How to Clean Camera Lenses

How to Clean Camera Lenses
A dirty lens can reduce the quality of your photographs. But over cleaning or using facial tissues and rubbing alcohol can also damage your camera. You need a steady hand, lens tissue and cleaner to properly clean your lens to avoid damage and scratching. If you don't see an improvement in the picture quality of your photos, consider the assistance of a photography repair shop to take a closer look.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Lens tissue Lens cleaner
  • Lens tissue
  • Lens cleaner
Step 1
Gently blow on your lens to remove any stray dust or particles. If you notice fogging on your lens, do not attempt to clean it. Instead take it to a photography shop for professional repair.
Step 2
Take a soft cloth to wipe off your camera lens. Use a photographic lens tissue or a camel hair brush. This helps prevent fine scratches to your lens. Don't use your cloth eyeglass wipe from the local optometrist office. They could have chemicals or abrasives in the cloth.
Step 3
Squirt a little lens cleaning fluid onto a lens tissue and gently remove any visible spots or prints on your lens.
Step 4
Throw out your lens tissue after each use to prevent reapplying the dirt you just removed.
Step 5
Keep your camera in its case with its lens cap securely in place to keep it clean. Remember not to over clean your lens. It could cause scratches, wear and fissures, reducing the life of your lens.

Tips & Warnings

 
Avoid touching the lens while cleaning. Fingerprints can cause damage. A little dust is generally nothing to worry about. Avoid over cleaning as much as possible.
 
Avoid touching the lens while cleaning. Fingerprints can cause damage.
 
A little dust is generally nothing to worry about. Avoid over cleaning as much as possible.
 
Do not use compressed air or force to clean your lens. You could cause permanent damage.

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