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CSX1702 08-16-2012 02:34 AM

Lens cleaning
 
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.

khalucha 08-16-2012 02:40 AM

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.

n70guy 08-16-2012 03:28 AM

I use a ladies soft cosmetic brush from Max Factor, then some optical lens cleaning fluid and a microfiber cloth. So far, so good.

Ween 08-16-2012 04:01 AM

I exclusively use a lens pen...
http://www.lenspen.com/?resultType=c...pid=0&tpid=323

KevinM 08-16-2012 04:02 AM

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.

CSX1702 08-16-2012 05:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KevinM (Post 158741)
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. :lol:

JimThias 08-16-2012 11:46 AM

I have a small microfiber towel clipped to my camera at all times. Pretty simple to clean the lens often that way. :)

jac_murphy 08-16-2012 09:36 PM

Steel wool and hydrofluoric acid for me.

-Jacques

Mr. Pick 08-17-2012 12:43 AM

I use a rocket blower first, then on occasion a lens pen. I don't keep filters on mine.

magicman_841 08-17-2012 02:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jac_murphy (Post 158758)
Steel wool and hydrofluoric acid for me.

-Jacques

Yeah. I use what's handy. Pine cones, ballast, driftwood, stuff like that.

Dennis A. Livesey 08-17-2012 04:39 AM

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.

Holloran Grade 08-17-2012 08:07 PM

One word -

Dishwasher.

JimThias 08-18-2012 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dennis A. Livesey (Post 158766)

Lens brush, rocket blower, micro cloths and lens pens are your friends.

And don't forget the good old huff of warm breath. :smile:

Chris Z 08-18-2012 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimThias (Post 158801)
And don't forget the good old huff of warm breath. :smile:

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.

Chris Z

MagnumForce 08-18-2012 06:36 PM

Any soft cloth works fine, be it the inside of your t shirt or a microfiber cloth.

JimThias 08-19-2012 12:06 AM

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.

BarrySr 08-20-2012 07:26 AM

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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