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    Default Any high quality lens cleaning cloth to recommend?

    Cud anyone kindly advise on a high quality lens cleaning cloth?

    I need to clean some fingerprint smudges on my lens but I have doubts over using my present one, even though it's microfiber.

    The last time I tried, there is a "squeaking" sound when the cloth rubs lightly over the lens! Feels like quite harsh wiping on the glass. And it tends to leave some residual marks on the lens.

    Thanks so much.

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    3M seems to make one of the best microfibers around. I won't at all be surprised if they OEM for the big name optical companies but I can't confirm.

    Other than that, a lenspen works wonders'! Or if you can ever get genuine, high quality chamois specifically for optical cleaning, they're great! There are 'synthetic' ones around so be careful.

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    3M is good. There are also very high-quality optical/gem chamois on sale in Popular.

    Me, I ordered the Carl Zeiss cleaning kit. Comes with special moist lens wipes, cloth, etc etc
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    Hey Rashkae,

    Popular has Chamois? Serious?

    How much did you pay for the Zeiss cleaning kit? I saw it going for slightly under US$30 including shipping.

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    Thanks guys...

    Yah, I've just read about the 3M one on Amazon. Almost wanted to buy. Quite cheap about US$2+?

    But it seems on the back of the package, they warned that the cloth will attract dust also. One user gave feedback that he scratched his lens!

    The chamois one is good? It's selling for about $5 at Popular right?

    Thanks

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    Just about ANY fabric can attract and trap dirt, grit and grime. If it isn't able to, it would be quite useless for cleaning. Just have to be disciplined with keeping it clean according to instructions. Also, be mindful that there are probably many different TYPES and specs as 3M would probably manufacture several types for different uses.

    Always blow and brush off visible dirt before any sort of wiping and never apply excessive pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Thanks guys...

    Yah, I've just read about the 3M one on Amazon. Almost wanted to buy. Quite cheap about US$2+?

    But it seems on the back of the package, they warned that the cloth will attract dust also. One user gave feedback that he scratched his lens!

    The chamois one is good? It's selling for about $5 at Popular right?

    Thanks

    I still keep the 3M one handy. Just need to make sure to clean/wash it on a regular basis, and shake it out before cleaning your lens to dislodge any large dust grains.
    Alpha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Hey Rashkae,

    Popular has Chamois? Serious?

    How much did you pay for the Zeiss cleaning kit? I saw it going for slightly under US$30 including shipping.
    I got it for 12 USD - jr.com special sale; it pops up frequently.
    Alpha

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    For cleaning ur lens surface, its best to use use-and-throw lens tissue rather than a washable cloth. Unless necessary, avoid wiping. I use a lens sticky gum to stick up stains and dusts.
    I say the lens is the soul of a camera. What about the body? Well, it's just the body...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    I got it for 12 USD - jr.com special sale; it pops up frequently.
    Hmm, kewl! Think I'll get a set to keep in my bag. Could come in handy sometime. Thanks!

    OOPS! Searched their website, and even used the name on the kit packaging, but the search throws up nothing. Would you by chance have a link?
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    I'm using the Panther cloth from Kinetronics... not bad
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    Default Re: Any high quality lens cleaning cloth to recommend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Hmm, kewl! Think I'll get a set to keep in my bag. Could come in handy sometime. Thanks!

    OOPS! Searched their website, and even used the name on the kit packaging, but the search throws up nothing. Would you by chance have a link?
    Yup. I also met the same problem.
    Please visit me here. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpioh View Post
    For cleaning ur lens surface, its best to use use-and-throw lens tissue rather than a washable cloth. Unless necessary, avoid wiping. I use a lens sticky gum to stick up stains and dusts.
    Yeah, I was also looking for the lens paper type. But many shops no longer carry it. Seems like they only sell cloth type, but it's quite cheap and I dunno what's the quality like.

    Yes, I don't like cleaning lenses also but I think there's an accidental finger print mark.

    Any recommendation on lens paper?

    I haven't heard of "lens gum". Sounds interesting and useful...

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    i use pec pads. disposable like tissue. Available at Cathay photo
    http://www.photosol.com/padproduct.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by w_chiang View Post
    i use pec pads. disposable like tissue. Available at Cathay photo
    http://www.photosol.com/padproduct.htm
    Thanks. Probably this is what I'm looking for. It's very soft and lint-free is it?

    There's also an "E WIPE". Not sure if it's better... Will check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FVTPL View Post
    Yup. I also met the same problem.
    Hmmm... They just had it last week. Very odd.

    it still shows up on Amazon, but at almost 25 USD! :P
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    Bro...

    Go to any NTUC, you can find micro fibers cloth...will do. Big pieces around $10 or so...inside got a few piece. Morever, you can use it for cleaning your camera not only your lens. Very useful...just put a piece inside your bag and bring along together when you shot...

    Dont need to waste money order..save for other thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Thanks. Probably this is what I'm looking for. It's very soft and lint-free is it?

    There's also an "E WIPE". Not sure if it's better... Will check out.

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