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    Lens cleaning

    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.
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    i just breathe on it...but consideing your from adelaide, maybe buy some sort of cleaner to be on the safe side.
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    ouch... Low blow rooz
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    lol...is there any other kind ?
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    Get yourself one or two of these. You will seriously thank me later...

    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Lens-Pen...1473420&sr=8-1
    Or
    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Lens-Pen...1473420&sr=8-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    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.

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    I swear by the Nikon Lens Pen.

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    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
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    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.
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    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?
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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