Let’s start with a fact that a dirty lens will definitely affect image quality, and just to be clear, not in a good way. It is necessary to keep your lens clean, also, if you take care of your lens, there are more chances that it will last longer. However, camera lenses are not just a piece of glass. They have advanced coating and chemicals on them as well. The cleaning will do more damage to the lens if not done properly or without proper tools. Read along to find out how to clean camera lens with the tools designed specifically for it.
What Should a Lens Cleaning Kit Include?
It is a very basic, yet extremely useful device for cleaning a lens. As the name suggests, it basically just blows air on the lens for removing any dust particles. However, you must never breathe on your lens for this purpose. Not only will this increase condensation on the lens, but it can also damage the coating on the lens.
Lens Cleaning Brush
The next must-have thing is a lens cleaning brush, these sometimes come in the shape of a regular brush or even a pen. The thing that makes them ideal for cleaning a camera lens is that they are made of camel or goat hairs. So the hairs are soft and do not scratch the lens.
A microfiber cleaning cloth should be included in every kit as it allows you to remove those stubborn specks of dust. The good thing is that they can be washed, however, remember not to use a fabric softener. You can also use moist lens cleaning wipes for this purpose. But they must be discarded after every use.
Lens Cleaning Solution
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How to Clean Camera Lens?
Now that you have all the essentials tools, let’s see how you can use them for cleaning your lens.
The first step is to use the air blower to remove any dust particles that might be sitting on your lens. An important thing that you must remember here is that if there are any molds on your lens, then it is best to get professional help.
The last step is to use the microfiber cloth to wipe off the solution. The best way to do this is to start from the outer part. Then, clean in a circular motion and move towards the center. This will also remove any persistent smudges or fingerprints.
How to Keep the Lens Clean?
In just three simple steps, you learned how to clean camera lens properly. However, the real question is how to avoid getting it dirty or how to keep it clean once you have cleaned it.
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Conclusion - How to Clean Camera Lens?
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