The camera lens is an important part of that shooter and it needs a proper and regular maintenance if you want to get the perfect photos without any hazes or disturbances in it. Of course, some other parts also contribute to a good photography and they will need some regular clean up, but the lens is of utmost importance.There are some tools available in the market to clean lens’s as well as some ways by which you can clean the lens yourself easily without any problem. In this post, I am going to discuss all the best methods which I consider to be good, economical as well easy.
There are some tools available in the market to clean lenses as well as some ways by which you can clean the lens yourself easily without any problem. In this guide, I am going to discuss all the best methods that I consider to be good, economical as well easy.
Direct Lens cleaning process (Using simple tools)
1. Using Cloth and Fluids
A few drops of alcohol-based lens cleaning fluid with Lens cleaning tissue or modern microfiber cleaning cloth works best for removing fingerprints and smudges. Pouring a few drops of lens cleaning fluid on the tissue and then gently cleaning the lens with it is simple and easy as well as it works well. However you may use Modern microfiber cleaning cloth in place of Lens cleaning tissue, it is washable so wash it clean enough before using every time.
Clothes and fluids may be a bit costly but if you really want to clean the camera lens for a professional shoot, do spend something here as it will remove the impurities and will bring a better quality of pictures.
2. Blowers and Brushes
Whenever it comes to cleaning the dust particles Blowers and Brushes works perfectly. Blowers are simply as the name says Devices which blow out air with a little pressure (like a hair dryer). These works well outside and fine for inside as have to be used properly. These blows out the air on the lens and the dust particles present on the lens surface (or outside on body). Brushes with soft hairs can be a cheap alternative and it works fine for many photographers. Just simply remove the dust particles with gentle force and with proper care and you can remove the dust particles easily.
Pro tip:- If you live in dusty area or keep your camera where dust can be reached easily then do keep Silica gel near the lens, or you can keep it even in the cover when you travel with lens as Silica gel attracts the dust particles and then keep them attached and trapped within itself so the number of dust particles decreases near the lens so fewer chances of a dust full lens.
Techniques and Hacks to get the most out of above methods
Whenever it comes to rubbing a cloth always keep a few points in mind
- Never apply too much pressure or force as this will give out nothing but scratches on your Costly lens, and I don’t think you need enough of them.
- The circular motion of the clothes proves to be the most effective as it covers the maximum area as well as is in a continuous flow. Rubbing the in a single direction don’t prove to be much effective.
- Use soft fibrous brushes only. As it won’t give out any minor scratch by the brush fiber itself.
- Silica gel should be replaced on a regular interval if you use it in the small quantity because the surfaces get the cover up by dust particles and new particles cannot get trapped by it anymore.
To conclude all I want to say is don’t clean the lens unless it is needed. Too much cleaning itself is harmful. Stay cool don’t be aggressive while doing the above work. A calm and peaceful mind will give out better results.
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