how do you clean your lenses?

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john enea
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how do you clean your lenses?
Nov 2, 2012

I searched and most of the results are about photoshop cleaning of images (yes in the lens forum)  -(

I do take them in to keeble and shukat once a year for a pro cleaning, but i'm talking about on the spot on the shot cleaning. I usually just breathe on the lens and wipe in a circular motion with a fresh microfiber cloth. Are there any other ways that could be better that I'm missing?

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Wth water on a wash rag, and then dry with a cotton towel.  Yes, I do that contrary to what everybody thinks it is a bad idea.  I'm talking about my expensive 70-200mm and 300mm lens, not just the cheap 50mm lens.

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john enea wrote:

I searched and most of the results are about photoshop cleaning of images (yes in the lens forum) -(

I do take them in to keeble and shukat once a year for a pro cleaning, but i'm talking about on the spot on the shot cleaning. I usually just breathe on the lens and wipe in a circular motion with a fresh microfiber cloth. Are there any other ways that could be better that I'm missing?

thanks

As little as possible

I am much more inclined to leave a bit of dust on a lens rather than scrub the surface.  Dust on the lens won't show in images at all, but scratching the lens or (eventually) rubbing off the coatings would be much worse.

When I do clean them, I do the same as you.

Also note that I leave lens hoods on almost 100% of the time; this prevents most of the possibilities for dirt (kiddy fingers, windblown dust, etc).

Cheers

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1) Air blower (rocket blower or ear bulb blower, not compressed air) for the light stuff

2) ROR lens cleaner (the best there is, bar none) with a clean/new microfiber cloth when I need to get smudges or residue (or bird droppings, etc) off.

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Blower and Lenspen....
In reply to john enea, Nov 2, 2012

As per the big one

plus

Blower, Lenspen Brush, Lenspen Pad when needed. Unless I did not put a protective filter on (when in a harsh environment), then I use a Blower, lenspen Brush then gentle wipe with distilled water and micro fiber cloth then Lenspen Pad if needed( usually is after water wash to get rid of smears.

Also have used lenspen pad on sensor dust (not oil where I use pec pads and solvents)

Lenses/coatings are tougher than most people think. I always have a lenscap on unless I'm taking a shot or two.

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Pentax Micro fibre cloth.

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In reply to john enea, Nov 3, 2012

I never clean them.  If they get dirty I dump them and buy new ones. 

If it will not blow off I use a PEC pad and cleaning solution, but I generally keep the caps on, so they do not get too dirty in the first place.

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I don't clean them. I just clean the NC filter which is always attached. I use the air blower every time after shooting and before putting back a lens cap on. This way I don't have to use a microfiber cloth often to remove collected dust after longer period of use.

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I guess I'm old school because I start out with a brush...

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Dishwasher, but use Calgon to eliminate the water spots, lol.....

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The question is, how dirty do they get. Different procedures for different problems.

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We all have our own methods.   How about looking at what a pro shop does?   Lensrentals cleans every lens and camera when it is returned from customers, and that equipment tends to be treated rougher than average.    They posted a nice description of the way they clean things, the equipment and supplies they use and why:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/05/the-lensrentals-lens-cleaning-methods

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I normally carry a "Rocket Blower" in my camera bag, that's for both sensor cleaning and some times for lens,  I shoot with primes for the most part and change lens any time anywhere when I feel like, whether that's in a hotel shooting reception, on the street shooting parades, hiking in the wood.....most of the time the blower will take care of it but sometimes if I see something stuck and can't be blown off, if I am home, I will use the regular lens cleaning cloth to wipe it, and if I am out in the field which I don't normally carry all the cleaning stuffs, I just use pretty much anything I have, tissues, T-shirt, the front element is not as fragile as most people made it sounded like, I don't use any UV filter for protection either, it's pretty cheap to replace the front element even if I actually damaged it, front element is actually pretty hard to get scratched, unless you hit some hard and sharp object,  it's highly unlikely you will damage it from cleaning it unless you use some sand paper, both myself and some of my working pro friends have had front element replaced on varies different lens, the repair cost is dirt cheap compare to the price of the lens itself, so really got nothing to worry about,  the last one I remember is my friend had his 70-200 2.8 IS front element replace for little under $200 or $250, he bumped his lens into some other photographer's camera while we are all fighting for a good spot one time when we covered the local event, the front glass actually cracked, and it cost even less for my 135L few years ago when I sent it in to have front element replaced.

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In reply to Dan_168, Nov 3, 2012

For dust: a blower

For overal cleaning: a soft cloth

For fat fingerprints: a lenscleanpen

After i come home from a shooting I let my camera "breath", after 30 minuts I clean everything with a towel, Moose peterson is using this method, and it works great.

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Blow off the dust/dirt. A little ROR on a lens tissue in a soft circular motion. One more wipe with a lens tissue for a shine.

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john enea wrote:

I searched and most of the results are about photoshop cleaning of images (yes in the lens forum) -(

I do take them in to keeble and shukat once a year for a pro cleaning, but i'm talking about on the spot on the shot cleaning. I usually just breathe on the lens and wipe in a circular motion with a fresh microfiber cloth. Are there any other ways that could be better that I'm missing?

thanks

I rarely clean them, if there is some dust on the front element I will usually use a lens pen, if it is persistant I will breath on the lens front element and use the pad of the lens pen carefully.

Mark

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Nikon's guidance https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/965/kw/Lens%20cleaning

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