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Old Nov 28, 2005, 2:10 PM   #1
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I probably left the door wide open for the "lens cap" comments... but I was doing some black coffee droplet shots and afterwards noticed some tiny splashes on the lens.
Thank goodness I did them before I added the sugar.
I was wondering what is the usual trick for this setup, shoot through a glass pane and loose some quality or what?
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Old Nov 28, 2005, 3:47 PM   #2
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The easiest thing is probably to put a skylight or UV filter on your lens. These filters do not change your exposure settings and they are much less expensive than lenses. Many people keep one of these filters on their lens all the time.
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Old Nov 28, 2005, 6:32 PM   #3
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Filters are for wusses.

Just get yourself a cheap $5 Canon lens cleaner kit.

Here's the instructions:

- Use the bulb blower to remove the grit and/or dust off your lens. You don't want to polish the grit into your lens in later steps.

- Use the bulb brush to flick off specks if you have to, but use the blower first as it's more gentle.

- Then use the lens paper to very, very lightly polish your lens.

- For tough goobies, use the liquid lens cleaner on the tough spot and the cotton cloth to LIGHTLY remove the gooby. Then do the lens paper step.

I clean my lense about once every 8 hours of uncovered use.

The main thing is you want to preserve the coating on your lens while keeping it reasonably clean.

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Old Nov 29, 2005, 10:12 AM   #4
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Good points. I'd just add one more caution.

terry@softreq.com wrote:
... - Use the bulb brush ...
Don't ever touch the brush to anything but the lens, in paticular your skin. If you pick up a bit of oil, thatcan hold any grit on the brush and turn it into sandpaper. Same thing with anything else you touch the lens with.
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Old Nov 29, 2005, 2:14 PM   #5
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thanks kindly people, you've given me some more options, all good
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Old Dec 1, 2005, 4:42 AM   #6
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i just got a Kodak "pen" style lens cleaner.

It works great!

There's a brush on one end, and a smudge/grit removal tool on the other.
It's quite the invention!

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Old Mar 3, 2006, 3:59 AM   #7
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I use a Giottos Rocket Blower (large), which can be found at B&H, to first blow off all of the large particles. Then I brush the area clean with a Lenspen http://www.lenspen.com/ If it's really bad, then the Lenspen has a unique carbon tool on it that cleans off smudges, residue, etc. Same as the Kodak tool mentioned above. No more need for liquid cleaners or lens paper. Also, the rocket blower can blow off all of the dirt accumulated on the brush of your pen tool.
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