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Old Jul 6, 2009, 1:54 PM   #1
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What is the best way to clean the DSL lens for day to day use.
Dust blower to remove the dust and then use a len pen or len (microfiber) cloth or paper. Will the len pen and paper scratch the len.

I use a microfiber cloth (brand new) that I purchase at Costco to clean the len and after that there are worst than before.

Or I using some len cleaner solution.

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Old Jul 6, 2009, 2:31 PM   #2
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First, it will take a lot of dirt to adversly affect image quality. Don't worry about it too much.

Second, the least obtrusive methods are always the safest. A blower brush is a good idea. A lens pen is a good idea so long as you use it as directed. A microfiber cloth is a good idea so long as you lift away the dirt instead of just push it around.

Third, there are people here that will freely admit that they clean their lenses with the relatively clean shirttail of the shirt they happen to be wearing at the time. (I am not one of them.)
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...Third, there are people here that will freely admit that they clean their lenses with the relatively clean shirttail of the shirt they happen to be wearing at the time. (I am not one of them.)
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I am. :-)

Me, too. I've been known to clean both eyeglasses and camera lenses with a soft cotton t-shirt (not one of the newer designs with nylon mixed in).

My normal lens cleaner is a cotton t-shirt with a drop or two of water on one corner.

I'm sure we're not the only ones doing it with a t-shirt. See this thread for one example. ;-)

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ge...-cleaning.html

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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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... and wipe in a circular direction.

No. Radially. From the center to the edge, rotating the lens a few degrees with each swipe until the entire surface of the lens has been cleaned. Even if you are only using a shirttail.
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You mean I can't use my mud encrusted sock to clean the camera lens?
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You mean I can't use my mud encrusted sock to clean the camera lens?
Sure. So long as the mud is soft.
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I use a microfiber cloth (brand new) that I purchase at Costco to clean the len and after that there are worst than before.

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I have found that some of the microfiber cloths tend to shed fibers,which, being synthetic material attach themselves to the lens due to the static electricity generated by rubbing the cloth on the lens. There are lens brushes made which will neutralize the static charge, and help keep dust from being picked up as well.

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I keep a good quality UV filter on all the time, unless I'm indoors in a controlled environment. Dirt never touches the lens.
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The outer elements of modern lenses are toughened. They are actually very robust. The coatings do tend to make them tricky to clean though.

I use water and an old tough cotton cloth. A t-shirt will do. :-)

If you use a UV filter then you still have to clean the UV filter.
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