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  1. #1
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    Housekeeping!

    Hola amigos! Just came back and looked at my pics from today, they all had a glare on them.... checked the lens and there's a big juicy thumb print in the middle of it. Tried wiping it with my spectacles cleaner, and it was ok, but still a bit greasy. Do you clean your lenses often, and if in case like today, how do you clean your lens when you're on the go? Is there a recommended way to keep it clean, and any definite no-no's when it comes to cleaning the lens and camera?
    Thanks!


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  2. #2
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    I would say total submersion is a definite no-no. If you use a slightly damp super clean microfiber, that should take the finger prints off. Just use very light pressure, start in the center and go in circles out to the perimeter. Follow up with a dry microfiber if needed to take care of any streaks. Light pressure and low moisture are key.
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    Mostly use two things, a microfiber cloth and Lenspen kit. Clean the lens quite frequently, start by using the brush in the Lenspen while holding the lens facing the ground, then clean with a microfiber cloth. If there are smudges that do not come off, I then use the cleaning side of the Lenspen.
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    €‹€‹€‹€‹There are lots of videos on You Tube on cleaning your lens.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/pups_pleasure/


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    Re: Housekeeping!

    I would try first with a decent camera lens cloth and failing that I use Eclipse Lens Cleaning Fluid applied with pec-pad wipes.
    The latter combination I have used for years and have always found them to be excellent.
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    Thanks! Think it was more a technique issue, didnt dare use any moisture so ended up rubbing the stain further. Going from the inside to out, with a damp microfibre, that has removed it without smudges now.

    I could watch youtube but what can I say, I enjoy interacting with you, you all know your stuff, and its impartial advice always
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsRobs View Post
    Thanks! Think it was more a technique issue, didnt dare use any moisture so ended up rubbing the stain further. Going from the inside to out, with a damp microfibre, that has removed it without smudges now.

    I could watch youtube but what can I say, I enjoy interacting with you, you all know your stuff, and its impartial advice always
    Totally agree with you as not all the people on youtube can be trusted with their so called 'expert advice'. Keeping asking on here
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    For something like that, I use Pec-Pads along with eye glass cleaner. Usually I spray a little eye glass cleaner on the Pec-Pad to moisten it before starting at the center of the lens or filter and moving in a clockwise or counter wise direction until I reach the outside edge of the lens/filter. The eye glasses cleaner I get at the store where I get my eye glasses made. As Peter7100 suggested, you could try the sensor cleaning liquid made by Eclipse. I use Eclipse to clean my sensor but never used it to clean any lenses or filters.

    The Ped-Pads are lint free and thicker than normal eye glass papers.

    https://www.amazon.com/PEC-PAD-Lint-...3765561&sr=8-1

    For microfiber cloths, I use these based on the high number of Amazon ratings. These have been excellent.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    I have a pair of LensPens, a pair of those microfiber cloths that stuff into a holder with a clip, and I also keep those 1-use pre-moistened lens wipes. The disposable wipes are mainly for cleaning my glasses, but I will go after a greasy lens or filter with them too. They all work as they should. The last batch of wipes I bought even are branded Nikon since they were cheaper than the Zeiss branded ones this time.
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  10. #10
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    Re: Housekeeping!

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    For something like that, I use Pec-Pads along with eye glass cleaner. Usually I spray a little eye glass cleaner on the Pec-Pad to moisten it before starting at the center of the lens or filter and moving in a clockwise or counter wise direction until I reach the outside edge of the lens/filter. The eye glasses cleaner I get at the store where I get my eye glasses made. As Peter7100 suggested, you could try the sensor cleaning liquid made by Eclipse. I use Eclipse to clean my sensor but never used it to clean any lenses or filters.

    The Ped-Pads are lint free and thicker than normal eye glass papers.

    https://www.amazon.com/PEC-PAD-Lint-...3765561&sr=8-1

    For microfiber cloths, I use these based on the high number of Amazon ratings. These have been excellent.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Thanks, got the whole kit ordered from Amazon and I will keep some in my bag for on the go. Another question, when you say you clean your sensor, what do you mean by that? I get its the inside of the camera, but what specifically are you cleaning? And when do you know it needs a clean?





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