Old 08-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #1
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I just wondering how exactly you guys go about cleaning your lens? I never really had a problem with it being dirty until I went to the WMSR. And well, if anyone's ever rode that train you know it dumps quite a bit of coal ash.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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I use a rocket blower. If not then I use a lens cleaning cloth I was given from a camera crew that was taping a TV show for work. It is what they used on their camera lens. I use that to clean water spots and stuff like that off by slowly wiping the lens with very minimal pressure.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:28 AM   #3
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I use a ladies soft cosmetic brush from Max Factor, then some optical lens cleaning fluid and a microfiber cloth. So far, so good.
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I exclusively use a lens pen...
http://www.lenspen.com/?resultType=c...pid=0&tpid=323
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I am around steam engines a lot, so I am used to having my hair and my equipment covered with cinders!

Before I apply anything or rub anything, I dust my lenses with a camel's hair blower brush to get the grit off. Then, I'll use a commercial lens cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth. Knock on wood, I have yet to scratch anything. Typically, I have UV filters on all of my lenses, so the surface I am cleaning is a $50 piece of glass, not a $1,500 piece.
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I am around steam engines a lot, so I am used to having my hair and my equipment covered with cinders!
I'm typically around a few every year. And a couple of things happen:

1. I will get covered in cinders.
2. The video and still camera will get covered.
3. One will get in my eye at one point. (Happened for 2 straight years.) Here's a hint: don't ever take your sunglasses off, even to rub your eyes.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #7
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I have a small microfiber towel clipped to my camera at all times. Pretty simple to clean the lens often that way.
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Steel wool and hydrofluoric acid for me.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:43 AM   #9
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I use a rocket blower first, then on occasion a lens pen. I don't keep filters on mine.
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Yeah. I use what's handy. Pine cones, ballast, driftwood, stuff like that.
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I suffered for years professionally trying to clean lenses and filters with Kodak lens fluid and tissue. Miserable junk. All it did was smear the oil around some more. Glass Plus was a step up from Kodak lens fluid. Finally in the 90's, Micro Cloths and Lens Pens came to my rescue.

Lens brush, rocket blower, micro cloths and lens pens are your friends.
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Lens brush, rocket blower, micro cloths and lens pens are your friends.
And don't forget the good old huff of warm breath.
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And don't forget the good old huff of warm breath.
Yep, you leave all that lens cleaning stuff in the car, take a hike somewhere, and then all that's left is the huff of breath and the t-shirt you're wearing.

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Any soft cloth works fine, be it the inside of your t shirt or a microfiber cloth.
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Dust on the lens really doesn't matter 99% of the time for me anyway. Shooting at f8 or larger (which I do 99% of the time), dust isn't going to show up in an image when the focal point is far away.
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I use the outside of the shirt that I have on, rubbing hard in a circular motion; no need to check the lens for dust/sand, ESPECIALLY in the lens edges. Just ball that t-shirt up tight, sccrrrrrrape whatever is lodged in the edge, blow it off, then press as hard as you can in circular motion. Repeat as needed.

Uhh....oh...wait; stupid me, it said how to clean the lens, not how to make it only good for an expensive loupe. Sorry....
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