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View Poll Results: how do you clean your lenses?
lens tissue only 23 5.99%
lens tissue and lens cleaner (liquid) 75 19.53%
lens brush and/or air 58 15.10%
microfiber or similiar "new fangled" cloth 120 31.25%
whatever shirt you happen to have on 71 18.49%
i don't clean my lenses 37 9.64%
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Old 10-29-2011   #81
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Old 10-29-2011   #82
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Old 10-29-2011   #83
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Old 10-30-2011   #84
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To remove doest the little Hama "lipstick" brush is very good. An accidental fingerprint will be taken away with one breath and wipe with dedicated lens cloth. If the above does not remove the dirt I use the Zeiss lens cleaner fluid together with the lens cloth or special lens cleaning paper (looks like thin tissue). My wife works in laser physics and optics - so I let her to advice me how to clean optical elements
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Old 10-30-2011   #85
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I use a very good kit from Zeiss, only when really needed, mostly just a powerful blower, also I dont let anyone but myself handle my lenses, nor do I ever lend them to anyone!! I have learned that the hard way over the last 50 years.
I worked and saved damned hard to get them, if someone else wants a lens I have they can do the same or do without.
I know it doesn't sound very friendly, but this policy has worked for years and kept me friends. For if there is a problem then I have only myself to blame. For the same reasons I do not borrow lenses or cameras.
There is an old Scottish saying about "ner a borrower or a lender be ( might one of Burns one liners!!) "
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Old 10-30-2011   #86
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Filters go on my lenses as soon as they're unpacked. I clean the filters by using a blower to get rid of the dust, then a microfiber cloth. I may switch to lens tissue and alcohol after reading this thread.

Probably best to avoid fabric softener when washing that microfiber cloth, or tee shirt, or whatever, because it leaves a bit of residue behind.
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Old 10-30-2011   #87
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I do use filters on my Mamiya 6 lenses too.
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Old 10-30-2011   #88
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Uv filter
Never clean my lenses. The old clean lenses I have, a collapsible summicron with pristine coatings always had a filter. The dirty scratched one never had one. I want to make sure my grandchildren have clean lenses

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Old 12-25-2011   #89
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I usually grab a box of Kimwipes from the school science labs and a bottle of their microscope lens cleaning solution. I dont really like reusable cloths because after a while they accumulate all the dust, dirt, and oil that you wipe off your lenses and soon you're smearing oil all over your lenses instead of cleaning them!
+1 for Kimwipes. Personally, though, I just got a lens pen because I was sick of getting smear marks on my lens from breathing on them and it's great.
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Old 12-25-2011   #90
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Don't use filters and don't find they really need cleaning. On the odd occasion that someone spits on the glass or something some alcohol and microfiber/cotton swab/t-shirt work just fine.
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Micro fiber cloth for all of my DSLR and Voigtlander glass, lightly with tissue for the Summicron which I try not to clean. Alcohol don't work for a recovering alcoholic.
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When at home, i use a cleaner for optical glasses by Zeiss, and when on the go, i use a microfiber cloth.
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Old 12-25-2011   #93
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Old 12-25-2011   #94
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When at home, i use a cleaner for optical glasses by Zeiss, and when on the go, i use a microfiber cloth.

Hello Raid

Do you mean like the small disposable Pre-Moistened "cloths" used for eye glasses? I have used those in the past and they worked very well.
It seems like Zeiss changed something when I bought the last box of them.
They were quite dry and ineffective compared to before.
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Any of the first 4 responses works for me, depending on what is being cleaned off.
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Only in the top rack.
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Old 01-26-2012   #97
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I have Loreal Make up brush and Chamois skin for optic cleaning which I can reuse after washing. Very safe soft cleaning for lenses.
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Old 01-26-2012   #98
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Tee-shirt if any cleaning at all
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Old 01-30-2012   #99
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I always use a blower first, then a q-tip wetted with a little Eclipse cleaning fluid (which evaporates very quickly), then a dry q tip to make sure the surface is dry and free of residue.
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Old 01-30-2012   #100
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rub it on my t shirt.

Im too lazy to carry around additional cleaning equipment
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Old 01-30-2012   #101
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lenspen.

If I dont have that with me, my cotton t shirt works fine.
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Old 01-30-2012   #102
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Preventive: lens hood, B+W filter.
Post-shoot: air blower, microfiber for body.
If necessary: lens pen

I try to keep messing with my lenses at a minimal.
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Old 02-05-2012   #103
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As little as possible and as gently as possible. Particularly my coated Summitar.

