Cleaning your lenses...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Phast1, Aug 18, 2005.

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    Phast1 Guest

    Over this past year I've gotten some nice L glass.
    I was wondering what the pro's (you guys) use to
    clean your lenses. How often? Both ends?

    Also, do you guys reccomend that pen thingy that cleans lenses?

    Phast1
     
    Phast1, Aug 18, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    I use a standard micro-fiber lens cloth. I have a larger one that I
    keep in my camera bag, and a small one in a little rubber thingy that
    clips onto my jacket zipper or keyring for easy access.

    Clean both ends - use a blower to remove grit, and the lens cloth to
    remove any residue. As far as frequency - usually I give everything a
    once-over as I'm packing my bag or road-case to go shoot.
     
    Rob Novak, Aug 18, 2005
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    Phast1 Guest

    No cleaning liquids?

    Phast1


     
    Phast1, Aug 19, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Nope. The microfiber cloth does an excellent job of sweeping away any
    skin oils. If I need to remove a stubborn spot of something that's
    splashed onto a front element, I'll fog it with my breath and use the
    microfiber. Cleaning solutions just end up getting into places they
    shouldn't, and they may leave residues that tend to attract other
    dirt.
     
    Rob Novak, Aug 19, 2005
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    Rander3127 Guest

    The best thing to use to clean lenses (professionally) is a three-part
    process:
    1. Use a bulb blower to remove any particulate matter.
    2. Use a camel hair brush (with natural, not cut ends) to remove dust.
    3. Clean using cotton balls moistened with medical grade acetone.
     
    Rander3127, Aug 20, 2005
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    Steven Woody Guest

    Did you wash your the microfiber cloth? Thanks.


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    Steven Woody, Aug 21, 2005
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