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Cleaning Lenes..

Discussion in 'Lens Matters' started by Toast, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Toast

    Toast Well-Known Member

    I have not needed to do a lens clean yet but I will in due course, so a couple of questions please..

    What do you use to clean lens and filters and how often should you do it.. as a rule of thumb.

  2. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    Blower brush is usually more than sufficient. For really bad cases (second hand lenses) the stuff you paint onto the lens surface then peel off taking the dirt with it is the only thing I'd use. Front surface mirrors should never be touched with anything.

    Shouldn't need to clean lens surfaces more often than once in a blue moon. Use a good quality UV/protective filter so you are cleaning something which is easily replaceable ... you will be tempted to wipe with a mucky rag when it gets rained on and dirt particles will scratch the surface.
  3. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Clean only when necessary. Dust should blow off with a blower brush or rocket blower. Some will say always use a protection filter, others that they degrade the image. I know one thing, I would rather buy a secondhand lens that has been used with a filter than one that hasn't. Deeper cleaning should only be carried out if needed, one method is to first blow off all debris, then clean with lens cleaner and finally lens tissue, blowing any fibres off to finish, note if you do this to use the cleaner on a clean lens cloth, never drop it onto the lens surface. Obviously if the lens has a protection filter which is never removed it is the relatively cheap filter that you clean. If the lens is being used where there are children the filter is advisable, fingers and lenses seem to have a magnetic attraction for each other!
  4. hech54

    hech54 Well-Known Member

    I use those moist towelette, eyeglass, glasses cleaners when it is more than just dust. Lenses are tools that we use and they do occasionally get fingerprints on them(either someone else's or your own). These are not priceless Picasso paintings....Shite happens. Of course there is no "schedule" for lens cleaning....that would be silly. You clean them only when they need it and the level of cleaning depends on the type of foreign matter on there.
  5. Toast

    Toast Well-Known Member

    I do have lens filters on and I have a lens brush which is very soft but a blower brush I have never heard of.
    Where would I but one of these..
  6. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    Lots of places ... see here
  7. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Funny, but none of the pros I know do any of those things.

    I blow the front element of my lenses clean with a Rocket blower at the start of the shoot. Anything left I wipe off gently with a micro fibre cloth.

    I don't use filters, they're a waste of money, do nothing for image quality and whether they offer any protection to the front element is a moot point.

    As Swiss Tony might say, using lenses is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. Though they may look lovely, they're pretty tough so don't be afraid to get them wet or dirty. You need to treat them with respect, but you'll never get the best out of them if you wrap them up in cotton wool. :eek::D;):p

  8. Toast

    Toast Well-Known Member

    Cheers Mr B.. :)
  9. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Last Xmas a photo loving boss of mine gave me a Lenspen- useful as it just drops into my bag and if I spot a mark on the lens it takes a second or so to clean it but I don't have a schedule and generally just use a blower brush at the start and end of the shoot- then recap the lens
    And Barney? You nearly owed me a new monitor- I should not have had a mouthful of beer when I read the Swiss Tony bit:eek:
  10. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Interesting views on this I must say. I rarely clean my lenses either but now and again as has been said above marks will get on them.

    On such occasions I use a Nikon Lens pen thing. I some people they are a no-no but I have found them to be excellent. My rationale was that Nikon sells these and I thought they might know what was good for their lenses and what wasn't.

    I carry one around, and though rarely used, it's nice to know that it's there if I need it.

  11. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Reading one of my posts is very much like making love to a beautiful lady .. best not done with a mouthful of beer. ;)
  12. Gogster

    Gogster Well-Known Member

  13. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Sorry, doesn't work for me. Maybe I read them wrongly? Beer works. But this is Belgium so the beer can be pretty seductive.
  14. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Swiss Tony was a comedy character who compared everything as "like making love to a beautiful woman"
  15. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    But Barney?
  16. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Yeah, he's a comedy character, too. ;)
  17. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Explaining a joke is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. You take it slowly, you make sure that your both of the same wavelength, you concentrate on the details. Then, when your done, neither of you are really satisfied, you're left with a hollow feeling and you wish that it had been as good as the first time round.
  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Never mind. You can't be good at everything.

    Now - this thread reminds me - I must clean my lenses after trip to the seaside on Sat
  19. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Mar 28, 2012
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    willie45 Well-Known Member

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