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Homer Simpson
31st May 2011, 06:17 PM
I bought a lens pen from Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-00005604-Lens-Cleaning-Pen/dp/B00006JALB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306865712&sr=8-1

It came today but the cleaner end smears a black deposit.:mad:
Its not been near my lenses by the way!

Anyone any experience of these things??

PeterBirder
31st May 2011, 06:33 PM
I certainly use Lens Pens for both my camera lenses and binoculars and scopes and they do a great job. I don't have any specific experience of the Hama one, sounds like you've just got a dodgy one or its a fake.

Regards

Homer Simpson
31st May 2011, 06:42 PM
The packaging looks genuine.
There is even a hologram sticker thingy on it

Ian
31st May 2011, 06:43 PM
Lens Pens do sometimes leave residues because they are very effective at lifting dirt that a cloth, even with cleaning liquid, won't. The pad I believe has carbon fibres in it, which may be the black material you are referring to. Any residues can be wiped off with a lens cloth.

Ian

Homer Simpson
31st May 2011, 06:52 PM
Hi Ian,

I sort of though of that but was too nervous to assume.

Hopefully a user might see this & put my mind completely at rest

Edit: just found Hama UK support e-mail so I'll see what they have to say.

francois
31st May 2011, 09:43 PM
I use a Hama lens pen all the time and no problem at all.

jtaylor1477
20th November 2011, 05:38 PM
that's why i don't buy something on the amazon...

DerekW
20th November 2011, 07:07 PM
The picture on Amazon website looks just like the www.Lenspen.com one that I have.

I used a Lenspen to clean all my lenses but mislaid the lenspen. I then went to the Galapagos Islands for a week - remarkably the lenses stayed smear free only needing the odd dusting to keep them clean - so the "coating" was effective in helping to keep the lenses clean. I mention the destination to explain that the trip consisted of lots of landings on wet rocks and into the sea so the kit was not really protected ll the time.

Tordan58
13th February 2012, 02:58 PM
Hi,

I was recommended the Lens Pen and my experience is that it does a very good job in cleaning lenses and filters. The black material is carbon, not sure if fibers or powder.

It did not leave any carbon smear on my optics.

/Tord

blaggard
13th February 2012, 03:15 PM
I bought an original "Lenspen" branded Pro kit from Jessops, currently 25 for 4 different sized pens and a really nice large microfibre cloth. The next to smallest pen had a detached head but changed straight away by Jessops, very impressed with the pens so far.

f2uk
13th February 2012, 03:16 PM
I have exactly the same one, no issues at all.

Ian
13th February 2012, 04:26 PM
that's why i don't buy something on the amazon...

I find Amazon much better than eBay. I have had problems with three Amazon traders and Amazon sorted them all out quickly and efficiently. Two problems on eBay and neither complaint was taken seriously by eBay.

Ian

blaggard
13th February 2012, 04:39 PM
Amazon are definitely much better at customer service than eBay who are appalling and getting worse by the day, them AND their alter ego PayPal!!