Finger print on Canon 550D lens


wizz747

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Hello everyone!

As you may already be knowing through my previous thread, I bought my 1st DSLR which is a Canon 550D.

Yesterday while shooing with my friends, one of my friends accidentally touched my lens and now I've a finger print on the lens. How do I remove the finger print?

I'm damn paranoid about my DSLR and I'm thinking about taking it to the Canon Service Centre tomorrow, Harbourfront is quite near from where I live. Will they clean my lens free of charge? Or will they charge me?
 

dingaroo

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To prevent prints or anything touching the lens glass, get a UV filter. At least, the filter can be cleaned and at worst, change a new one.

HTH.
 

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Accidents do happen....just use a lens pen. Works magic.
Hey think of it as an identification mark!! :-D
better toput a thumb print there too as it is more distinct....
 

ahbian

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Get a lens pen and clean it yourself. Fingerprints or smudges happen to the front element or filter (if there is one) so often, takes only seconds to clean it.
 

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As Dingaroo said, get a UV filter and leave it permanently fitted ( and don't skimp on the cost , buy a B&W one, not a cheaper version ). B&W filters have a particularly resilient coating and will last a long time. If you ever managed to scratch the front you just need to buy a new filter instead of a new lens.

I'm surprised you didn't get a cleaning kit as part of the deal when you purchased your camera. Use a soft, lint-free cloth and some lens cleaning fluid and do it in a dust-free environment with good lighting so you can see what you're doing. Bathrooms are good. Honestly, it's not a big deal.
 

wmayeo

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just a micro fibre cloth can wipe away.

unless have oil stain, use Isopropyl Alcohol IPA (70%) or water with cotton to wipe away.
 

karnage

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This may be ill advice, but I sometimes just use some part of my t-shirt to clean, but only when the t-shirt is fresh, as in, not after a whole day's walk. =P And especially so for cheaper lenses where a B+W filter may cost as much as, or more than the lens itself. Haha!
 

Numnumball

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lens pen or a micro fibre cloth normally do the trick :)
 

kokfann

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omg...u have damaged your lens. u can sell it to me cause it is not usable anymore... :D
 

ZerocoolAstra

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As Dingaroo said, get a UV filter and leave it permanently fitted ( and don't skimp on the cost , buy a B&W one, not a cheaper version ). B&W filters have a particularly resilient coating and will last a long time. If you ever managed to scratch the front you just need to buy a new filter instead of a new lens.

I'm surprised you didn't get a cleaning kit as part of the deal when you purchased your camera. Use a soft, lint-free cloth and some lens cleaning fluid and do it in a dust-free environment with good lighting so you can see what you're doing. Bathrooms are good. Honestly, it's not a big deal.
a B&W filter costs as much as an 18-55 kit lens I think! Or at least a large percentage of it!

Would you put a $400 screen protector on a 32" LCD tv that costs $699?

And... no matter how expensive the filter is, it still sometimes causes flare or ghosting, in which case it's better to remove the UV filter before shooting.
 

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Just clean it with a micro-fiber cloth and get a filter for future protection.

Its no big deal.
 

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Hello everyone!

As you may already be knowing through my previous thread, I bought my 1st DSLR which is a Canon 550D.

Yesterday while shooing with my friends, one of my friends accidentally touched my lens and now I've a finger print on the lens. How do I remove the finger print?

I'm damn paranoid about my DSLR and I'm thinking about taking it to the Canon Service Centre tomorrow, Harbourfront is quite near from where I live. Will they clean my lens free of charge? Or will they charge me?
Were you pissed with your friend?
 

Octarine

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I'm damn paranoid about my DSLR and I'm thinking about taking it to the Canon Service Centre tomorrow, Harbourfront is quite near from where I live. Will they clean my lens free of charge? Or will they charge me?
Stop being paranoid, unless you can afford it (literally) by buying lots of protective stuffs. Others have mentioned already UV filters or clear protectors. Read up about them, know what the potential side effects can be (hint: filter flare). If you get one then don't scrimp at the wrong end.
Cameras are meant to be used and in the course of usage there will be accidents like yours. Use cleaning cloth (like the one used for glasses) and cleaning solutions, available in camera shops. The best way to prevent such incidents is keeping the camera at home and stop using it ...
Of course you can bring your camera to CSC for cleaning the finger print. Have you ever seen a car driver going to car shop for removing flies from wind screen?
 

brapodam

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I'm using the Phottix HMC Slim UV filter 72mm which cost me $24. Its of a decent quality and mid-range build. Try getting it. :)
Yup UV filter but TS shouldn't buy 72mm one. Kit lens filter thread size is not 72mm...
 

DeSwitch

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OMG, just a finger print on the front will not have much impact on the image. If its the back element then it will be different. Just clean it with a microfibre cloth. no point putting a filter on a kit lenses.
 

ywh

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a B&W filter costs as much as an 18-55 kit lens I think! Or at least a large percentage of it!

Would you put a $400 screen protector on a 32" LCD tv that costs $699?

And... no matter how expensive the filter is, it still sometimes causes flare or ghosting, in which case it's better to remove the UV filter before shooting.
Why not? Your first few lines seem to imply that a cheaper filter should be the way to go. The 18-55 is not a optically superb lens but it works for the most users and why shouldn't they get a UV filter to protect what perhaps may be their only lens? If there is flare due to light sources, etc, then of course, they can always remove it. If they are shooting away from flare-causing light sources then using a good quality filter will not degrade the image quality.
 

banana0ne

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Why not? Your first few lines seem to imply that a cheaper filter should be the way to go. The 18-55 is not a optically superb lens but it works for the most users and why shouldn't they get a UV filter to protect what perhaps may be their only lens? If there is flare due to light sources, etc, then of course, they can always remove it. If they are shooting away from flare-causing light sources then using a good quality filter will not degrade the image quality.
:nono:relax he just telling you that it's not worth placing a uv filter on kit lenses, except if this one's an ultrazooms(which is quite expensive)

Pricewise why bother buying a good protection if you can buy another Lens at the same price. :)
and be reminded no matter how good your uv filter is, it still add up to Image degradation .
 

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