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    hi people,

    after I clean the lens with eclipse solution, there is always some smears (when u look at the surface on an angle) left behind which is impossible to remove.

    Is this normal? or is there better lens cleaning solution around?

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    Default Re: cleaning lens, smears?

    I use lens tissue to wipe them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    I use lens tissue to wipe them off.
    no matter how I wipe it is impossible to wipe the smears off. I don't want to wipe too hard in case I damage the coating. The smears are not visible when you look at it perpendicularly. but it is visible when you look at it at and angle to the light.

    what lens cleaning fluid do you use?

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    Does it affect your image quality?
    Maybe you can try using a lenspen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alantkh View Post
    no matter how I wipe it is impossible to wipe the smears off. I don't want to wipe too hard in case I damage the coating. The smears are not visible when you look at it perpendicularly. but it is visible when you look at it at and angle to the light.

    what lens cleaning fluid do you use?
    I don't use any fluid, just lens tissue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .Hack View Post
    Does it affect your image quality?
    Maybe you can try using a lenspen.
    Lenspen is actually one of those culprits which leave smear marks on the glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alantkh View Post
    hi people,

    after I clean the lens with eclipse solution, there is always some smears (when u look at the surface on an angle) left behind which is impossible to remove.

    Is this normal? or is there better lens cleaning solution around?
    no such problem unless whatever i put the eclipse solution on is dirty.

    what are you using it with?

    besides, even if it's there, it doesn't affect your picture to be honest. i wonder why people are always so anal about things that don't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    no such problem unless whatever i put the eclipse solution on is dirty.

    what are you using it with?

    besides, even if it's there, it doesn't affect your picture to be honest. i wonder why people are always so anal about things that don't matter.

    I am using eclipse with lens tissue.

    ya... it doesn't really affect the picture. Actually the lens 14-24mm was ok except one tiny speck. then I itchy finger decided to use eclipse and now it looks even dirtier than before with the smears. It looks like oil stains, maybe from my hand after holding the tissue.

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    I'll say lenspen too, works great for me.Abt $15

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    Quote Originally Posted by alantkh View Post
    I am using eclipse with lens tissue.

    ya... it doesn't really affect the picture. Actually the lens 14-24mm was ok except one tiny speck. then I itchy finger decided to use eclipse and now it looks even dirtier than before with the smears. It looks like oil stains, maybe from my hand after holding the tissue.
    you can remove the stains with an relatively clean microfibre cloth.

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    Breath on the lens and wipe with a clean section of microfiber cloth or chamois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Breath on the lens and wipe with a clean section of microfiber cloth or chamois.
    agree. Breath on lens, should able to wipe off.

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    i did a bit of research n asked around too, and i hear that lenspen is good.. is it true that it creates smears etc, like TS mentions? im looking to get one for myself, coz i just got a new cam n want to keep the lens clean
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    Default Re: cleaning lens, smears?

    I used to be so paranoid abt smears & dusts like the TS until the day I messed up my $170 brand-new CPL filter with a lenspen... After that I learned how to focus more on composing pictures rather than searching for dust, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by catohcat View Post
    I used to be so paranoid abt smears & dusts like the TS until the day I messed up my $170 brand-new CPL filter with a lenspen... After that I learned how to focus more on composing pictures rather than searching for dust, etc
    Hi, may I know what's 'messed up'?
    I used abt a yr fine leh..Thks.

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    Default Re: cleaning lens, smears?

    I read with interest how a few of our fellow CSers found that lens pens caused problems for their lenses.
    I myself have positive experiences with lens pens.
    I would usually blow off the bust first, followed by using any lens solution then clean w lens tissue. After that I will do a last pass if need be with lens pens.
    This is my method. I guess many would have various ways of doing that. And I agree that it is often inevitable to have some left over smears to be there.

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    im not familiar with lens smudges n stuff.. will it affect picture quality? do the smudges clear up, similar to smudges on other types of glass?
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    i'm using Eclipse with Pec Pads also... i noticed that if drop too many drops on the pec pads and wipe on lens, it would be very tough to make it clean without smears... i now drop one drop on the pad and wipe on lens... clean with another piece of clean pad till it dry totally... clean with microfiber cloth at last... no smears now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaRv1s View Post
    i'm using Eclipse with Pec Pads also... i noticed that if drop too many drops on the pec pads and wipe on lens, it would be very tough to make it clean without smears... i now drop one drop on the pad and wipe on lens... clean with another piece of clean pad till it dry totally... clean with microfiber cloth at last... no smears now...
    thanks. going to try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shen siung View Post
    agree. Breath on lens, should able to wipe off.
    nikon specifically advise against using your breath to clean lens....

    reason is that there are acids in your breath that are harmful to the lens coating.

    I tried using my breath to clean the lens because I remember reading about this method on CS. But that did not work so I went to Nikon website to check on what is the recommended method.... and I found the warning about using breath.
    Last edited by alantkh; 17th October 2009 at 08:35 PM.

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