Good quality camera lenses are made with optical glass that requires special treatment. You can buy alcohol-based lens cleaner from any store that carries camera equipment, but the small amount of cleaner you purchase can be very pricey. An alternative to this is to buy a few common ingredients and use those for cleaning your lenses for far less money.
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Things you need
- Distilled water
- 100 per cent methyl alcohol
- Microfiber cloth or lens tissues
Breathe on the lens until fog appears. Wipe the lens with a microfiber cloth or lens tissue until the foggy areas are clean.
Sprinkle a small amount of distilled water on a microfiber cloth or lens tissue for a soiled lens. Wipe away dust from the camera lens using this.
Dampen a microfiber lens with 100 per cent methyl alcohol to remove fingerprints and other smudges from the lens.
Tips and warnings
- When wiping a camera lens, start at the centre and work toward the outside in a circular motion.
- Allow the lens to dry thoroughly before using.
- Attach a filter to your camera to cover the lens when shooting. This will protect the lens from floating debris in the air.
- Always keep the lens protected with a lens cover when not in use.
- Avoid touching the lens. This takes practice, but fingerprints are the hardest of smudges to remove because they contain body oils that cling to the lens.
- Never use paper towels, toilet paper or facial tissue to clean a camera lens. All are rough and could scratch the lens.
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