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    Question Lens cleaning solution?

    Does anyone know where in SG I can buy lens cleaning solution? I'm looking for something like the Zeiss Liquid Lens Cleaner or the Eclipse Lens Solution. Also looking for Tiffen Lens Cleaning Paper, but that's optional. the solution is the priority.

    I've done a general google and also searched on sgcamerastore.com but can't seem to find what I need there.

    I need the solution in the next two weeks or so, so ordering from overseas would not be a good option.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    You can try asking Cathay Photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiralblast View Post
    Does anyone know where in SG I can buy lens cleaning solution? I'm looking for something like the Zeiss Liquid Lens Cleaner or the Eclipse Lens Solution. Also looking for Tiffen Lens Cleaning Paper, but that's optional. the solution is the priority.

    I've done a general google and also searched on sgcamerastore.com but can't seem to find what I need there.

    I need the solution in the next two weeks or so, so ordering from overseas would not be a good option.

    Thanks in advance for the help!
    People get tripped up over this time and again.The common word is alcohol but does that mean wine or beer as both contains alcohol? Yes alcohol from chemistry days means a certain type of liquid but in real life the alcohol is denatured
    which means not in it's purest form.Some people will say not any alcohol will do as for example,alcohol found in pharmacy
    shop contains a bit of castor oil,(hence denatured,mixed with something else,I suppose it's has anti septic properties but would be bad for cleaning camera lenses) so you need "pure" alcohol.Some say laboratory grade alcohol,so who sells that and must cost more right? The common name is isoprophyl alcohol and some are just that even if bought at pharmacy or beauty/cosmetics shop.

    So the word is denatured alcohol,it's a general term for a group of volatile liquids for industrial use like paint thinner.
    Here is a good practical and easily available one that can be bought at your friendly paint or hardware shop,it's called
    Methelated spirit but don't buy "thinner" as it is stronger and will melt plastics found commonly in cameras and lenses.

    The hokkien word is "fire liqour"/"huay chiu" and make sure the label is printed Methelated spirit and not "thinner".Double check it by opening the cap and have a whiff of the liquid,it will smell odourless (well almost) and feels cool,dip your finger in it will wet and evaporate almost instantly.It may not be pure but for most purposes highly usable.Pay $5 dollars for a 750ml bottle that will last a long time. Please do not use lens cleaning paper,it may cause scratches but even cotton wool or synthetic ones too but in general it depends on how much pressure you apply.
    Cotton buds on plastic sticks are just as useful.

    Here is tip if there is a oil stain left after alcohol use ,wet the bud again or use a new one and redo,in most cases
    the stain will go off.Happy now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by one eye jack

    People get tripped up over this time and again.The common word is alcohol but does that mean wine or beer as both contains alcohol? Yes alcohol from chemistry days means a certain type of liquid but in real life the alcohol is denatured
    which means not in it's purest form.Some people will say not any alcohol will do as for example,alcohol found in pharmacy
    shop contains a bit of castor oil,(hence denatured,mixed with something else,I suppose it's has anti septic properties but would be bad for cleaning camera lenses) so you need "pure" alcohol.Some say laboratory grade alcohol,so who sells that and must cost more right? The common name is isoprophyl alcohol and some are just that even if bought at pharmacy or beauty/cosmetics shop.

    So the word is denatured alcohol,it's a general term for a group of volatile liquids for industrial use like paint thinner.
    Here is a good practical and easily available one that can be bought at your friendly paint or hardware shop,it's called
    Methelated spirit but don't buy "thinner" as it is stronger and will melt plastics found commonly in cameras and lenses.

    The hokkien word is "fire liqour"/"huay chiu" and make sure the label is printed Methelated spirit and not "thinner".Double check it by opening the cap and have a whiff of the liquid,it will smell odourless (well almost) and feels cool,dip your finger in it will wet and evaporate almost instantly.It may not be pure but for most purposes highly usable.Pay $5 dollars for a 750ml bottle that will last a long time. Please do not use lens cleaning paper,it may cause scratches but even cotton wool or synthetic ones too but in general it depends on how much pressure you apply.
    Cotton buds on plastic sticks are just as useful.

    Here is tip if there is a oil stain left after alcohol use ,wet the bud again or use a new one and redo,in most cases
    the stain will go off.Happy now?
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    Alcohol is a laymen term for many different substances. Isopropyl Alcohol can be founds in Watson, 200ml bottle around $4. Same goes for Methyl Alcohol. The latter one is standard Ethanol (the Alcohol of drinks) 'spoiled' with Methyl (poisonous) to prevent people from drinking it.
    If required, print our the Zeiss logo and put it on the bottle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine
    Alcohol is a laymen term for many different substances. Isopropyl Alcohol can be founds in Watson, 200ml bottle around $4. Same goes for Methyl Alcohol. The latter one is standard Ethanol (the Alcohol of drinks) 'spoiled' with Methyl (poisonous) to prevent people from drinking it.
    If required, print our the Zeiss logo and put it on the bottle
    That mean I can use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean the lens. Thanks,

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    I'm using this, wipe the lens clean and throw the wipes away. Hassle-free.


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    I got the Leica cleaning fluid .... great bokeh after cleaning
    Last edited by ed9119; 15th November 2012 at 06:01 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119
    I got the Leica cleaning fluid .... great bokeh after cleaning
    Uhhhm. Did they give you lens grease instead? :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyep View Post
    I'm using this, wipe the lens clean and throw the wipes away. Hassle-free.

    That will be so handy for trips or when you're on the go. Where did you get this, tonyep? I definitely need a pack.

    By the way, in case anyone needs this info in the future: I found the lens solution at SGcamerastore in the end - their shop at Excelsior Hotel Shopping Centre. It's a really small, compact bottle with a piece of cloth and cotton buds. For some reason, they don't list this product on their online store but they do sell it (maybe because it's pretty cheap? $2.50)

    And for anyone who needs a detailed explanation on how to thoroughly clean lenses... check out this B&H Photo article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyep View Post
    I'm using this, wipe the lens clean and throw the wipes away. Hassle-free.

    I used to use these paper too. Works initially.

    Till it starts to scratch the filters coating. Donno why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjackal View Post
    I used to use these paper too. Works initially.

    Till it starts to scratch the filters coating. Donno why.
    omg... so maybe not a good idea then. The Zeiss wipes packaging does say show it's for laptop/phone screens and glasses. No mention of camera lenses so probably not purpose-built. Microfibre cloth is still the way to go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiralblast
    That will be so handy for trips or when you're on the go. Where did you get this, tonyep? I definitely need a pack.
    Amazon. It's definitely handy. I always leave a few in my camera bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiralblast
    omg... so maybe not a good idea then. The Zeiss wipes packaging does say show it's for laptop/phone screens and glasses. No mention of camera lenses so probably not purpose-built. Microfibre cloth is still the way to go...
    It does say safe for use on lenses with anti-reflective coatings and since all my lenses are either using B+W or Heliopan, i'm only cleaning the filters; not the lens optics itself.

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