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Old Apr 14, 2003, 4:50 AM   #1
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Default Lens cleaning?

I got an Olympus C-4000 about a week ago and so far I've been thrilled with the pictures. This is my first digital camera. While handling the camera I accidentally touched the lens and left a small finger print. There's also some small dust particles stuck on. I keep the lens cap on whenever the camera is not on. So I'm wondering, what does everyone recommend for cleaning their lens? Should I even touch it or just leave it alone? I wouldn't imagine it affecting image quality that much but I have an urge to keep the lens perfectly clean. I've ordered a lens tube and UV filter to protect the lens but it hasn't arrived yet. Any suggestions?
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Old Apr 14, 2003, 7:37 AM   #2
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Get a small blower brush and a "pentax" lens cleaning cloth (or equivalent). Any camera shop should stock these. Avoid "linty" cloths as these can create their own dust and you may wish to note that calotherm style cloths seem to have fallen out of favour.

Always use the blower brush first to remove any dust etc and then after breathing (lightly) on the lens apply the lens cleaning cloth. I check the lens of my camera before each field trip and clean if required. For me this means cleaning about once a week.
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Old Apr 14, 2003, 8:59 AM   #3
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you may wish to note that calotherm style cloths seem to have fallen out of favour.
Interesting, I used to use these. But the last time I picked up a lens cleaning cloth at my camera shop, they were in a tissue pack and seemed to be of quite hard material with strong fibres, harder than loo paper! I felt the Calotherm was much softer. Although I do think disposable in a sealed bag is the right way. Most of the time I only use an airbrush, but a finger mark can be quite stubborn to remove.
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Old Apr 14, 2003, 11:41 AM   #4
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"pentax" lens cleaning cloth (or equivalent).
I use this too, a sort of microweave cloth and excellent too, the best I've ever used.
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Old Apr 14, 2003, 5:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I will give it a try soon.
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