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regarding lenspens, any of you had similar experiences of the residual carbon dust being not too easy to remove? i've tried using a blower on them, but they don't really budge. using the lenspen brush turned out to be a pretty poor idea too cos you generally use it to sweep dirt off grimy lenses, so i ended up creating a new oil smudge.
I use micro-fiber for my lens and camera bodies only. Got them from Popular/CD rama - $3-4 type. For lens surface, use only the PEC-PAD. $15 for 100 sheets. Use IPA from Guardian to clean off stains. Blow away major dust/grit particles then wipe with a IPA-moistened (very slightly) PEC-PAD tissue. For major grease (which appear as swirls) on your filter, apply a generous amout of IPA on the tissue and wipe all over then use a second sheet to dry up the IPA droplets - should make it as good as new. Never re-use the tissue. They get contaminated with particles easily. Better forsake that few cents than risk scratching your lens/filter.
I say the lens is the soul of a camera. What about the body? Well, it's just the body...
Use a good quality microfiber(MF) cloth. Problem is, there's so many that claim to be genuine MF cloth..
To be safe, use 3M branded ones. Personally, I'm using a 3M Detailing cloth cos I'd bought a few pieces when it was on sale at Autobacs. Intended to use on my car (I'm a detailing nut..), but found it works great on my lens and filter.
As was mentioned, the MF has to be cleaned, but I'd suggest handwashing in a mild detergent (I use the ones made for cleaning baby clothes). A brush would help in dislodging any dirt.
Last advice, and i think its an obvious one... keep your MF cloth in a ziploc bag or something! You cam bag/drawer has all manners of dirt that will happily cling onto the MF and scratch your lens so keep it somewhere clean.
Here's a link to a NY Times article. http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/22/st...es-camera.html
Last edited by K3N; 12th August 2009 at 07:03 AM. Reason: added link
wash the new cloth before use.
I use the $2 3M cloth. Works like a charm. Of course, it helps that my lenses have a very good coating that even protects from salt spray! (Do you hear me, Merlion????)
Canon 5D Mark II | 24-105L | 35L | 85L II | 135L | Samyang 14mm 2.8
"the cheap $3 brown colored microfiber cloth sold at cathay, and the yellow Selvyt cloth sold at ...."
there's your problem .....
.....and make sure your microfiber cloth is always clean......flick it vigorously after each use and wash it every now and then ......... you dont want to unintentionally drag a trapped tiny sand speck across your lens
+1 for the Lenspen,
+1 for the 3M Microfibre cloth.
So far lenspen + blower solves the problem when I do thorough cleaning.
For a quick wipe, the 3M cloth does it for me.
Try not to compromise on quality stuff, especially after spending so much on your lenses. =)
Microfibre cloth should be changed every now and then. Mine's pretty much due for a change...
any recommended brand for blower, lenspen etc? theres so many to choose from.