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View Poll Results: how do you clean your lenses?
lens tissue only 25 6.02%
lens tissue and lens cleaner (liquid) 83 20.00%
lens brush and/or air 64 15.42%
microfiber or similiar "new fangled" cloth 125 30.12%
whatever shirt you happen to have on 76 18.31%
i don't clean my lenses 42 10.12%
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Old 08-18-2016   #121
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Blow of what will come off, try a brush, resort to lens cleaner.

I take great pains to use caps and not clean them
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Old 08-18-2016   #122
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Machine wash warm; tumble dry low.

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Old 09-08-2016   #123
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Machine wash warm; tumble dry low.

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And of course you put some Downy on it right?
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Old 09-10-2016   #124
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Machine wash warm; tumble dry low.

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This is MY preferred method for cleaning ALL expensive lenses.
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Old 09-13-2016   #125
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And of course you put some Downy on it right?
Only when I want a soft focus effect.

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Old 09-13-2016   #126
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Easy, here´s all you need to know
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Old 09-30-2016   #127
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Old 09-30-2016   #128
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Anti-reflection coating (mostly magnesium fluoride) is extra hard. It is never scratched by papers; what scratches the coating is dirt and similar particles.

What i use is glass cleaner (like Windex) and soft toilet paper (which is a cheap substitute for tissue).

I blow the lens with a big blower thingy; then i apply glass cleaner to a bit of toilet paper, clean from the center to the outside and then i wipe off the residue with a bit of fresh paper.

Works every time perfectly without scratches or residue.
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Old 10-08-2016   #129
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all my lenses have filters on them from new (or new to me) so never really clean the lens only the filter which is normally the corner of my tshirt/shirt/jumper etc.
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Old 10-22-2016   #130
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all my lenses have filters on them from new (or new to me) so never really clean the lens only the filter which is normally the corner of my tshirt/shirt/jumper etc.
This, for the most part. I use one of those retractable brushes for lenses that don't have a clear filter. Keeping the hood on all of the time has kept fingerprints at bay, so it's just managing dust for the most part.
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Old 10-22-2016   #131
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usually my cotton t shirt
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usually my cotton t shirt

Hmmm. You are doing it properly, by running 5 miles while wearing the t-shirt and then cleaning the lens with it, yes?
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Old 10-22-2016   #133
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Hmmm. You are doing it properly, by running 5 miles while wearing the t-shirt and then cleaning the lens with it, yes?
It will give special bokeh effect . You may name it "Sumo".
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Hmmm. You are doing it properly, by running 5 miles while wearing the t-shirt and then cleaning the lens with it, yes?
Too much salt in the sweat, could lead to flaring.

Stick to tshirt plus distilled virgin tears.
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Too much salt in the sweat, could lead to flaring.

Stick to tshirt plus distilled virgin tears.

Got a link for them tears? My old vendor went out of business.
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Old 12-03-2016   #136
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I just lick it and a little 300 grit sandpaper and she's good to go.
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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.
Hi Andy,
Yes, they are dry now, so I use some lens cleaning liquid for a few drops.
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Old 09-06-2018   #138
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The front of my 30mm Hasselblad Fisheye Distagon was very cloudy dirty and I cleaned it with a Zeiss lens cleaning kit I bought on Ebay. Now it is like new. I have enough wipes and Zeiss spray in large bottles to last a lifetime.

Sometimes I just breathe on my lenses and filters and wipe them gently with my clean cotton tee shirt. That usually does the job.
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Old 09-19-2018   #139
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Step #1, of course, is to meticuliously clean the lens cap(s). You don't want to dump dust and grit from a dirty cap onto a cleaned lens.
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Old 09-19-2018   #140
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I'm not sure which of the items listed in the poll would be most accurate for me.


I blow dust off the lens and inside of the lens cap with a large bulb blower.


I breathe onto a lens tissue or micro-fiber cloth and onto the lens, then gently wipe the lens. I haven't needed to use lens cleaning fluid in many years, and I'm not sure I even have any around.


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I was interested to see how few people mentioned ROR (Residual Oil Remover). Is that because it is relatively unknown, other people are careful never to get oils on their lenses, or people know something I don't about ROR?
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Old 09-20-2018   #142
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While I replied early in the thread that I use very fine sand (the most I have used is Iraqi sand) I also occasionally use straight up concrete and simply drop the camera on it.
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Old 09-23-2018   #143
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I remember watching a sports photographer at Silverstone many years ago. First he extracted a Nikon F2 camera from his bag; no body cap so he blew the dust out with a good lungfull. He then removed a 300mm Nikkor; no caps, fitted it to the body and then scrubbed the front element 'clean' using his tie (I wondered why he was wearing one).

For those who use dishwashers or clothes washers can I recommend Techwash which is a pure soap .....
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