If it's just dusty, I will always first try to blast the dust off with a Giotto's rocket. If that fails, I'll try fogging the lens with my breath (i.e. nothing but a trace of distilled water) and using a lens tissue. If that fails, I'll try moistening the tissue in lens-cleaning solution first.
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Old 02-10-2012   #104
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Lens brush/blower to blow away or gently wipe away grit. Any smudges get cleaned up with a very light wiping with lens cleaner and tissue.
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Old 02-10-2012   #105
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I use a microfiber cloth and a Promaster Lenspen.
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Old 02-11-2012   #106
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I mostly don't.
Mostly I gently blow/brush away any actual pieces of stuff and other wise leave the lens alone.
Very occasionally, I will get out the lens cleaner fluid and either a new microfiber--NOT the one I use on my eyeglasses!--or lens tissues and clean the lens. I mostly have a filter on my lenses (typically a yellow or yellow-green when I'm shooting BW, a UV on when I'm shooting color ) and would rather clean the filter than the lens.
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Whenever I sneeze over a lens, I clean it with a microfibre cloth.

Other than that, I do not clean my lenses at all.

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Old 03-04-2012   #108
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A big blower first, one thats meant for sensors, if that does not work a brush and finally if I have been a klutz I use one of these fancy cloth things. I only use the cloth for a short time and then replace as I have a few in sealed packets and the old one cleans my monitor or reading glasses.
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Unless there are Raindrops or grease smudges, I let it be or gently blow dust off.

A leftower from telescopic rifle sights. Old habit.
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Old 03-05-2012   #110
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I have a "UV Protector" filter on the front of the lens I use the most and with many different locations. The cameras used in less adverse environments I don't any filter on the front.

When cleaning I usually use a cotton T-Shirt and cleaner.

I keep the cameras, when not in use, either in my Pelican case or in a bookshelf library that has a hinged glass door for each section. This seems to give adequate protection from dust and other stuff floating around!
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i think to use blower first, followed if still needed delicate wiping witg PEC-PAD paper (lint-free ultra soft) and lens cleaning fluid.
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Bit of whatever is around. Shirt and breath, microfiber with or without alcohol, paper tissue, window cleaning fluid, mix of hydrogen peroxide+ammoniac+distilled water.
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i use an sos pad...










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Old 06-25-2016   #114
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A lot has been written on usage of UV/ Clear filters on lenses. Ignoring all that when I buy a new lens I buy a best quality Clear Multi Coated filter for it. All that I have to clean is the filter surface not the lens.
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Old 06-25-2016   #115
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I think it to be important to get rid of grit or dust with a blast of air before any wiping commences. Otherwise there is a greater risk of scratching of lens surfaces. To finish up, I often use a liquid cleaner on a micro fibre cloth if smudges are present on the lens surface.

As to the lens body I often use a dedicated smallish sized (one inch wide) paint brush that I bought for this purpose. This gets rid of dust in crevices. Then if there is any oily grunge etc (more a problem with newly bought second hand lenses) I then use a dedicated toothbrush lightly dampened with a kitchen cleaning spray. I do not spray the lens itself of course. Then a final wipe with a clean dry cloth.
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Old 06-28-2016   #116
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I remember using a special cloth made and sold by leica years ago, alas I lost it, it costed a small fortune if one looks at such accessories now.

I usually resort to some small drops of distilled water on lens cleaning tissues, the tissues after wetting are used as sponges, leaving delicately some distilled water on the surface without pressuring directly with my fingers.

Then i remove the excess water with dry tissues, almost without pressuring.

In case of old lenses with some finger grease or worst I use isopropyl alcohol applied in the same way.

this alcohol tends sometimes to leave some halo that can be removed with distilled water as above.


With very dirty lenses this method is still partially successful, since grease and soot are not completely removed until many passes have been performed.
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Old 06-28-2016   #117
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I use UV filters so the lenses don't need cleaning very often. When they do, materials vary but the method is always the same--clean gently.

I cannot recall if it was a new E. Leitz lens or a new E. Leitz Trinovid binocular I bought once in the long distance past that recommended using a soft cotton cloth and breath condensation.
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Old 06-28-2016   #118
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I also use the Zeiss 'wet wipes'. Tried microfiber but they leave strains of fiber on the lens, not good!
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Old 07-07-2016   #119
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I always make sure to wear 100% cotton t-shirts.

But seriously, softest cloth available, as gently as possible.

lens pens are a good thing.
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Old 08-18-2016   #120
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i do use filters on my lenses, but when I do clean my filters I first blow off any dust, etc with a rocket blower or canned air. Then apply Scotch Tape as needed to lift off fingerprints or anything adhered to the filter. That's usually all I need. The last step would be ROR and a lens cloth.

Scotch tape also works magic to clean my laptop screen.

Learned this trick from on old timer during a photo internship while in college.
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