Tip & How-To about Cameras
In this tip , I will be showing you how to , and how not to clean your digital camera lens and accessories. It's recommended that you clean your lens manually as little as possible. I say this because you risk scratching or damaging the coatings on your lens.
What you need
Trumpet Oil (musical instrument store)
2 cotton swabs
1 microfiber cloth
1 synthetic fiber brush
95% alcohol (lower percentage not recommended)
10 min of your time
#1 Go out and buy some microfiber cloths. They are available from most big stores at about $1-$1.50 each.
#2 Cut your cloth into smaller sections (about the size of a cigarette box) and save the rest for another cleaning.
Using the brush , very gentry brush the lens making sure to do the edges as this is where dust will be coming from after you cleaned the lens.
Now , simply wipe the cloth over your lens to remove most smudges , fingerprints or other debris from your lens. Do this in a circular motion and do not put pressure on your lens. The camera should be off with the lens in the camera when doing this (compact camera) or the lens must be placed on a soft surface (removable lens camera). Do not use a towel and be very careful with a cotton t-shirt as you may scratch the lens.
#3 Now , use the toothpicks to clean the threads where your accessories are screwed on. Do this by sticking the point of the toothpick into the beginning of the thread at an angle and following the thread as far as possible. This will help prevent that a filter or lens gets stuck on your camera.
What I also like to do is dip a toothpick in Trumpet oil (available at instrument stores) and then repeating the step. This will ensure easy removal of accessories and the oil won't leave a sticky residue. Do not use cooking or other oils. Test the strength of the toothpick before using it to ensure it won't break off during the cleaning. Some people use steel pins , but I find it damages the threads causing metal scrapings to jam in the threads.
#4 If you find that there is a stubborn smudge or substance on the lens that did not dissipate after wiping it down , do the following. Take a cotton tip and slightly wet the one side with 95% or higher alcohol , not rubbing alcohol. Rub this on the spot on your lens.
Now pull the cotton on the other side loose from the tip and gently dry the area which you just cleaned. Wipe down the whole lens again with the microfiber cloth.
Do not use rubbing / other alcohol under 95% as this will leave a residue either due to lubricants (in rubbing alcohol) or due to impurities.
#5 Now that your lens is clean , use the microfiber cloth and the brush to clean you filter cases and lens caps to ensure that the lens won't be dirtied by them. A hand blower is also useful in getting dust out of tight spaces in your lens caps.
I found this instructional video on you-tube , which is also a nice how to guide to cleaning a lens. Just remember to get 95% or higher alchol and not rubbing alcohol.
To read my tip on cleaning your LCD screen of your camera , click on the following link : How To Clean a LCD Screen , TV or Display
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