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Old Sep 12, 2009, 7:23 PM   #1
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Default Is the goat hair brush absolutely safe for lenses?

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I got a goat hair brush which came with the Giottos cleaning kit I bought a while back. I usually just use the rocket air blower to get rid of dust on the lens. But, sometime it's not strong enough to overcome the static electricity. So, I have used a microfiber cloth to gently wipe off dust on the lens, which has worked just fine. But, I think using a brush is much easier especially while I'm out for shooting.

I have scratched the coating once when I used a lens cleaning paper. So, I'm kind of cautious now. I understand tiny scratches on the coating won't affect the photos though.

I just would like to know if the goat hair is physically impossible to scratch the coating or not.

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Old Sep 12, 2009, 8:07 PM   #2
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I think it's safe to use. Because, when I checked the "What's in your camera bag?" thread, I saw Mark (one of our mods) carries a lens pen. The brush part of the lens pen is made of goat hair, I think. So, since he uses it, it's safe I assume.

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Old Sep 12, 2009, 9:41 PM   #3
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i am pretty sure that either goat's hair or camel's hair brushes are safe for lens coatings.
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Old Sep 12, 2009, 10:22 PM   #4
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Thanks for taking your time to reply me.

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Keep in mind that while goat's hair and Camel's hair brushes, along with micro-fiber cloths and such, are themselves safe on lenses, they will result in scratches or oily smears if they have become dirty with grit or oil. Even lens tissue is, itself, safe. All of these can result in scratches if what you are pushing around on the surface of the glass is harder than the lens coating.

The watch words are "be gentle and keep the tool, be it brush cloth or tissue, clean". In the case of brushes, NEVER touch the bristles with your finger; you will transfer oil with will streak the lens.
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Old Sep 13, 2009, 11:39 AM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up Dwig. That's exactly what I have been wondering about also as my friend was touching my goat hair brush with her fingers the other day. That kind of upset me, but I didn't tell her anything. I'm glad I haven't used it since then.

Well, I'll get a new one as it's reasonably cheap enough.

Thanks again. I just quit using filters, so I wanted to know how to maintain the lenses properly.

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Goat hair, sable, Taklon are among the safest for camera lens use. Just keep them in a sealed baggie when not in use. PS Don't contaminate the bristles with oils from your skin, and always, if you must clean your lens, do it in a "clean" indoor, in the car, or enclosed environment.
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Actually, the car is a pretty bad place. You're actually better off outdoors than in a car.
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