Nobody wants a fingerprint or smudge in the middle of their prize photos. Keeping your camera lens is important, but should be done only when needed. With proper storage, in a camera case with a lens cover on, the number of cleanings required will be minimal. Much cheaper than a professional cleaning, these simple, effective cleaning steps can clean your camera right at home.
You Will Need:
- Camel hair lens brush
- Blower brush
- Lens cleaning cloth or lens cleaning tissue
- Lens cleaner
Steps to Clean the Lens:
- Start by using the blower brush to remove as much dust and loose dirt as possible.
- Next, use a camel hair lens brush to gently remove any remaining dirt. If you don’t have one of these, a soft, clean paintbrush can be used instead.
- Use your breath or a drop of lens cleaner to moisten the lens surface.
- Wipe it clean with a lens cleaning cloth or lens cleaning tissue. If you don’t have one of these you can use a soft old t-shirt or microfiber cloth. Wipe in a circular motion starting from the center and working outward.
- If your lens is removable, clean the back of it using the same process.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If you don’t have a blower brush, a clean, unused ear syringe can be used instead.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol, eye glass cleaner or eye glass tissues to clean a lens. The chemicals included in these products can be damaging to the lens surface.
- Try to clean your lens with as little contact as needed. The more contact and wiping, the higher risk of scratches or damage to the lens surface.
- Only clean your lens when needed to avoid any damage.
- Never clean wipe your lens while it is dry as a single grain of sand or dirt could scratch it.
- Professional cleanings can be costly, but will give your camera a thorough cleaning. When your camera needs more than this level of cleaning, contact a professional to have all parts properly cleaned.
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