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    Default Buying lens cleaning stuff - Windex, Cold Cream - Malaysia

    Hi to all

    Didn't really know where to post this, but here's a source for DIY lens cleaning supplies.

    This came about when I bought some micro 4/3 adaptors for my E-PM1 (see my mods in the Oly forum) and started getting hold of some old manual focus lens from the 80's era. Of course, many of them would have fungus and there are quite a few articles on the 'Net about how to clean them up.

    Of note is the use of Cold Cream - which is used to clean the skin and in particular, remove make up. I've searched high and low in Singapore and even my wife and daughter have not heard of Cold Cream - Pond's, Nivea and so on. There are just all kinds of skin cleanser...Basically, upon applying it to the affected lens part, one just has to remove the whole mess and the fungus comes off - and no need for water and all that.

    Then there is use of Windex - the ammonia based window cleaner for subsequent cleanings. I called the local SC Johnson office and they say they don't sell that formulation in Singapore anymore.

    Last week, 11-15 June 2012 - I was in the Sunway Lagoon area for a seminar and in Sunway Pyramid at Ace Hardware - they had Windex Classic the ammonia-D version. Pricey as window cleaners go, but about 1L goes for M$22. No doubt it's available at other Ace outlets in Malaysia.

    A little walk on, at Daiso - they had Japanese Cold Cream - what I gather was that the brand was Topuran - but sumimasen - ingredients in Nihon - only M$5 for 100g.

    So for all you DIYers, head over to Sunway Pyramid, floor B2. No telling how long more these things are available.

    As usual, all use of these chemicals are strictly anecdotal, gleaned from various sources on the 'Net.

    Although I must say I have tried them successfully on "damaged" lenses at various levels of disassembly.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Buying lens cleaning stuff - Windex, Cold Cream - Malaysia

    Thanks for the heads up on the DIY supplies. Perhaps a mass buy is in order?

    For fungus I plan to use the popular 50:50 mix of hydrogen peroxide (bought from local pharmacy) and ammonia (from supermarket I presume, I have not gotten around to buy it yet).

    I do miss ACE Hardware in Singapore. They had an outlet in Novena early last decade and it was a fascinating walk through.

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    Default Re: Buying lens cleaning stuff - Windex, Cold Cream - Malaysia

    Hi gauntlet71

    There were quite a few bottles of Windex and various types as well - anti-bacterial and so on at ACE.

    As for ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, I've always wondered how to store them. Then having to mix when required.

    Anyway, the Cold Cream worked a treat, and Windex as well.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Buying lens cleaning stuff - Windex, Cold Cream - Malaysia

    can zippo fluid be used to clean fungus?

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    When I first started 1 1/2 years back, I clean my lenses after each outing with those liquid and 'paper' lens cleaning stuff I bought from the camera store. After a while, I clean them once a while.

    A shop recommend me this sheep skin thing and I have been using it now. I try to 'protect' my lenses when I am using it and don't expose to rain. I also add a UV filter so that I only need to clean the filter. Before I place my stuff into my dry cabinet, I wipe down using a damp cloth on the body and lens exterior. Let it air out for a couple of hours.

    I am not sure if I am doing his right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bukitimah View Post
    When I first started 1 1/2 years back, I clean my lenses after each outing with those liquid and 'paper' lens cleaning stuff I bought from the camera store. After a while, I clean them once a while.

    A shop recommend me this sheep skin thing and I have been using it now. I try to 'protect' my lenses when I am using it and don't expose to rain. I also add a UV filter so that I only need to clean the filter. Before I place my stuff into my dry cabinet, I wipe down using a damp cloth on the body and lens exterior. Let it air out for a couple of hours.

    I am not sure if I am doing his right.
    I only clean it every "monday"

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    Default Re: Buying lens cleaning stuff - Windex, Cold Cream - Malaysia

    Quote Originally Posted by Bukitimah View Post
    When I first started 1 1/2 years back, I clean my lenses after each outing with those liquid and 'paper' lens cleaning stuff I bought from the camera store. After a while, I clean them once a while.

    A shop recommend me this sheep skin thing and I have been using it now. I try to 'protect' my lenses when I am using it and don't expose to rain. I also add a UV filter so that I only need to clean the filter. Before I place my stuff into my dry cabinet, I wipe down using a damp cloth on the body and lens exterior. Let it air out for a couple of hours.

    I am not sure if I am doing his right.
    chamois leather? I think chiif and mr tay is selling it. I'm also using it.

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    I got it from the corner store at level 1, Peninsula Plaza. He is a quiet guy and don't seem to talk much.

    That piece of thing works quite well IMO. Since I am not actually cleaning the lens itself, mainly the UV filter, LCD screen or my Raynox lens.

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    Default Re: Buying lens cleaning stuff - Windex, Cold Cream - Malaysia

    Microfibre cloth for spectacles work well too.

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