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Best Ways to Clean a Camera Lens

A dirty Lens can ruin your photos.

There are many ways to clean a Camera lens, but you must be careful. If you use the wrong materials, the lens can become scratched.

Read on to find out how to clean your camera lens to ensure your pictures come out terrific.

Keep Your Lens Clean

It’s best to store your lens in a way that keeps dirt from building up in the first place. Cleaning can do damage so it’s advisable to keep them clean. Here are some tips that will keep dirt from forming.  

·         Store your camera in a camera bag.

·         Store gear in a bright, dry location.

·         Let your gear dry out if it becomes wet.

·         Use a UV filter to protect the front of the lens.

·         Use a lens cap and hood when storing your camera

·         Never change lenses when you’re in a dusty area.

·         Go to a camera repair shop for regular maintenance.

·         Clean lenses as soon as they get dirty.

How to Clean Your Camera Lens

Now here are some cleaning tips.

Don’t Blow on the Lens

Blowing on the lens will cause moisture and dirt build up. Use a small blower instead.

Clean with a Microfiber Cloth or Lens Brush

You should always wipe down your lens with something soft such as a microfiber lens, a lens brush or cleaning tissues. Camel hair is a recommended material as it’s just about as soft as it gets.

Clean Your Viewfinder First

If you see spots when you look through your camera, try cleaning your viewfinder first. The dirt may be on the viewfinder and may not be on the lens. Use a microfiber cloth or another soft object to clean the viewfinder.

Clean the Lens Body and Hood

Your lens body and hood should be cleaned as well. A few drops of lens cleaning solutions and a microfiber cloth should do the trick. Q-tips can be used to remove dust in hard-to-reach areas like the manual/autofocus switch. Soft toothbrushes also work well, especially on the rubber focus and zoom rings.

Use Cleaning Fluid

If the blower and cleaning brush is not working to get your lens clean, you may want to add cleaning fluid. Cleaning fluid should not be applied directly to the lens because it will cause beads. Apply it to the cloth instead.

When using cleaning fluid, wipe in concentric circles to reduce streaks. Work from the center out using a circular motion that will push dirt and oil to the end. Don’t apply too much pressure as this can cause damage.

Clean the Lens Mount

The lens mount must also be kept clean. You can clean the mount using the same damp cloth you used on the lens.

Cleaning the Rear Optical Element

The rear optical elements may be sensitive because they are made of glass. You will want to start by using the air blower to reduce the chances of debris and dirt scratching the glass. Follow up with a dry microfiber cloth to clean smudges and dust.

It is best to store cloths in an airtight container to ensure they are not dirty when they use them. Check them for dirt before applying.

Other Notes

Lenses should be cleaned but avoid cleaning them too often. They have special coatings that may be removed by excessive cleaning.

Don’t clean lenses with products not recommended for lens cleaning. Different lenses may have different coatings and require different cleaners. Check the products you are using to ensure they don’t contain any chemicals that can harm your camera.

Now that you know how to clean your lenses, you can look forward to getting great shots that are free of distracting elements. What gear maintenance photography tips would you like to share?

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