Pt. 1: How to Clean A Camera Lens
Nobody wants a fingerprint or smudge in the middle of their prize photos. Keeping your camera lens is important, but should be done only when needed. With proper storage, in a camera case with a lens cover on, the number of cleanings required will be minimal. Much cheaper than a professional cleaning, these simple, effective cleaning steps from photographytalk.com can clean your camera right at home.
You Will Need:
- Camel hair lens brush
- Blower brush
- Lens cleaning cloth or lens cleaning tissue
- Lens cleaner
- Start by using the blower brush to remove as much dust and loose dirt as possible.
- Next, use a camel hair lens brush to gently remove any remaining dirt.
- Use our breath or a drop of lens cleaner to moisten the lens surface.
- Wipe it clean with a lens cleaning cloth or lens cleaning tissue. Wipe in a circular motion starting from the center and working outward.
Additional Tips and Advice:
- If you don’t have a blower brush, a clean, unused ear syringe can be used instead.
- Try to clean your lens with as little contact as needed. The more contact and wiping, the higher risk of scratches or damage to the lens surface.
- Only clean your lens when needed, to avoid any damage.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol, eye glass cleaner or eye glass tissues to clean a lens. The chemicals included in these products can be damaging to the lens surface.
- Professional cleanings can be costly, but will give your camera a thorough cleaning. When your camera needs more than this level of cleaning, contact a professional to have all parts properly cleaned.
- Sometimes, it's safer not to try and clean your camera. If your hands are rough from travel, your nails are chewed and gnarly, or your fingers have super glue still on them from a previous projects, you risk scratching your lens or internals of your camera. It's better in the long-run to just edit dust out of photos in post-processing and wait until you can safely clean your gear.