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    I picked up 50 alcohol lens wipes at Aldi for 99p the other day - absolute rubbish! Left streaks and once dried out the paper is like greaseproof paper!

    So, what's best?

    I used to use lens tissues with a bit of breath - never had a problem - but that was 25 years ago, so what's new?

    Don't like the idea of lens pens - where does the dirt go? It must remain on the pen tip surely?

    I'd like some individually packed lens wipes. Use once and chuck. But which ones? (NOT Aldi).

    What do you use that's a 'use once' remedy?

    Thanks!

    David
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    Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

    The paper for glasses from your local optician works fine.

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    • #3
      Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

      A nice end of a cotton T shirt and some spit.

      Works for me.
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      • #4
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        I use little lens cloths mad eof microfibre and wash them in my smalls net bag in the wash mach
        and I keep them in little wallets - NOT the bottom of a pocket full of grit and lint ...
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        • #5
          Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

          Spudz. I've used them for about 4 years. Always have a couple handy.
          http://www.warehouseexpress.com/search/?q=Spudz
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          • #6
            Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

            No competition - 'Kodak Lens Cleaner'!

            I'm still using a 50cc bottle I bought 40 years ago. It's amazing stuff and leaves the grubbiest lens gleaming. I dust off any potential grit though before I use it.

            Jim

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            • #7
              Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

              Originally posted by wanderer View Post
              Spudz. I've used them for about 4 years. Always have a couple handy.
              http://www.warehouseexpress.com/search/?q=Spudz
              I already use these for my rifle scopes. Why didn't I put two and two together!!

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              • #8
                Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                No competition - 'Kodak Lens Cleaner'!

                I'm still using a 50cc bottle I bought 40 years ago. It's amazing stuff and leaves the grubbiest lens gleaming. I dust off any potential grit though before I use it.

                Jim
                How do you apply/remove it? Lens tissues???

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                • #9
                  Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                  Lens Pens - these will often shift bits of dried on dirt that seem welded to the glass. You can use these with some cleaning fluid or without and I also recommended micro fibre cleaning cloths (you can buy these in supermarkets) for the final wipe.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                    Originally posted by Ian View Post
                    Lens Pens - these will often shift bits of dried on dirt that seem welded to the glass. You can use these with some cleaning fluid or without and I also recommended micro fibre cleaning cloths (you can buy these in supermarkets) for the final wipe.

                    Ian
                    What stops all the accumulated grime from remaining in the lens pen's tip and acting like sandpaper the next time it's used?

                    The same applies to Spudz (although these can be washed).

                    I guess micro fibre cloths are the same as those opticians give you in a new glasses case? I have some somewhere. Again, the trick would be to keep them washed I guess.

                    What's wrong with lens tissues nowadays?

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                      Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                      I buy the Camlink cleaning kit CK1. It comes with blower brush, swabs, tissues, cleaning cloth and 45ml of Isopropyl Alcohol. You can buy the IPA separately and cheaply at some DIY stores if you need a top up. You can normally get the kit from www.7dayshop.com but I see they don't have it at present but do have their own brand
                      http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...ucts_id=109820
                      Jamie

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                      • #12
                        Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                        Originally posted by jamie allan View Post
                        I buy the Camlink cleaning kit CK1. It comes with blower brush, swabs, tissues, cleaning cloth and 45ml of Isopropyl Alcohol. You can buy the IPA separately and cheaply at some DIY stores if you need a top up. You can normally get the kit from www.7dayshop.com but I see they don't have it at present but do have their own brand
                        http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...ucts_id=109820
                        IPA??

                        Shouldn't I be cleaning my lenses whilst sober?

                        David
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                        • #13
                          Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                          Originally posted by DJMC View Post
                          What stops all the accumulated grime from remaining in the lens pen's tip and acting like sandpaper the next time it's used?

                          The same applies to Spudz (although these can be washed).

                          I guess micro fibre cloths are the same as those opticians give you in a new glasses case? I have some somewhere. Again, the trick would be to keep them washed I guess.

                          What's wrong with lens tissues nowadays?

                          Lens surfaces are actually very tough. Lens pens do work very well and I have never known one to damage a lens. I actually think micro fibre cleaning cloths are better than the cloths that you get in glasses cases as they are flanneled. They are also larger and very inexpensive.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                            Originally posted by Ian View Post
                            Lens surfaces are actually very tough. Lens pens do work very well and I have never known one to damage a lens. I actually think micro fibre cleaning cloths are better than the cloths that you get in glasses cases as they are flanneled. They are also larger and very inexpensive.

                            Ian
                            Thinking about it, when I dismantled and cleaned the OM 1.4 lens I used an 'E-cloth' polishing cloth. I beleive that's a microfibre cloth? Did a very good job of leaving a perfect finish, just a little bulky to carry around.

                            It's in the field I find I need something handy, and the Spudz may be the right thing for that situation.

                            Thanks for all your suggestions!

                            David
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                            • #15
                              Re: Recommend a lens cleaner please?

                              I have a Spudz cloth and it works well. It is also very useful for honing your Origami skills as you try to get it back into the tiny pouch.

                              Ron

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