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Old Sep 15, 2003, 3:13 PM   #1
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hi, I got a Canon digital Ixus 400 recently and recently noticed a huge fingerprint on the lens. I'd like to clean the print off the lens but dont know what is the best/safest thing to use. I dont want to damage/scratch the lens. I was thinking of getting a lens cleaning pen, the one I was thinking of was the 'Hama Lens Cleaner Pen Minipro'. Are these good, easy to use and dont damage/scratch the lens? Or is there a better way. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm a complete photo noob and really like this camera and dont wanna ruin it.
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Old Sep 15, 2003, 6:58 PM   #2
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Anything clean and soft will do fine. Special lens cleaning cloths are the ideal thing of course but even toilet paper or Kleenex is OK too but might leave some lint behind. I've lost count of how many times I have used the tail of my t-shirt to clean a lens or LCD screen. The important things are it must be soft and clean and wipe in a circular direction.

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Old Sep 15, 2003, 11:24 PM   #3
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The best way to clean fingerprints is lens cleaning fluid and lens cleaning tissue, available at camera stores.

Microfiber cloths are okay but they aren't as clean as single use tissue.

I use my shirt and undershirt with no problems, but noticed that the polyester in them scratch my CD's, so I'm a bit wary of them.
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I have noticed that even lens tissue leaves lint behind (particularlly noticable on dark filters like ir ones. Does anybody know of anything disposable that doesn't leave lint (I know you can use a blower brush or canned air but the lint still just annoys me)?
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Old Sep 17, 2003, 12:11 AM   #5
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Quite some time ago (5..10 yr range) I got a supply of commercial quality micro fiber lens tissue from Edmund Scientific that does not leave any (noticeable) lint and is extremely
gentle on delicate multicoated optics.

At the time, it was only sold in, what I would call, industrial quantities. In other words, I had to buy what amounts to a life time supply, so I have had no need
to reorder and thus I can't say if this tissue is still available from them.

It might be worth your while to Google 'Edmund Scientific' and if they are still in business, check their optical products area.
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Quite some time ago (5..10 yr range) I got a supply of commercial quality micro fiber lens tissue from Edmund Scientific that does not leave any (noticeable) lint and is extremely
gentle on delicate multicoated optics.

At the time, it was only sold in, what I would call, industrial quantities. In other words, I had to buy what amounts to a life time supply, so I have had no need
to reorder and thus I can't say if this tissue is still available from them.

It might be worth your while to Google 'Edmund Scientific' and if they are still in business, check their optical products area.
Thanks for the info. All they had was this
http://scientificsonline.com/product.asp?pn=3052105
I am not sure if it is the same but for 5$ it's worth a try.
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Old Sep 17, 2003, 7:39 PM   #7
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Try a Lenspen:

http://www.lenspen.com/

I've been using them for years and have not scratched a lens.




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Old Sep 17, 2003, 11:12 PM   #8
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Richard: try this link:
http://www.edmundoptics.com/IOD/Brow...&FromCatID=174
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Old Sep 17, 2003, 11:27 PM   #9
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Yup. It was either that or this:

http://www.edmundoptics.com/IOD/Disp...productid=1638

that I got some years back.
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Thanks!!! Thats an even beter deal. 12$ for 500 4x8 sheets. One thing I am really sick of is going to a camera store and they try to sell you this tiny pack of like 10 or 20 tiny pieces for 5$. It will be nice to have a supply that will last for quite a while!
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