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Old Dec 19, 2007, 9:47 PM   #1
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I did some searching on cleaning lenses. Some of the advice I readmakes it seem like the camera lens should either be professionally cleaned or done very carefully.

Back in the 70's one of my friends had a photo store employee say that the coating on lenses were so good that you could put out a cigarette on one and not have it damage it.

With my old camera I use to wipe my lens off with what was ever available and never saw any degradation of picture quality.

I certainly don't want to ruin my new lens by wiping it off with an old cloth.

What are the expert opinons on cleaning lenses?
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Old Dec 20, 2007, 12:33 AM   #2
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As with so many of my replies, I start with "It depends..."

Some lenses for Point and shoot cameras are plastic (probably acrylic or polycarbonate with a coating) and can be fairly easily scratched from improper cleaning. Others, particularly the superzooms, are mostly coated glass, and hard enough to take minor abuse, pretty much like SLR lenses. Any lens can be scratched if it gets sand or other grit rubbed in to it.

Personally, I'm not too fussy. I just brush off any debris, fog the surface with my breath, and wipe clean with soft cotton or microfiber. Grease or oil usually needs a bit of isopropyl alcohol to remove completely.

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Old Dec 20, 2007, 10:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I have a panasonic super zoom.
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