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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?

You can do as you see fit but I would never what most people call micro fiber cloths.  I don't use tissues either.  I think Canon even advises against using lens tissues.

On cheaper lenses you can wipe off the multi-coating doing it wrong.  Some of the higher end lenses have a tough weather coating that is really good.  The Sigma 150-600 S is one among others.  Also some Canon lenses require a protecto filter for weather sealing.  I think protecto filters are generally a good idea.  Much better to expose it than your front element.  Even if it is only for cleaning.  Right?

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?


ebiggs1 wrote:

You can do as you see fit but I would never what most people call micro fiber cloths.  I don't use tissues either.  I think Canon even advises against using lens tissues.

On cheaper lenses you can wipe off the multi-coating doing it wrong.  Some of the higher end lenses have a tough weather coating that is really good.  The Sigma 150-600 S is one among others.  Also some Canon lenses require a protecto filter for weather sealing.  I think protecto filters are generally a good idea.  Much better to expose it than your front element.  Even if it is only for cleaning.  Right?


So, Ernie.  What do you recommend using?  You have rejected tissues and micro fiber cloths.  What do you use?

 

On another note, I use a micro fiber cloth, the tissues and a spray bottle of alcohol at home.  But, I do carry travel cleaning kit that includes lens pens, pre-moistened tissues, blower, and a micro fiber cloth.  The travel kit is made by Zeus.

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?

Like you I don't over clean my lenses.  A lot of folks do.  I have never cleaned my 600mm f4.

I use the "suede" lens cloths and any popular brand of lens cleaning solution.

I have the Rocket Blower, who doesn't?  I also have a squirrel hair brush.

 

Maybe the cloths I am referring to are indeed microfiber.  They are very fine microfiber if they are.  The one I have right here in front of me has Zeiss printed on it.  I have several that have Canon printed on them.

 

What I mean is they aren't the microfiber that you buy at WalMart !

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?


Waddizzle wrote:

ebiggs1 wrote:

Pete...."a gentle breath. My recipe for years."  Not no but h--- no!  Never use your breath.

 

Rocket blower

alcohol/specialty cleaner for lenses

Specialty cloth for lenses.  Not a micro fiber cloth!

 

It is better to clean the protecto filter on your lens than the lens itself, IMHO, and my practice.  Remember most stuff on the front element is OOF and will not effect the photo.


What is your idea of a "specialty cloth for lenses?  Isn't a micro-fiber cloth made for lenses?


Thought so too. It says Canon on my micro fiber cloth and I got it as a CPS member.

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?

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Like many I personally try not to clean my lenses outside of using a blower.  But if there are smudges, I use the Zeiss Lens Cleaning Wipe. It comes in individual packaged wipe that leaves no residue.

 

I have used it several times on my 24-70 f/2.8L and 16-35 f/2.8L lenses without any problems...still I wouldn't want to do it too often.  Of course you have to make sure there are no flint or dust on the lens before the wipe as they might scratch the surface...just for oily smudges...

 

Oh, I wouldn't trust cleaning my lenses with a microfiber cloth.  All it takes is a caught piece of micro-sand crystal and your lens might be ruined.

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?

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ebiggs1 wrote:

Like you I don't over clean my lenses.  A lot of folks do.  I have never cleaned my 600mm f4.

I use the "suede" lens cloths and any popular brand of lens cleaning solution.

I have the Rocket Blower, who doesn't?  I also have a squirrel hair brush.

 

Maybe the cloths I am referring to are indeed microfiber.  They are very fine microfiber if they are.  The one I have right here in front of me has Zeiss printed on it.  I have several that have Canon printed on them.

 

What I mean is they aren't the microfiber that you buy at WalMart !


I have never cleaned the front element on several lenses.  Seeing how I placed a clear protective filter on them when they were brand new out of the box, I doubt I will be cleaning the front elements anytime soon in the near future.  

 

After wearing and cleaning eyeglasses for several decades, I avoid off the shelf lens cleaning solutions.  One, they are comparatively expensive compared to my simple spray bottle of 91% isopropyl.  The cleaning solutions tend to contain a lower concentration of alcohol.  

 

The cleaning solutions tend to contain dyes, perfumes, solvents, and other stuff that I consider contaminants, which I don't want coming into contact with my lenses.  The simpler the cleaning solution, the better.  

 

Also, I have learned that you really need to go over the lens surface with a cleaning solution, in order to loosen and remove oils and dirt prior to using a micro fiber cloth.  Using a dry cloth on a dirty, dry lens will rub the dirt into the surface of the lens, scratching it.  

 

I would compare using a dry cloth on a dirty lens to cleaning your car.  They sell stuff that claims to clean and shine your car in one step.  They claim that you don't even need soap and water, just wipe and shine.  Nope.  If you have ever used that stuff before, then you should have noticed that it simply grinds the dirt into the paint, which scratches the surface, creating all of those little micro-whirls that you sometimes see in the finish of a car.  

 

You gotta wipe away the dirt, or at least loosen it up, before you come along and polish your lens with a micro fiber cloth.  If you don't make an effort to wipe away and loosen up the dirt, it will try to stick in place, it will drag across the lens, and scratch it.  This is what happens to eyeglasses over time, so I know that it can happen to lens filters and front elements, too.

 

EDIT]. A dry rub is for a steak going on the grill, not your lenses.

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?


ebiggs1 wrote:

I use the "suede" lens cloths and any popular brand of lens cleaning solution. 

 


Suede? Are you talking about a soft chamois?

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?


Waddizzle wrote:

EDIT]. A dry rub is for a steak going on the grill, not your lenses.


Waddizzle, I think I'll be taking your and diverhank's approach to lens cleaning -- rocket blowers, brushes, 91 isopropyl, microfiber cloths and Zeiss moistened wipes. Not all at once, of course. Smiley Happy But definitely the less, the better. 

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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?

Ebiggs1, what you call suede lens cloths I call micr fiber cloths. Seems we mean the same thing.
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Re: Lens tissue paper or microfiber cloth?

I ALMOST NEVER CLEAN CAMERA OPTICS, AND NEVER TOUCH THEM. WHEN I DO, CLEANER COST IS NEVER CONSIDERED.

 

4 Decades ago I worked in the then infant gas laser industry and had to clean laser windows before assembly and the mirrors.

 

We found that hand oils migrate via the best cleaning solutions, and never used a hand held lens cleaner or any cloth to clean them. I would NEVER trust the junk that now appears as cleaning cloths.

 

I use the same method now on my best optics. I take a cool lens or filter (holding the filter by the ring with hemostsats) and hold it so liquid can run off, over a warm conatiner of VERY FLAMMABLE (CAREFUL)  or even room temp pure ethanol alcohol.

 

I use Graves Grain Alcohol 190 Proof; 95%. The condensing vapors flow the contaminants off.

 

In bad cases we would even pour a little directly out of the bottle onto the lens.

 

I have never seen any damage in any coating over all the decades.

 

 

 

 

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