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How do I best clean lens(es)?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Merlin5, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. Merlin5

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    I see there's a product called lenspen, one made by lenspen and one made by Hama. it looks nifty. Will that be all I need, along with a hurricane blower?

    Also, these lenspens come with a soft brush at one end to wipe away loose particles. I thought you were only supposed to use a blower for loose particles to avoid scratching, so why would anyone use the brush which could wipe abrasive particles across the glass?

    Anyway, if I get a lenspen, does that mean I won't need to use a microfibre cloth and lens cleaning fluid?
     
  2. Raymond Lin

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    You can use eclipse fluid...

    But I bought a box of 200 Zeiss cleaning tissues like 5 years ago, still going through them. I put a few everywhere.

    I also have a couple of spudz as well.
     
  3. Merlin5

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    Sounds good Raymond. Yes I was wondering if eclipse sensor fluid could be used on lenses and you say it can so that's good. I see Zeiss 200 lens wipes on Amazon for £10.29. Might buy them. I think they're just isopropyl soaked cloths? Not as interesting to use as a lenspen though :p
     
  4. EGuitarStar

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    Here is a fun video demonstrating how to best clean lenses and methods not to use.
     
  5. Raymond Lin

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    Lens pen is just a tiny cloth at the end that you end up moving the same dirt around...I had one its crap.

    The Zeiss 200 wet wipes are much better. You don't need to clean it that often, a blower does it 90% of the time. If you avoid touching it with your fingers, most things can be just blown off.
     
  6. Merlin5

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    That's a great video EGuitarStar. Love the Psycho scene :D

    Ah ok, I thought the lenspen cleaned itself and gets replenished with fresh carbon after the cap is screwed back on.

    Do I need the Giotto rocket or will most other blowers do a good job? Since I'll have the eclipse fluid, I might as well use that with a clean microfibre cloth. Can I use a cloth a few times before washing it? I'm just thinking of oils it picks up during cleaning.
     
  7. Raymond Lin

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  8. Merlin5

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    Raymond, I've ordered the large Rocket and Zeiss lens wipes, supposed to arrive on the weekend. Actually, I'm getting 50 wipes, was £7 on ebay. But from what you said about yours, even 50 should last a while.
     
  9. Columbo

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    Tried alot of things including Zeiss wipes and eclipse fliud.
    I now go to Wilko's and buy their own optical wipes for glasses, my wife uses them for her glasses so I tried one on my lens a while back and wont buy anything else now.

    £1 for 52 wipes and they dont leave a single smear ever.

    https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-optical-wipes-52-pack/p/0431335
     
  10. Merlin5

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    Now you tell me! :p Actually, it says product discontinued.
     
  11. Columbo

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  12. Merlin5

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  13. Minstadave

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    Zeist wipes are on offer on Amazon at the moment, £7 ish for 200. Will give them a try.
     
  14. iSaff

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    This is the way I was taught.

    1) Assess the lens for particles and oils. Use a rocket blower to clean away debris. (If it's clean, Great! Don't give it a wipe. Always minimise contact with the glass and its coating if you can.)

    2) Assess again. If there's still dust particles the blower didn't remove. Use a lens brush to dislodge the debris, never touch the brush tip which can leave oil residue, and avoid brushing over oil residue. Dislodge debris and rocket blow it away.

    3) Assess to make sure no debris is left. If it's clean, great! No need to wipe, but If there's grease you pour a few drops of lens wipe onto a lens tissue and gently wipe in circles around the area with grease. If you missed debris, this can work it into the lens. So be careful.

    4) Assess again. If it's all clear you're good to go!

    I like Giotto rocket blowers. Matin make excellent lens brushes from goats hair. For lens cleaning solutions i recommend Pancro or Rossco, both are made for the film industry, less goes a long way, and they do a great job with removing oily residue. I prefer to use disposable wipes, Rossco wipes made for the film industry come in a portable booklet, or Kimwipes from Kimtech which are made to clean lab equipment like microscopes, but come in a bigger box of tissues.

    Also have a microfiber cloth at hand to keep your camera body clean, which helps avoid particles building up anywhere.
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2020