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Old 01-05-2009, 11:39   #1 (permalink)
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Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

Have just returned from a Holiday ruined by my Canon 40 D refusing to work consistently with my 17 - 85 lens and intermittently telling me to clean the lens contacts, what would you use for this, have tried micro cloth, brushes and lens cleaner wipes all to no avail.

The contacts look bright and shiny to me.

Any ideas please

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Old 01-05-2009, 13:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

Sandpaper (coarse)...only kidding

Even looking shiny there can be a thin film of grease from wandering fingers touching them accidently

I've read a eraser on a pencil is supposed to be good but I'm not sure if bits of rubber would come off and end up in the wrong place ie inside the lens or camera, I believe Canon techs advise that.

Isopropynol is good at cleaning grease off contacts and leaves no residue, or some other form of alcohol would do it I suppose, just don't use a cotton bud to apply it, you'd probably just introduce more problems. Moisten the microfiber cloth with it.

Maybe it's not the lens contacts needing cleaned perhaps the contacts on the camera body.
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Re: Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

i have also read that an eraser works, i've also seen a short clip on it some where but at the momment can't think of where i saw it, i think it was [you tube] .. although some form of alcohol will work like teachers whiskey one dab for you and one dram for me ..only joking hope you get it sorted soon.
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Re: Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

I am going on hols and the holiday lens 18-200 VR has stopped bl##dy focusing, might try some spirit on connections. If not will have to go back for a mendit!!
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Re: Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

Yeah, eraser works well on electrical contacts - I've used it very successfully for years on computer odds and ends (and it's easy enough to ensure nothing'll drop inside camera or lens as you don't get little bits)
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Re: Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

The best spirit cleaner is isopropyl alcohol which you can buy from Maplin in huge quantities for very little money. It's safe on *most* plastics but please don't assume.
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Re: Canon EFS 17 - 55 lens contact cleaning

Thanks guys I used eclipse lens cleaning fluid and a pec pad and it worked a treat.

It is so annoying, this stuff has journeyed thousands of miles with me on my travels without being used and the one time I leave it behind, I need it, typical.
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