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How Best to Clean Lens's

Just wondering if anyone has any tips / best practice for how best to clean a lens?

I normally keep my lens's protected with a UV filter from purchase but occasionally I need to clean them - dirt, stray fingers etc.

Any suggestions, gratefully received.

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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

I use these items....highly recommended.

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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

Olympus had some cleaning cloths, years ago, but started a new fashion in dresses...

I've only ever used breath and a Lens Cloth.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

As a spectacle wearer I use a cleaning cloth that usually comes with the specs and the spray bottle lens cleaning fluid that you can buy from the opticians. If it's good enough for both coated glass and plastic lens, then it should also be OK for camera lens.

Been using this idea for over 10 years with no ill affects to my glasses or various camera lens
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

I'm a fan of lenspens. Cheap enough from 7dayshop. Many dealers use them also.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

I'm with Wally on this one. First of all a good puff from a Rocket to blow off big particles then spray a little glasses cleaning fluid onto a microfibre cloth (not directly on the lens) then clean followed by a quick final wipe with a dry microfibre cloth. If out and about and need an emergency clean without cleaning fluid then a breath and a microfibre cloth.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

Simon,
First I blow using a Rocket to remove any particulates that can be displaced, then brush lightly. Having visually inspected to be fairly certain no particulates are left remaining, I then take a fresh Pec-Pad wetted with Eclipse lens cleaning fluid (isopropyl alcohol), working in a circular motion from the centre outwards. Repeat the Pec-Pad treatment if necessary using a fresh surface (they come in sheets 100mm square). Job done and no smears. Eclipse is extremely pure alcohol.
Discard the used Pec-Pad.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

Another vote for Lenspens, very effective.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

If you go the lenspen route I'd make sure there aren't any particulates on the lens. If not it will become a good engraving tool.
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If you go the lenspen route I'd make sure there aren't any particulates on the lens. If not it will become a good engraving tool.
That's why lenspens have a soft brush at t'other end. But of course, you're correct to ensure there are no loose particles.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

Very interesting and helpful. I was brought up on using lens tissue but could never understand why cloth cannot be used. I think the products suggested are definitely worth exploring further, and care to clear any debris/grit beforehand.

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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

Modern optics,including spectacles, binoculars/telescopes and camera lenses all use multiple surface coatings which are only atoms thick. Many types of tissue or even apparently soft cloth can be too abrasive and may damage the coatings and leave lint. Microfibre cloth (LensPens use this too) is not only much softer but also has hygroscopic properties which soak up water and dust and particularly oils. A microfibre cloth is made of split filaments only 2 micro metres thick and can soak up eight times its own weight in water.

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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

Or you can drop your new 300mm f/2.8 in some mud and wipe the mud off the front element with your T-shirt. And no, it wasn't me who did that.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

I just use a blower thing followed by a glasses cleaning cloth or damp tissue.
Unless you're working with vintage lenses with non existent coatings, then your front element is going to be very scratch resistant. I try and refrain from tshirts when near sand!

Saying that, My most expensive lens is 21 years old, I clean it with whatever i can find when it gets dirty, and it's still perfect.
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Re: How Best to Clean Lens's

All the way through my Pro-career and even now I still use a chamois leather, I find they are perfect to wrap the camera up in for storage and use to clean screens and lenses.

To date I have never had an issue with this and it is a cheap and effective alternative to the Industry promoted, expensive cleaning cloths!
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