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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Necktie?? What's that??...

    When I worked in optical assembly we used reagent-grade acetone. But I don't think that's a realistic (or advised) solution here.
    Frankly, I've always used the old Kodak lens cleaner, breath-fog and a very light touch. But generally I have avoided cleaning or even touching any lens element I care about. Mostly I keep them capped/covered and put away. But keeping them put away is contrary to what I really need to be doing!

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    If I need fluid, ROR on a clean 3M microfiber cloth is my choice. If just blowing dust off, my compressed air lines are triple-filtered down to extremely small particulate sizes. And I only use high-grade hoses fully purged of any oil or condensate. It not like filling a tire! The most common scenario demanding cleaning as soon as possible is ocean salt mist or spray. If I need to wait a little while for the ideal moment to activate the shutter after composing the shot, I keep the lens cap on until then. Even the fog is salty here ... and brrrr... it is another cold foggy morning.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    Quote Originally Posted by neil poulsen View Post
    maybe put a couple of drops directly on the lens
    Back in the day, I was told to use the cleaning fluid sparingly and not apply it directly to the glass for fear that some of the fluid might be drawn into the lens body. Instead, I touch the tip of the dropper bottle to the lens paper (I still have a supply of Kodak lens cleaning paper) and let the capillary action draw some of the fluid out into the paper.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    I've found, over the years...that all lens tissues are not equal. I'd depended on Kodak paper until it got hard to find. I then tried a few "no name" papers...and all were too "hard," behaving more like paper and less like tissue. Lately I've found the "Sensei" brand to be pretty decent, but as with all things photographic - YMMV!

    While I'm of the opinion that a high quality, soft microfiber is at least equal to (probably better than) the "best" tissue in many ways, this only holds true if this cloth is absolutely clean. Not a problem with tissues as they get tossed after a single use.

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    Re: Lens Cleaner

    By far the best microfiber cloths I've found are little dimpled ones made by 3M. I'll never ever go back to any kind of lens tissue. At some point, I'll test out the best manner to truly clean and reuse these little cloths. I'm still relying on a personal bulk inventory I acquired before I retired, when we had a direct 3M distributor account. I got them very very reasonably. Unfortunately, the consumer markup on such items in camera stores tends to be stratospheric. 10-packs on Amazon seem reasonable.
    Last edited by Drew Wiley; 14-Apr-2021 at 15:56.

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