on my lens a drop of water landed on it. Since I hadn't taken the time to grab my camera bag I wiped it with my shirt and it created a smear. So that ended my shooting. I went home and got my lens cleaning tissues out but whatever was there was stubborn. It finally came off but it got me to wondering. What is the best lens cleaning liquid to more easily remove these kinds of stubborn smears without damaging an lens coating?


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Jun 02, 2011 16:36 |  #2

What did you smear onto your lens? That sort of dictates what type of cleaner would be best.

I probably don't even need to say it but, if you'd used a lens tissue in the first place instead of your shirt, you probably would not have wound up with a difficult-to-clean smear on the lens. ;)


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Jun 02, 2011 17:34 |  #3

I picked up the Zeiss Liquid Lens Cleaner from B&H's website recently; it has great reviews there and it worked very well on my lens recently.


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Jun 02, 2011 19:59 |  #4

Saliva and a t shirt. Been useing it for 20 years. Not 1 problem from it yet.


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Jun 02, 2011 21:17 |  #5

I use acetone on extremely expensive rifle scopes with coated optics (you don't use UV filters on them).

UV filters are cheap, so a bit of breath and t-shirt works for me. Lens pen if it's not too bad.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 21:21 as a reply to  @ LoneWolfUSMC's post |  #6

I use the Purosol Optical cleaning fluid with a microfiber cloth. It has worked very well so far and has no solvents that might cause problems with coated optics.


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Jun 02, 2011 21:23 as a reply to  @ LoneWolfUSMC's post |  #7

I have been using Kodak lens cleaner
for over thirty years. It works very
well. I use it with Kodak lens tissue.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 21:39 as a reply to  @ Ralph Merlino's post |  #8

L glass requires holy water, it's free. Spit works fine for non-L glass.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 22:15 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #9

Giottos cleaning solution is great stuff.


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Jun 02, 2011 22:48 |  #10

I have some Zeiss branded disposable cleaning tissues that I use on eyeglasses. They work really well.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 22:56 |  #11

I use eye glasses cleaning fluid that I get from My optometrist .Works great and I get free microfiber cloths along with the free refills.




  
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Jun 02, 2011 23:13 |  #12

SkipD wrote in post #12524430 (external link)
What did you smear onto your lens? That sort of dictates what type of cleaner would be best.

I probably don't even need to say it but, if you'd used a lens tissue in the first place instead of your shirt, you probably would not have wound up with a difficult-to-clean smear on the lens. ;)

Don't know what it was. The smear looked like an oil based substance. My camera happened to be sitting on my desk so I grabbed it and ran back out. Didn't grab my backpack with all the other camera stuff including lens cleaning tissues as I was in a hurry. As it was the sky changed enough that I missed what prompted me to grab my camera and rush out to take photos in the first place.

Another case of not having your camera with you when a good photo op comes along.

Thanks for the other suggestions. I have several microfiber rags and I'll pick up one of the recommended cleaning solutions.

BTW - The lens that was on the camera was the Canon 15-85. It's my walk around lens and is usually on my camera when the camera is not in the backpack.


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Jun 02, 2011 23:22 |  #13

yourdoinitwrong wrote in post #12525943 (external link)
I use the Purosol Optical cleaning fluid with a microfiber cloth. It has worked very well so far and has no solvents that might cause problems with coated optics.

+1 for the Purosol Optical Cleaner (external link) I've been using it on all mine and my Wife's lenses for a few years now, it's really good stuff.



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Jun 02, 2011 23:26 |  #14
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Try a lens pen first, you can get them from walmart for like $10 by the cheap tripods, lens caps, and uv filters.


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Jun 03, 2011 02:17 |  #15

I have the zeiss cleaning kit, works well so far


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