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Salah Yousef

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How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:17:47 PM »
When I bought my 600D/T3i camera with 18-55mm lens, the seller used alcohol wipe and glasses microfiber cleaning cloth to clean both the LCD screen and camera lens. Is that safe ? Or should he have used something else ? Also, I didn't clean my lenses ever since I bought my camera, how often should I clean it and with what ?

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How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:17:47 PM »

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 04:18:51 PM »
I use the stuff you clean tv's with and a lint free  micro fiber cloth.   usually I will spritz,  then Dab,  then re sspritz,  then write clean.
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 04:38:09 PM »
Rocket Blower + Lenspen are an awesome combo. I use the blower to remove dust, the brush on the pen to get anything else off and the pens' carbon dust to clean the lens.

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 05:10:23 PM »
I use Zeiss disposable wipes. It's packaged like alcohol pads. With each wipe I'd wipe the lens and my glasses while I'm at it. Each wipe probably costs around 10 cents. Worth it or not is your personal decision.  It makes things easier for me.
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2013, 05:18:27 PM »
Purosol
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 06:08:44 PM »
Rocket Blower + Lenspen are an awesome combo. I use the blower to remove dust, the brush on the pen to get anything else off and the pens' carbon dust to clean the lens.

exactly what i do. it's the best solution in my mind.
i have the kit of three lenspens. normal lens one, filter one and small viewfinder one.
vital to use rocket blower first to avoid rubbing small damaging particles of stuff around with the lens pen. as long as you make sure you do this the lenspens are perfect.
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 06:15:43 PM »
I use Purosol as well with Pecpads. I follow up with an Ilford antistatic cloth. I had a 135 f/2 front element which had horrible goo specks and I couldn't get them off and was worried about the coating but I just kept doing light applications 4 or 5 times and finally cleaned up nicely. For dust I use a Rocket Blower and gravity.

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 06:35:49 PM »
+1 for the Rocket blower.

Then I use B&W lens cleaner fluid with Mikros microfibre cleaning cloth. A squirt of the fluid on the cloth, and a gentle wipe. Takes less than a minute.
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2013, 07:35:00 PM »
Flash light, blower, lens pen

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2013, 07:39:14 PM »
Rocket Blower + Lenspen are an awesome combo. I use the blower to remove dust, the brush on the pen to get anything else off and the pens' carbon dust to clean the lens.

+1
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2013, 08:06:56 PM »
The best thing to do is to avoid needing to clean them.  Make sure you never touch the glass on either end of the lens.  Use a lens hood to prevent contact on the front element.

Use a blower to remove dust.  Don't wipe the lens with any cloths or fluids unless you have to.

I don't baby my lenses, but it's extremely rare that I need to do anything other that blow dust off.

And avoid shooting in places with lots of cigarette smoke or similar stuff if you can help it.

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2013, 08:46:35 PM »
Pop it in the dishwasher.

Not too much soap powder.
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2013, 09:47:31 PM »
Pop it in the dishwasher.

Not too much soap powder.

Does that only work with weather sealed lenses? ;D
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2013, 09:47:31 PM »

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2013, 06:08:01 AM »
I strongly suggest checking out this:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/05/the-lensrentals-lens-cleaning-methods

Those guys know what they are doing and also put the whole thing into perspective.
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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2013, 06:17:28 AM »
Still no one answered my question lol. Is it safe to clean the lens and LCD screen with alcohol wipe ?

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Re: How to clean lenses ?
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2013, 06:17:28 AM »