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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    What alcohol you used? Try misting up the filter with your breath and try again...
    this method works best for me on hoya filters actually :P

    have to wipe real fast and at high speed in circular motion with kim wipes
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiologist View Post
    this method works best for me on hoya filters actually :P

    have to wipe real fast and at high speed in circular motion with kim wipes
    Yup.. works best for me too.. Except there was once, I used so much of my mist until I got a bit dizzy..

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    Fart, I think I scratch the filter liao. Basket its hoya but its still $30 for 62mm. I can't believe I spend 5 hours on it.

    That's it. I am buying a lenspen, plus microfibre cloth, and sadly, a new filter.

    Is B+W really better than Hoya? I though the Hoya coating is one of the best?
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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    doesn't matter what brand as long as u use it with care and also a filter doesn't need to be sparkling clean, as long as its reasonable clean, it sld nt affect the image.

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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Quote Originally Posted by sjackal View Post
    Fart, I think I scratch the filter liao. Basket its hoya but its still $30 for 62mm. I can't believe I spend 5 hours on it.

    That's it. I am buying a lenspen, plus microfibre cloth, and sadly, a new filter.

    Is B+W really better than Hoya? I though the Hoya coating is one of the best?
    Yes, B+W is better than hoya IMO. However if ur lens is not very expensive, there is no point spending on a filter which will cost maybe 1/3 of the price of the lens or even more. Hoya is fine if u clean it gently. (we both learn now :P)

    I use scotch brite lens cleaning cloth so if u r interested, u can get it at any home-fix store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovine View Post
    Yes, B+W is better than hoya IMO. However if ur lens is not very expensive, there is no point spending on a filter which will cost maybe 1/3 of the price of the lens or even more. Hoya is fine if u clean it gently. (we both learn now :P)

    I use scotch brite lens cleaning cloth so if u r interested, u can get it at any home-fix store.
    My lens is a Sigma 30mm f1.4 I not sure if worth spending much on filter.

    Scrotch brite lens cleaning cloth is microfibre?

    If I want to buy more lens paper, is there a particular brand to get?

    As for cleaning solution, pure alcohol from pharmacy best right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjackal View Post
    My lens is a Sigma 30mm f1.4 I not sure if worth spending much on filter.

    Scrotch brite lens cleaning cloth is microfibre?

    If I want to buy more lens paper, is there a particular brand to get?

    As for cleaning solution, pure alcohol from pharmacy best right?
    IMO, lenspen is enough..
    I trust it to clean my rear element when it gets smudges =D
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    i also encounter such a thing with my protection filter. however the lenspen i bought on clubsnap really works wonder.. or rather i think after cleaning with such strong solution most prob the coating is gone already, and this is affect your photos in a one way or another.

    i suggest you start all over again and buy a better brand of filter. b+w, good quality...

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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    The time you spend is already worth investing on a good filter......hahaha.......

    Got to admire you bro!! You got patience!!! 5 hrs on cleaning a filter!!! You damn free man!!
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    Hoya not that hard to clean la... all my filters are either hoyas of kenko (only have 1 kenko).... each take me 5 mins at most. Main thing is to get the right tools to clean it with...

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    i usually use my shirt to clean the lens/filter from finger prints.
    works wonders.

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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Quote Originally Posted by sjackal View Post
    My lens is a Sigma 30mm f1.4 I not sure if worth spending much on filter.

    Scrotch brite lens cleaning cloth is microfibre?

    If I want to buy more lens paper, is there a particular brand to get?

    As for cleaning solution, pure alcohol from pharmacy best right?
    See #15
    Quote Originally Posted by zj2000 View Post
    Are you using rubbing alcohol? Some brands of rubbing alcohol include small amounts of vaseline in them. ie oil.....
    Do you wear specs? You can use the cloth you use to clean your specs to clean your filter. If you don't, go to a specs shop and buy one. Ask for microfibre cloth.
    I use 100% alcohol to clean. I got it from a lab. If you don't have access to 100% alcohol, then vodka works well also.

    Use a proper lens cleaning cloth/tissue which doesn't scratch.... and use proper lens cleaning solution..........

    I use this....http://www.edmundoptics.com/onlineca...productID=2520
    and this...http://www.edmundoptics.com/onlineca...productID=1954
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 18th August 2008 at 05:26 PM.

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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Funny thing is that after I switch to B&W, I never need to clean my filters. Just blow with a blower and the dust is gone.

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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    Funny thing is that after I switch to B&W, I never need to clean my filters. Just blow with a blower and the dust is gone.
    yeah b & w is well known for that
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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Can it be bought locally? If can, could you please let me know where can I get it? Thanks.
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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Lenspen works all the time for me, so far (that's coming to two years of using lenspen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zcf View Post
    Can it be bought locally? If can, could you please let me know where can I get it? Thanks.
    Sorry.. try this link first then click the product link again. It's supposed to give you the price in SGD and there is a contact number at the top right. The top left box should say Edmund Optics Singapore.

    http://www.edmundoptics.com/sg/

    Contacts are all there.

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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    i juz tried something today...the reason y yu have smudges as yu clean ur lens is because you have sweaty palms(at least for me), the cloth absorbs the sweat from your fingers and then yu clean ur "sweat" over the lens surface...so my advice?

    Wear a glove (disposable or rubber), and use your cloth to wipe you won't have any smudges on your lens or filter anymore*

    *results may vary
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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    OT a bit since talking about lenspen. What did you use the lenspen brush for?
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    Default Re: No matter how I clean the filter, there is always stains

    Quote Originally Posted by hammie View Post
    OT a bit since talking about lenspen. What did you use the lenspen brush for?
    To brush away obvious dust/dirt that will otherwise scratch the optical surface should you use the regular tip for cleaning.

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