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Old 24-06-2009, 18:23   #1 (permalink)
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Best tool for lens cleaning

What is the best tool for cleaning lenses etc (not sensor)?? I have tried the blower brush and I didn't find it any good in all honesty. It is an old one so that may be a factor. What does everyone else use/do??
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Old 24-06-2009, 18:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

I get on very well with the LensPen, although it's a good idea to use a blower first to get rid of any loose crud.

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Old 24-06-2009, 19:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

I don't have to actually clean lenses very often. That might well be because I almost always have a filter fitted. However, I don't find myself cleaning the filters very often either. I use the same techinques to clean the filters as I would the lens.

A Rocket type blower will get rid of any specks of lose stuff, and a soft brush for the more stubborn specks. On the rare occasions that I need to remove a smear or water drops I use either a lens cleaning tissue or my trusty Selvyt (a polishing cloth used by the optical trade).

Sometimes a 'Hurrrrrrr' will provide enough moisture to assist the process, but if there is a greasy mark, some lens cleaning fluid sparingly applied the the tissue/Selvyt helps.

Generally, I try to avoid having to touch the lens optics with anything.
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Old 25-06-2009, 09:36   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

I just use a lens cloth of one sort or another - have filters attached so if one does get enthusiastically 'overcleaned' (scratched!) I can bin it.

Only ever binned one filter - and they do get regularly cleaned, not helped by regularly being dragged through undergrowth (I've even fallen over in a snowdrift! ). Mind you, the other day I found a spiderling, complete with a mini web, inside my 300mm! Must've dropped in on a lens change - something else I tend to do every whipstitch. I'll even change a lens to find that the moment has passed (light changed, sun gone in, etc) and change back without a shot being fired! Rather unsurprisingly I clean my sensor rather a lot!
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Old 25-06-2009, 15:50   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

I use a cloth in a brushing stroke and have been OK with that method. Last year my tripod tipped over into a lily bed, I had a 10X on the front of my canon 100mm macro lens. The 10X jarred to the side of the threads as in jumped maybe a thread to one side. It was covered in plant mush and dirt. I cleaned it the best I could and now I have noticed heavy dust bunnies in pictures only with this lens, I have cleaned it to the point that I am afraid of scratching the surface. Any thoughts ? I will try this pen method, I watched my brother use this once and he like it a lot.
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

Graham can you still buy Selvyt cloths ?. I used to use them when I made films for printed circuit boards in the 80's. Never seen them since.

If anyone knows where you can buy Essilor microfibre spectacle cleaning cloths they are superb lens cloths and can be washed and reused many times

Boofers if it's that bad I'd contact Canon about getting it overhauled. My 24-105L has got a tiny peice of white dust in it, I'm pretty peeved as it can in no way have been added since it was manufactured.
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

Cheers, I'd forgot all about them until you mentioned them.

And to think I used to have a drawer full of them at work all those years ago
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Wire brush and dettol.

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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

I use a large rocket blower with a soft brush[2"] to get off all the lose stuff, if that fails then use PEC-PAD wipes & E2 cleaner which also does the Sensor with the rocket blower.
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I very rarely clean my lenses. I just wipe with a cloth when I do
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

lens cleaning.

I have a small brush that retracts "Lipstick" style into its own case to keep it clean, I dont use anything else whilst "Out", but have done some deeper cleaning with a damp lint-free cloth in a mild (suitable) detergent at home.
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Theres dirty, and there is dirty what ever you use dont rub hard, screw a uv on the front that takes all the worry out of dirty front elements.
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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

I'll second Silky's suggestion of the Lens-pen. I find that the retractable brush is fine for clearing away most of the rubbish picked up on a day's walk and the cleaning end gets rid of anything worse.

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Re: Best tool for lens cleaning

Ditto on the Lens Pen, usually give it a good blow first with the rocketblower to blow any loose gritty bits away.
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Thanks for the advice, I got a lens pen which i find useful. The 'specks' that turned up on one of my photos turned out to be on the sensor itself. Bought the lenspen kit from Jessops, specially designed for CCD and CMOS sensors. It worked so Im happy!
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