One of my readers requested I write a post about Lens Cleaning.
Not long ago, I was giving a private photography lesson when I noticed how filthy my client’s lens was.
As it turns out, she had never cleaned it.
She was afraid to.
I clean my lenses constantly, and with good reason.
Trying to take a good photo through dirty glass is impossible.
Cleaning your lens isn’t difficult, but you do have to be careful not to scratch it.
(For instance, wiping a lens with a cloth when there’s sand on the lens would be BAD!)
First, I use a Giottos Rocket Air Blower to remove as much dust and debris as possible.
Yes, even the “little stuff” can scratch your lens.
A Giottos Rocket Air Blower is less than ten bucks, and I’ve had mine for years.
(It’s possible my kids laugh at me when I use my rocket blower, but hey – it works!)
After I’ve used the Air Blower, I use the brush on a LensPen to remove any remaining debris.
(A LensPen is also under ten bucks!)
I LOVE my LensPens …
I keep them everywhere.
(I have one in my car, one in my purse, one in every camera bag I own! I have a LensPen problem, I think!)
One end of the LensPen is a retractable soft brush, and the other is a round/concave cleaning tip.
I also keep a micro-fiber cloth in my cleaning kit. (Some photographers prefer lens tissues.)
(For a selection of cleaning cloths/lens tissues to look at, you can click here.)
You don’t want to use facial tissues, paper towels, etc. because they will scratch your lens.
Sometimes I will put a few drops of Methyl Alcohol (or lens cleaning solution) on my micro-fiber cloth (not on the lens itself) to clean smudges off.
Giottos even makes a great lens cleaning kit with pretty much everything you need. (Under $11)
Camera gear is expensive –
Take care of it!