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  • Use microfibre cloth

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  • My filters are uncoated, just plain glass, so i use soap and water

    5 7.35%
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    Default what do you use to clean your filters?

    im sure many of us here use Hoya's HMC filters, and as we know, Hoya filters can be a pain in the ass to clean. a small fingerprint will turn into a sumdge, and a smuge will turn into a big glob of smuge after wiping with a microfibre cloth.

    so just wondering what u guys use to clean ur filters. anyone tried using baby backside wipes? someone from photo.net said its a good cleaner for hoya MC filters.

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    I don't use Hoyas, I use only Nikon NCs and L37Cs exclusively, so I use chamois cloth and len pen to clean.

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    I used to use lens pen, until it dried out

    Now if I clean, I use the ultrasonic cleaner :P

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    I use B+W filters, the coating are tough and good, just use lens pen to clean ok already.

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    ya..hoya hmc filters are a real pain. i found that they are really hard to clean when wet or damp. so what i do is was them with soap and water, then leave them on my table to dry. once they are dry i use microfibre cloth to wipe off the stains. you can also use hairdryer to blow them dry.

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam
    I used to use lens pen, until it dried out

    Now if I clean, I use the ultrasonic cleaner :P
    Pardon my ignorance, lens pen can dry out? What is an ultrasonic cleaner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eng_keow
    Pardon my ignorance, lens pen can dry out? What is an ultrasonic cleaner?

    TYIA
    Same Question Here...

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    spectacle cloth followed by lens pen

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    Quote Originally Posted by eng_keow
    Pardon my ignorance, lens pen can dry out? What is an ultrasonic cleaner?

    TYIA
    Google does wonders....

    Ultrasonic cleaner

    That is if people used them more often.

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    Quote Originally Posted by madmacs
    ya..hoya hmc filters are a real pain. i found that they are really hard to clean when wet or damp. so what i do is was them with soap and water, then leave them on my table to dry. once they are dry i use microfibre cloth to wipe off the stains. you can also use hairdryer to blow them dry.

    soap and water? for HMC? wont that peel off the coating?

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    For oil/liquid smudges I use a blotter and microfibre cloth.

    If it's dust, I have a soft gun attachment I DIYed that attaches to my vacuum cleaner. That's also what I use to fixed-mount my UV/protective filters so minimal dust will get between the lens and that first filter.

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    eh ... I don't use filters

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    My L lens come with B+W MRC filters that clean up real easy with just a blower or a dry micro-fiber cloth. The Hoya HMCs I have on my other lenses however, need abit extra and I use eclipse solution with pec pads for those. It does still smudge if you don't wipe it correctly, which is extremely annoying.

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    i use my T-shirt for my B+W MRC and Hoya HMC

    no a single scratch on the filter after so many years!!

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    IMO, never use anything other than water

    a good coating is scratch resistant

    but u will never know if the chemical is going to REACT with the coating and degrade it in anyway

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam
    I used to use lens pen, until it dried out

    Now if I clean, I use the ultrasonic cleaner :P
    What happens if it drys out? Must buy new one or just soak it in water again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaiahfortythirtyone
    soap and water? for HMC? wont that peel off the coating?
    so far ok. coating intact. just dun spray glass or spectacles cleaners.

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    heyguys, do u have a similar problem as me for my Hoya UV filters? I'm using the cheap Hoya UV Filter (does not say HMC on the filter), and when i just bought a brand new one, i saw some dust on it, and i decided to clean it with a microfiber cloth.

    the more i cleaned, more "streaks" appeared. they seemed to look like oil, but this does not happen when i wipe glass or anything else?

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    yeah....it still has a single layer coat on it. it makes it hard to clean. i usually try to clean by rubbing in circles. takes me at least 20mins to clean if i get a bad fingerprint on it or sth.

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    Default Re: what do you use to clean your filters?

    Quote Originally Posted by maritimus831
    heyguys, do u have a similar problem as me for my Hoya UV filters? I'm using the cheap Hoya UV Filter (does not say HMC on the filter), and when i just bought a brand new one, i saw some dust on it, and i decided to clean it with a microfiber cloth.

    the more i cleaned, more "streaks" appeared. they seemed to look like oil, but this does not happen when i wipe glass or anything else?
    Hoya (HMC or HMC super) is like that. The more you clean it, the more you see oil on it. I am changing to B+W MRC pro. Looks it is better/strong coating and less headache.

    Regards,
    Arto.

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