The easiest way to clean a lens is to use a blower (air bulb) to clean the surface of the glass removing any dust and gently wiping it with a microfiber cloth to remove traces of stains. It is important if you can carry these two elements always in your photo bag to solve any problem with any purpose we are using.
Fungi are produced by the accumulation of moisture in the target. To avoid the creation of mushrooms, it is very useful to use the anti-humidity bags that are used for the clothes, so that they absorb any remaining moisture, we must add these in all the places where we have objectives, in the bag where the camera and the objectives, or in the lockers where we stack our goals if we have many.
An important part of the cleaning are the chamois, the best are microfiber, they pick up the dust and can be easily cleaned to reuse them, we can use perfectly the ones that come out in the cases of the glasses. It is advisable to have several in case we use these to clean moistening it with alcohol and another to be able to dry it.
It is very important that it is made of soft bristles and we can buy them in DIY stores, you can also make use of those that come out in the cleaning kits.
3) ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
It is the best cleaning liquid that can be used for lenses, it can be obtained in pharmacies and specialized drugstores, it stands out for how fast it evaporates, this being great for cleaning lenses.
You can use any latex glove that does not have talcum powder that they sell in pharmacies or supermarkets, or use any of the ones that they sell online for the cleaning of objectives.
To be able to remove the lenses and be able to remove the lenses to clean them, you will need several tools such as screwdrivers.
Amazon Tools Pack
In order to unscrew some parts of a lens we can also acquire the following tool.
You can get several of the utensils by buying a kit from those available at Amazon like this one:
STEPS FOR CLEANING
1) Have everything you need ready to clean the lens.
2) Blower (Air pear): With this accessory we clean the surface of the lens to remove any dust and this does not scratch the lens when using the chamois. You should place the blower tilted about 45 degrees when blowing to move the dust particles to the outside of the lens.
3) If you have a soft bristle brush you can pass it on the surface to remove the dust that is not removed with the blower because it is embedded, before passing it check that if you have a loose bristle it will come off and do not on the lens. After this step we return to use the air blower to remove the remains that remain on the surface of the lens.
4) We use isopropyl alcohol with sticks to eliminate any remaining fat and fungi that have the objective. You can also use a chamois impregnated with alcohol to clean it, in this case perform cleaning by circling the interior to the outside of the lens.
5) Use a microfiber cloth to clean the lens of the lens, removing the remains of liquid that remain, and the remains of dirt on the surface.
WHAT NOT TO DO
- When we are using the camera, use the shirt we carry or a piece of paper to clean the lens.
- You should never touch the lenses with your fingers because these are usually full of grease that will quickly be placed on the lens.
- Do not use liquids, other than isopropyl alcohol that evaporates very quickly, because we must prevent any liquid from entering other parts of the target.
- Use UV filter to protect the lens of the lenses, so if scratched it will only be the filter and we can replace it with another one.
- Only clean the lens if we see that it is really dirty. The glass with which the lens is made is very fragile and scratches easily. It is better to have a target with a bit of dust than a scratched target.
- Always keep clean the place where the objectives are stored using the anti-humidity bags so that fungi do not occur.
- Remove all dust from the protective cap of the lens with a brush to prevent it from getting dirty again.
When changing the lenses, do it with the camera facing downwards so that no dust gets in and do not leave the sensor of the camera for a long time exposed to dirt.
- Try to leave the objectives when we do not use them with the diaphragm closed to limit the passage of dirt between the different lenses.
- Keep any of the tools that we use to clean, especially the suede in a bag or case to protect it from dust.
Cleaning the objectives is necessary if the photographs are full of stains due to the dust that contains the lens, but it is also important not to clean it if it is not necessary, because in the end all cleaning will affect the lenses.
In another blog post we will see how to clean the camera and its sensor using most of the tools we have seen in this blog post.