what do you use to clean your filters?

How do you clean your filters


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Clementi
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im sure many of us here use Hoya's HMC filters, and as we know, Hoya filters can be a pain in the ass to clean. a small fingerprint will turn into a sumdge, and a smuge will turn into a big glob of smuge after wiping with a microfibre cloth.

so just wondering what u guys use to clean ur filters. anyone tried using baby backside wipes? :bsmilie: someone from photo.net said its a good cleaner for hoya MC filters.
 

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I don't use Hoyas, I use only Nikon NCs and L37Cs exclusively, so I use chamois cloth and len pen to clean.
 

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ya..hoya hmc filters are a real pain. i found that they are really hard to clean when wet or damp. so what i do is was them with soap and water, then leave them on my table to dry. once they are dry i use microfibre cloth to wipe off the stains. you can also use hairdryer to blow them dry.
 

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madmacs said:
ya..hoya hmc filters are a real pain. i found that they are really hard to clean when wet or damp. so what i do is was them with soap and water, then leave them on my table to dry. once they are dry i use microfibre cloth to wipe off the stains. you can also use hairdryer to blow them dry.

soap and water? :bigeyes: for HMC? wont that peel off the coating?
 

bliytz

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For oil/liquid smudges I use a blotter and microfibre cloth.

If it's dust, I have a soft gun attachment I DIYed that attaches to my vacuum cleaner. That's also what I use to fixed-mount my UV/protective filters so minimal dust will get between the lens and that first filter.
 

Denosha

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My L lens come with B+W MRC filters that clean up real easy with just a blower or a dry micro-fiber cloth. The Hoya HMCs I have on my other lenses however, need abit extra and I use eclipse solution with pec pads for those. It does still smudge if you don't wipe it correctly, which is extremely annoying.
 

Wai

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IMO, never use anything other than water

a good coating is scratch resistant

but u will never know if the chemical is going to REACT with the coating and degrade it in anyway
 

aspire

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adamadam said:
I used to use lens pen, until it dried out

Now if I clean, I use the ultrasonic cleaner :p
What happens if it drys out? Must buy new one or just soak it in water again?
 

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heyguys, do u have a similar problem as me for my Hoya UV filters? I'm using the cheap Hoya UV Filter (does not say HMC on the filter), and when i just bought a brand new one, i saw some dust on it, and i decided to clean it with a microfiber cloth.

the more i cleaned, more "streaks" appeared. they seemed to look like oil, but this does not happen when i wipe glass or anything else?
 

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yeah....it still has a single layer coat on it. it makes it hard to clean. i usually try to clean by rubbing in circles. takes me at least 20mins to clean if i get a bad fingerprint on it or sth.
 

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maritimus831 said:
heyguys, do u have a similar problem as me for my Hoya UV filters? I'm using the cheap Hoya UV Filter (does not say HMC on the filter), and when i just bought a brand new one, i saw some dust on it, and i decided to clean it with a microfiber cloth.

the more i cleaned, more "streaks" appeared. they seemed to look like oil, but this does not happen when i wipe glass or anything else?
Hoya (HMC or HMC super) is like that. The more you clean it, the more you see oil on it. I am changing to B+W MRC pro. Looks it is better/strong coating and less headache.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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