How to Clean Your Camera’s Viewfinder

Dirt on your camera’s viewfinder can make it difficult to see clearly and focus for quality pictures. With some careful cleaning, you can remove the dirt and dust. Here’s how:

What You Will Need:

  • Cotton swab
  • Lens cleaner
  • Lens cloth
  • Lens brush with air bulb
  • Small camel hair brush

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Begin by determining if the dust/dirt is on the exterior or interior of the viewfinder.
  2. If it’s on the exterior, simply moisten a cotton swab with lens cleaner and wipe away the dirt.
  3. Dry with another cotton swab or lens cloth.
  4. If the dirt is on the mirror, it is still doable, but requires very careful cleaning.
  5. Once you have accessed the mirror, use the air bulb on the lens brush to blow the dust off.
  6. A lens cloth can also be used to CAREFULLY wipe away any dirt.
  7. For 35mm cameras, you will want to remove the lens to reach the viewfinder, turn the camera upside down, and brush out any dirt using the small camel hair brush.

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