How to Remove Haze From a Lens

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How to Remove Haze From a Lens
Prevent your pictures from developing with a haze by cleaning your lens. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Once you've taken a photo and developed it with the haze, it is already too late. Keeping your camera lens haze- and smudge-free is of utmost concern when capturing photos. While a camera lens may appear to be strong, it can scratch easily, hence the need for a lens cap. The cleaning method you use is especially important as some methods can push dirt around, scratch and permanently damage your lens. Adopt a strict cleaning method for your lens so you can clean efficiently and avoid having to clean it often.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lens cleaning solution

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  1. 1

    Clear a work space that is free from dirt and dust.

  2. 2

    Wash your hands then place your camera and cleaning materials in your workspace.

  3. 3

    Wipe the lens of your camera gently with your microfiber cloth. The cloth will pick up any dust or smudges creating the haze you see on your lens.

  4. 4

    Apply a small about of cleaning fluid to your cloth and gently wipe it over your lens. Do not rub firmly or repeatedly. A few strokes should be more than enough to completely clean the lens.

  5. 5

    Use the cloth to wipe the inside of your camera lens cap. Clean the cover until it is free from dust that can transfer onto your lens.

  6. 6

    Replace the lens cap and store your camera in a safe location.

Tips and warnings

  • Try to clean your lens as infrequently as possible to prevent scratching and damage.
  • Do not spray the cleaning fluid directly on the lens.
  • Alcohol-based cleaners can damage older lenses. Be sure to buy a product safe for your lens.

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