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Burling Cox June 22nd, 2004 05:05 PM

Lense Cleaning solution
 
I was wondering if someone could recommend a good lens cleaning solution for my camera. If anyone could help me I would be extremely grateful. Thanks.

Mike Cavanaugh June 23rd, 2004 09:31 AM

I use a lens cleaning solution made for eyeglasses - it's cheaper and seems to work cleaner (less residue) that the photographic lens cleaners.

You might also investigate the lens cleaning pens that are available.

Rob Belics June 23rd, 2004 09:53 AM

DO NOT use eye glass cleaning solution. There are abrasives in it that can harm camera lenses though I can't, right now, remember the specifics.

I do not like the pens, personally, and prefer to just use an ROR (residual oil remover) that I make myself but you can buy it at most camera stores.

Unfortunately, many camera stores have bought into this "convenience is better than usefulness" and I found out one of our local, large camera stores no longer carries it, prefering to sell you the more expensive and, potentially damaging, cleaning cloths.

Just remember that the only time you should use a solution on your lens is when there is a build up of film, goo or marks on it.

Ron Evans June 23rd, 2004 02:22 PM

I agree DO NOT use eyeglass cleaner as most have anti-fog coating in them that will totally mess up your focus ( end up with soft focus and sometime auto focus will have difficulty locking on focus). Clean with reputable lens cleaner( mainly alcohol and water) only if lens is really dirty otherwise just blow off dust etc with lens brush.

Ron Evans

Christopher C. Murphy June 23rd, 2004 02:29 PM

Any links to products you guys use? I was just out shooting and using my little lense cloth and wondering what others used.

Thanks, Murph

Dennis Vogel June 24th, 2004 01:23 PM

What about soap and water? Would a mild detergent harm lens coatings?

Dennis Vogel

Rob Belics June 24th, 2004 04:54 PM

Soap can leave behind a residue if you don't thoroughly rinse it with water. Today's soaps contain chemicals and are not true "soaps".

Jim Sofranko June 25th, 2004 05:28 PM

I use the lens cleaning solution made by Pancro in LA. Some of the motion picture rental houses sell it and Barbizon NY may have it. Many of the film AC's think it is the best. When you buy a Pancro filter they usually send you a bottle. But it's pricey as I recall.


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