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Dread Pirate Roberts
09-15-2008, 02:54 AM
What is the best way to clean my lens and or UV filter. I've searched previous threads and nothing really hit me in the face as a definative answer.

Normally I just dry wipe with a lens cleaning cloth (from my optometrist).

I've heard some chemist lens cleaning products don't go well with multicoated filters. Do I need pure isopropanol?

This time I got a bunch of salt spray on the lens which probably has microscopic sand particulates so I'd rather use a wet process to clean.

Penny (or at least thanks) for your thoughts.

Rooz
09-15-2008, 03:41 AM
i just breathe on it...but consideing your from adelaide, maybe buy some sort of cleaner to be on the safe side.

ssil2000
09-15-2008, 04:00 AM
ouch... Low blow rooz

Rooz
09-15-2008, 04:04 AM
lol...is there any other kind ?

Visual Reality
09-15-2008, 04:11 AM
Get yourself one or two of these. You will seriously thank me later...

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Lens-Pen-Cleaning-System/dp/B00006JN3G/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1221473420&sr=8-1
Or
http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Lens-Pen-Pro-Kit/dp/B0014ZADVQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1221473420&sr=8-2

K1W1
09-15-2008, 04:41 AM
What is the best way to clean my lens and or UV filter.

I use one of those bags the girls put their "delicates" into then just put the lens in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. In the old days I used to use sacking and put them in the agitator washer but the lenses don't seem to be as strongly made as they used to be. :p

cincyimages
09-15-2008, 07:58 PM
I swear by the Nikon Lens Pen.

Dread Pirate Roberts
09-16-2008, 05:19 AM
I experimented with cleaning filter.

I tried warm running tap water with a gentle rub under my fingers with soap. Worked a treat and got rid of any grit and salt spray about as gently as I could think of.

I then tried windex to get rid of the dried water residue. Really bad. Put a load of specs and a horrible film all over the lens.

Washed it again with soap and water.

Then I tried methanol (which these days is really 95% ethanol + 5% water). Got the oil / water diffraction film thing again but at least without the specs/particulates.

Then gave it the foggy breath and a good wipe with a lens cloth. Came up all right. I think in future for a filter I'll use the soap and warm water followed by foggy breath.

For a lens I'll stick with foggy breath alone (not putting my lenses near a tap) or perhaps the "methanol" wipe if absolutely necessary.

Just my findings, no liability accepted if my method totally stuffs your gear:D

Old School
09-16-2008, 09:11 AM
What my dad told me was that the Lens pen is good- provided you don't have any solid chunks of anything on the lens.

If you have just the standard "rainbow/oily" stuff on there, the lens pen is great.

But, if you're rubbing that lens at all, you are taking a terrible risk that should anything be between you and the lens, it's gonna get ground into the lens, possibly ruining it.

He swears by a spray on chemical that literally lifts all the bad stuff off, to be brushed off with a camel hair brush, then after everything is off (and confirmed off, mind you), breathing and a simple optics cloth.

Dread Pirate Roberts
09-17-2008, 03:40 AM
Old school do you know what the chemical is?
I've seen other people in other threads here talk about pure isopropanol that I guess can be bought at camera shops?

I thought I'd try for a spray at my optometrist next time I'm shopping since I don't have a decent camera shop close by.

As an aside I always get a lot of fluff off my lens cloths, does anyone have one that doesn't drop lint despite systematic rubbing?

Old School
09-17-2008, 08:32 AM
Old school do you know what the chemical is?
I've seen other people in other threads here talk about pure isopropanol that I guess can be bought at camera shops?

I thought I'd try for a spray at my optometrist next time I'm shopping since I don't have a decent camera shop close by.

As an aside I always get a lot of fluff off my lens cloths, does anyone have one that doesn't drop lint despite systematic rubbing?


Tell ya what, DPR, I'll ask him specifically what the mystery chemical is, and mention the fuzzy lint droppings thing too.

It'll be tonight when I post the answer, FYI.

SuperCharged
09-17-2008, 10:53 AM
looks like im going to buy the nikon pen. thanks!

Old School
09-17-2008, 06:52 PM
http://www.arksky.org/asoclean.htm

I have been using this on all my fine optics for years, with excellent results.

You can also buy this in a kit with everything you need, premixed, etc from OPT:
http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=105-296-181-1952

http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=105-296-181-9794

Or here:

http://www.duchekconsult.com/ASO_cleaner.htm

http://www.duchekconsult.com/Pegasus_Andromeda_kits.htm

Remember – if you’re not SURE you need to clean your optics – you DON’T need to clean your optics :)
Dad

There ya go, DPR.

Dread Pirate Roberts
09-18-2008, 04:39 AM
Thanks old school, I really appreciated that 1st link.

I'd not thought that telescope people would have the same problems only more sensitive as us. Glad I'm not cleaning a 10" mirror.:)

If I was in the US I'd buy the premade product but a bit prohibitive to freight it to Aust. I'll keep the windex and strong solvents away from my lens.

Old School
09-18-2008, 05:41 AM
Thanks old school, I really appreciated that 1st link.

I'd not thought that telescope people would have the same problems only more sensitive as us. Glad I'm not cleaning a 10" mirror.:)

If I was in the US I'd buy the premade product but a bit prohibitive to freight it to Aust. I'll keep the windex and strong solvents away from my lens.

Welcome to it, bro. My dad uses that solution in that article for all his lenses on his cameras (he used to be a professional photographer, once upon a time), and on his telescope.

fionndruinne
09-18-2008, 05:50 PM
Hot running water really lifts off all kinds of crud. I don't use it on my lenses, but at the jobsite the hot water (talking 200 degrees f) from our truck-mount carpet machine will lift off all kinds of grime. Hot tap water should work on filters.