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Jun 02, 2010 14:47 |  #1

how do you clean your lenses? what equipment?

i have smears/streaks on most of the front glass elements. finger prints, or a few water drops that i tried to smear off with my fingers and made worse and or greasy fingers touching it on accident, used a shirt once and q-tips lightly with light water on it. i want to see if there is anything wrong with my lenses (scratches) how do you know if you have a scratch on the front glass element once its clean and how do you see hair line scratches? (hoping i don't have any).

what do yall reccomend for cleaning the element of smudges, smears, dust?

PS: i had done all that "noob" cleaning back in the day and haven't cleaned it since i came on this forum and found out most of the things i did wasnt good for the lens so ive been very scared, especially for my more expensive glass. i would just like to be able to sleep at night knowing its not to late for me lol.

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Jun 02, 2010 14:49 |  #2

lenspen? (external link)


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Jun 02, 2010 14:51 |  #3

it has solution inside the pen to get the grease off the lens? or is that one side a soft tiny pad to wipe clean and the other a brush to wipe dust off?

also is it safe to use on the back glass of your lens (the one that screws inside when attaching to a body?)


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Jun 02, 2010 14:52 |  #4

well, i purchased the "promaster" version of it... it says it's got a solution in there... did not really see any "wetting" of the lenses when i used it... nor did i touch it to feel...

but it did get rid of smudges and oil stains on the front element...


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Jun 02, 2010 14:55 |  #5

thanks! so it doesn't matter what brand correct? there isn't one better then the other?


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Jun 02, 2010 14:56 |  #6

Since it's come down to smudges, smears, and grease, you can fog up the element with your breath and gently wipe it down with a soft microfiber cloth in circular motion. Try to use different parts of the cloth after a few passes, rather then the same spot.

For future reference, if it's just dust, use a rocket blower. If fingerprints or smudges don't degrade the IQ, just leave it alone.


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Jun 02, 2010 15:00 |  #7

i called a camera store in my area they have lenspen, microfiber cloths, and rocket blowers, should i buy one of each?

honestly with all the crap on my lens i cant really tell a difference (maybe because im so used to it or because i rarely use them) thanks for all the help guys and just to clear things up i tried doing a quick search on cleaning and didn't find one quit like i wanted nor did i want to revive a dead thread..haha cheers! any other suggestions/tips are always welcome!


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Jun 02, 2010 15:01 |  #8

compressed air first, then microfiber cloth second. Fluid possibly third but not always.


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Jun 02, 2010 15:02 |  #9

seems that there are many brands but from quick look at B&H site, it all looks like the same item, rebranded...

as for jp's suggestion... +1... i keep a bit of microfiber cloths around (like those from glasses shops) and also ask my glasses shops for some as well...

of course, being from textile background, i look for the nicer microfiber suedes... hehehe...

iirc, the cloth from radtech (external link) or even the shaggymac (external link)screen protectors are very nice quality of suede/peach microfiber... it's just a crime, what they charge for it...


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Jun 02, 2010 15:02 |  #10

I think those 3 things are pretty essential to any photographer, so I would suggest that you should buy them. Just take a quick peek at online prices vs the local camera shop. I have found that my local shops here have ridiculous prices compared to reputable online vendors like BH.


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Jun 02, 2010 15:03 |  #11

markol wrote in post #10290178 (external link)
compressed air first, then microfiber cloth second. Fluid possibly third but not always.

really?

i thought compressed air is almost unnecessary? wouldn't it do more harm by shoving dust all over the crevices?

imo just rocketblower and microfiber?

but i guess it would depend on the situation...


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Jun 02, 2010 15:04 |  #12

kinghong1970 wrote in post #10290180 (external link)
seems that there are many brands but from quick look at B&H site, it all looks like the same item, rebranded...

yeah when i called this place called "wolf camera" the nice employee told me basically brands dont matter they all practically the same pen just with a different name, he just advised me not to buy a cheap 2 dollar one, and maybe a NIKON lenspen that might be a few bucks more then the rest. but the one he has at his store is 8 bucks.

PS: do you throw away the micro fiber clothes ever? after a few months, after you've used every inch of the cloth? or is it safe to just buy one and keep for years?


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Jun 02, 2010 15:05 |  #13

markol wrote in post #10290178 (external link)
compressed air first, then microfiber cloth second. Fluid possibly third but not always.

I am sure he meant the rocket blower, but just to be 100% certain, you should not used canned air on photo equipment. A lot of the canned airs contain chemicals that may damage the optical coatings. A rocket blower is what you should use for those instances.


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Jun 02, 2010 15:06 |  #14

that seems about right... local shops do tend to charge more than online... but pro and con's to buying local... it is instant versus waiting...

and that fingerprint and smudge on your lens is damned annoying, eh? lol...


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Jun 02, 2010 15:09 |  #15

if you want me to be brutally honest ive lost hours of sleep over the fact that i go to bed with dirty lenses and NEVER knowing if one of my lenses has scratches on it and for months ive been wanting to know (id hate to have a 800dollar lens with scratches, id cry)


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