View Full Version : 14-54mm lens cleaning

04-22-2008, 05:33 PM
Help! I have an E510 that came with the 14-54mm kit lens. I can hear a grinding sound in the lens when I zoom it out and back. (I think it can from a recent excursion to the beach. Does anyone out there have any experience in cleaning this lens?? thanks

04-22-2008, 07:37 PM
Oh, that's so very bad. And damaging. I'd contact Olympus immediately and get an estimate on a tear down and clean. The clearances are so tight I can't think of anything that could slide down a lens tube to dislodge the grit.

04-22-2008, 08:48 PM
I have considered using compressed air but am a bit concerned that it woudl just move the contamination further into the lens. Opinions?

04-22-2008, 11:26 PM
Is that the "dust sealed" 14-54mm lens? Should I be concerned about using mine in dusty/sandy places?

04-23-2008, 05:41 AM
I'd try drawing it out rather than blowing it in. A lightweight vacuum with an upholstery brush. They make adapters for computer cleaning that come with tiny brushes. I use that for cleaning out printers, keyboards, fan assemblies....

I never bring an expensive camera to a beach for casual shooting. Besides the sand you have the heat, humidity, corrosion factor, etc. It's not worth the hassle.

04-23-2008, 06:40 AM
It is the kit lens so I doubt it.