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    Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    Any specific brands of lens glass cleaners that you all could recommend? Thanks!

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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    Purosol
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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J. De Smidt View Post
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    Thank you!!!

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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter J. De Smidt View Post
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    I don't know what it is made of, but it is super clean. Use it with a lint-free microfiber cloth and be happy.

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    Pancro.
    I rarely clean a lens or even touch the glass with anything. It's just not necessary for most photography with lf lenses.

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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    I normally just use the Rocket Blower. If it does not go away, like for instance an accidental fingerprint, pollen that gets stuck, or anything in general that cannot be blown away, I use a Lenspen. Never have to resort to wet cleaning.

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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    For the budget minded -

    60ml distilled water
    1ml Dawn dish detergent
    9ml 70% rubbing alcohol

    Has worked great for me when I have used it, but like others, I seldom have to use liquid.
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    Vodka. Especially if you're back packing at altitude.
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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    As others have said, always use the least aggressive method for cleaning lenses. A little dust won't hurt anything, but if needed a blower or soft brush will get clear it away. Now if there are some smudges, you'll need liquid cleaner. What you don't want to do, though, is anything that will drag hard particles over the glass. So best practice is to use a perfectly clean wipe, and to move it in a rolling fashion so that you aren't dragging just one area of the cloth over the lens, since if a hard piece of dirt got stuck on the cloth, you'd be dragging it all over the glass. That's why I don't like lens pens. Of themselves they're fine, but if something hard get trapped in them, you'll scratch your lens. If you use the pen enough, eventually it will trap something bad. I prefer small sheets of microfiber cloth for cleaning lenses.

    Never use traditional lens cleaning tissue dry. It will scratch your lens.
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    Re: Best/favorite lens cleaners?

    A little air when I get home. Steamy breath and an old T-shirt (which I usually wear) while in the field. Main thing is to get the chunks off before you wipe. Mostly keep the caps on so I don't have to clean.
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