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What's Your Lens Cleaning Fluid?

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What's Your Lens Cleaning Fluid?

Hi all,

In the past, I purchased whatever was in those little bottles from stores but am now tempted to simply use isopropyl alcohol.

So, what do you clean with?
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I would not use isopropyl on a lens.

Lens pen.
Deal with it.
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I use Monster ScreenClean. It is sold in computer stores usually, like Sony, BB and such. It does not have alcohol in it and is safe for lots of surfaces. It is meant to clean displays, but is actually a very versatile little kit. I use it for lenses, laptop screen, even my sunglasses. The cloth that comes with it is awesome, large, convenient, soft, no lint. It lasts quite a bit too. I am still using a bottle I bought 2 years ago and plenty left.
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Is it ok to just use a micro-fibre cloth (that is free of particles)? I tried a lens pen (a while ago) and it left my lenses with smear marks.
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zoomzoom wrote:
Sep 11th, 2008 9:08 am
Is it ok to just use a micro-fibre cloth (that is free of particles)? I tried a lens pen (a while ago) and it left my lenses with smear marks.
Micro-fiber cloth is the best thing. If the surface is not very dirty, I often use it without even the cleaning liquid.

The best place to get them by the way, is in Canadian Tire, they sell nice large blue cloths in sets of three, in the car cleaning section. Let's see, one for your car, one for your laptop screen, one for your lenses. ;)
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zoomzoom wrote:
Sep 11th, 2008 9:08 am
Is it ok to just use a micro-fibre cloth (that is free of particles)? I tried a lens pen (a while ago) and it left my lenses with smear marks.
ive only ever used microfibre.... i would never use any liquids on my glass but thats just me. never had problems before with cleaning by using just the cloth.
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Lens pen. Anything alcohol does not touch my lens.

Except that one time when I was shooting a wedding, and this happened...


[IMG]http://www.mattvphotography.ca/gallery/ ... .sized.jpg[/IMG]

I freaked out after and had my assistant shoot for the next 30 minutes while I cleaned up the camera and the lens. I anticipated the moment, just did not expect the groom to shake that sparkling wine bottom like half a dozen times. I used a damp cloth first to clear the wine stains, then use a lens pen for the front elements.
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zoomzoom wrote:
Sep 11th, 2008 9:08 am
I tried a lens pen (a while ago) and it left my lenses with smear marks.
Either your lens pen is too new (excess compound) or depleted (dirty).
Deal with it.
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Sep 11th, 2008 12:29 pm
Lens pen. Anything alcohol does not touch my lens.

Except that one time when I was shooting a wedding, and this happened...


[IMG]http://www.mattvphotography.ca/gallery/ ... .sized.jpg[/IMG]

I freaked out after and had my assistant shoot for the next 30 minutes while I cleaned up the camera and the lens. I anticipated the moment, just did not expect the groom to shake that sparkling wine bottom like half a dozen times. I used a damp cloth first to clear the wine stains, then use a lens pen for the front elements.
its all about weather sealed lenses+bodies :cheesygri
what were you using?
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I use an LCD cleaning gel (no alcohol); it is anti static, anti run, and leaves no smears.

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