Last Updated on June 24, 2020
Cleaning camera lenses require some special care in order to avoid scratches and damages.
In fact, there is more than one way to clean a camera lens to achieve better results. Here are some ways to clean a camera lens safely and properly.
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Cleaning A Dusty Lens With Soft Brush
When using a camera in a dusty environment, the lens most probably gathered some dust that needs to be cleaned before your next use. But take note that wiping the lens directly with the dust on it can only result to scratches.
So brush off the dust from the middle of the lens gently toward the edges. Then, from the edges, dislodge the dirt by holding the camera upside down and the lens glass pointing toward the ground.
This allows the dust to fall to the ground. But ensure that you use a type of brush that has soft bristles.
Using Microfiber Cloth
After removing the dust on the lens, you need to use a microfiber cloth to clean the glass surface. This is a useful tool to clean the glasses as well, as it removes smudges evenly with or without any cleaning fluid.
On the other hand, a microfiber cloth can also clean other parts of the camera. Just begin wiping the middle of the lens in a circular motion moving toward the edges of the lens. Wipe the said parts gently using a microfiber cloth.
Using Cleaning Fluid
When the dirt remains even after using a soft brush and a microfiber cloth, perhaps applying a few drops of lens cleaning fluid will do the trick. But first, put the cleaning liquid on the cloth first and not directly on the camera lens.
Take note that the use of excess fluid can only damage the lens. So start using a few drops and increase only if necessary. Most smudges can be cleaned easily after pouring a few drops of cleaning fluid.
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Using Plain Water
Use only a few drops of water just to dampen the piece of cloth or tissue paper. But do not use a rough cloth or a rough paper towel to clean the lens. Likewise, avoid the use of scents or lotions on a cloth or tissue as they may only smear the lens instead of cleaning it thoroughly.
Using A Bulb Blower
When cleaning the camera lens does not require any contact, you can use an air bulb or a bulb blower. This will only provide a small puff of air without giving out harmful moisture or pressure.
Just avoid using canned air or blowing air through your mouth. Canned air can sometimes spray liquid difluoroethane, which is the liquid form of gas used to deliver the air.
Canned air can also carry a lot of force to drive dust particles inside the lens housing. So just a few gentle puffs from the bulb blower should be able to remove most of the debris off the camera lens without damaging it.
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