Best way to clean lens advice required

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BrianC1 Forum Member • Posts: 51
Best way to clean lens advice required

Hi All

I am hoping that one of the contributors to this great forum will be able to assist me. Shooting with a Zenitar fisheye on my D last week end on the cliffs about 200 feet above the sea. Windy but no obvious sea spray etc. Later I noticed spotting on the lens which I suspect was salt spray. After blowing and brushing lens to ensure no grit etc, I used a lens pen. The lens surface now appears to have a oily apearance. Problably does not effect picture quality but it is a worry. Can anyone advise me how to safetly clean the front element of the lens to get it back to its pristine condition. TIA.
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shane gerrish Veteran Member • Posts: 5,967
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i cleaned my zenitar with kodak lens cleaning fluid and lens tissues several times on my 4 week holiday, while still wet i had to polish dry with a clean dry lens tissue to avoid streaks.

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John Bean (UK) Forum Pro • Posts: 18,035
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If you have a microfibre cloth use that.

If you're going to buy something I recommend Pec pads and Eclipse fluid for both sensor and optics cleaning. No smears

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racehorse in the desert Veteran Member • Posts: 4,103
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I usually use the "huff and puff" method. Breathe or blow on the lens to fog it and then clean it gently with a piece of Kodak lens tissue. I have learned to look at the lens more often, like every time I use a camera. I got some prints back from an event and there was a light spot in the same place on some of the images. Upon inspection it appeared that a small piece of gooey food was on the lens, from a dinner I attended.
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John Bean (UK) Forum Pro • Posts: 18,035
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racehorse in the desert wrote:

I usually use the "huff and puff" method. Breathe or blow on the
lens to fog it and then clean it gently with a piece of Kodak lens
tissue.

I'll happily breath on it if I have no Eclipse handy, but lens tissue? No way - it's like fine wet'n'dry. It probably won't hurt a modern hard coating as easily as some of the older ones but I'd rather use well-washed cotton than lens tissue. Pec Pads are great, whether you use breath or Eclipse on lenses. Wouldn't recommend breathing on sensors though

Upon inspection it appeared that a small piece of gooey food was on
the lens, from a dinner I attended.

Unusual. I ask for a doggy-bag...

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itev Contributing Member • Posts: 504
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I use a little water and microfibre cloth Essilor.

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racehorse in the desert Veteran Member • Posts: 4,103
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John Bean (UK) wrote:

racehorse in the desert wrote:

I usually use the "huff and puff" method. Breathe or blow on the
lens to fog it and then clean it gently with a piece of Kodak lens
tissue.

I'll happily breath on it if I have no Eclipse handy, but lens
tissue? No way - it's like fine wet'n'dry. It probably won't hurt a
modern hard coating as easily as some of the older ones but I'd
rather use well-washed cotton than lens tissue. Pec Pads are great,
whether you use breath or Eclipse on lenses. Wouldn't recommend
breathing on sensors though

I too use a blower and eclipse and pec pads for the sensor. I would never blow into the camera. but, I don't like putting any liquid on the lens, just personal preference. I use the Kodak lens cleaning paper very gently and have never had a problem in over 20 years.

Upon inspection it appeared that a small piece of gooey food was on
the lens, from a dinner I attended.

Unusual. I ask for a doggy-bag...

Ha-ha. No, it wasn't me. I was taking photos near the buffet line and I think I got splashed.

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Marcos_ Contributing Member • Posts: 805
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Can you point some link from where can i get those, John? Much appreciated!

John Bean (UK) wrote:

If you have a microfibre cloth use that.

If you're going to buy something I recommend Pec pads and Eclipse
fluid for both sensor and optics cleaning. No smears

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John Bean (UK) Forum Pro • Posts: 18,035
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This site has lots of information on the subject and liknks to suppliers in various parts of the planet:

http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/index.html

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structuresguy Senior Member • Posts: 1,560
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Has anyone tried the Pentax cleaning cloth? I bought one from B&H but it is a very odd fabric. Almost a rough texture, like a fine cotton which was washed without fabric softener, then let to air dry. I am actually afraid to use it on any of my lenses. It is nothing like the normal microfiber cloths I usually use.

Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 30,699
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Brian,

You will need to use a special lens cleaning fluid from your camera store and the lens tissues specially formulated for lenses. Only use the lens pen after you have cleaned it with the fluid/tissues. The lens pen is an excellent "finishing" off device which leaves the lens clear and streak free but only once you have removed the major contaminants of dust, dirt and grease etc. The lens pen will only remove slight finger prints, and the smears left by some lens fluids and of cousre your breath.

I use the lens pen in this manner and it is a great tool once you have removed the large contaminants.
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rke21 Regular Member • Posts: 468
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I too use a blower and eclipse and pec pads for the sensor. I
would never blow into the camera. but, I don't like putting any
liquid on the lens, just personal preference. I use the Kodak lens
cleaning paper very gently and have never had a problem in over 20
years.

That's serious stuff. I cap my lens with an uv filter. I usually clean it with something convient like my t-shirt. I've tried using napkin, toilet paper, paper towel and my workout towel. they seem alright. the toilet paper leaves a lot of dust/lint. Sometimes, they just smear things out. Like when you have fingerprint, and you're wiping it with shirt. Sometimes smears it out. Chamois work pretty good though. Dish washing sponge is pretty good when it's wet. There's no damage or anything. These things are tough!

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frank Veteran Member • Posts: 6,961
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John Bean (UK) wrote:

If you have a microfibre cloth use that.

If you're going to buy something I recommend Pec pads and Eclipse
fluid for both sensor and optics cleaning. No smears

Bought those Pec Pads and Eclips fluid for my lenses several months ago. Now I don't use my microfibre cloth anymore. The best lens cleaning kit by my limited experiences. Just bought another pac of Pec Pads (100 pieces), should last for a while.

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OP BrianC1 Forum Member • Posts: 51
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Thanks to you all for your most useful advice and particular thanks to John Bean for the link which enabled me to track down the Australian distributor of Eclipse and Pec Pads. I've got my order in. As always a most helpful and friendly group.

Cheers
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shane gerrish Veteran Member • Posts: 5,967
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who is the aussie distributor ?

BrianC1 wrote:

Thanks to you all for your most useful advice and particular thanks
to John Bean for the link which enabled me to track down the
Australian distributor of Eclipse and Pec Pads. I've got my order
in. As always a most helpful and friendly group.

Cheers
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Joele Veteran Member • Posts: 4,633
Pec Pads

I don't clean my lenses that often... Although salt is something I would been keen to clean off

I keep a zip lock bag with some Pec Pads in my camera bag and I use eclipse foro cleaning my sensor, but I don't carry it around I have a little pump bottle with Kinetronics MC safe cleaninng solution...

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Shane try http://www.nulab.com.au . A Melbourne based company.

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structuresguy wrote:

Has anyone tried the Pentax cleaning cloth? I bought one from B&H
but it is a very odd fabric. Almost a rough texture, like a fine
cotton which was washed without fabric softener, then let to air
dry. I am actually afraid to use it on any of my lenses. It is
nothing like the normal microfiber cloths I usually use.

this can help:

http://www.minstrument.com/assets/abduke.pdf

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itev Contributing Member • Posts: 504
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I read that Leica recommended simply to use water as liquid of cleaning

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racehorse in the desert Veteran Member • Posts: 4,103
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The microfiber cloth cleaning method concerns me becuase it seems that it could accumulate dust, or whatever you are removing from the lens, and over time become somewhat abrasive. How often should it be replaced? Or somehow cleaned? I have seen them for sale in camera stores, but have not purchased one for that reason.
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