Usually, photographers use their own way to clean their expensive SLR camera lens, but it’s also true that sometimes they are very careless towards their lens cleaning. For instance, a photographer is unnecessarily cleaning his lens even when cleaning is not required, only with the hope that he would get the best image results, which is not right. Though, it’s exactly right that dust and dirt particles stick over the lens element affect the image quality badly, but one need to be more cautious while cleaning the lens. They should have to know the required process to clean the lens, because if they fail, unluckily, to give sufficient attention to this cleaning method of the lens can reduce the lens life.
So, you can take help through this article and find out the best possible way to clean your lens.
Why lens cleaning is required? – Photographers usually clean the lens to remove the unavoidable dust and dirt particles to keep the images from being looked cloudy. Normally, during photography sessions a photographer takes hundreds and hundreds of different subjects’ shots and within this specific moment to find desire subjects for shooting one has to pass through many areas, so it’s inevitable that the lens must be attacked by dusts, because dust is everywhere. Also, a photographer arranges his camera setting too often according to the required situations is another cause that the lens becomes appear oily (due to get touched by oily hand) that may also the result in an unattractive bokeh.
Eventually, lens elements are very sensitive and a little ignorance can bring the minus results, but you can keep it well by cleaning it attentively time to time, whenever required.
We accepted the regular lens cleaning is necessary but how, as it’s too sensitive?
Sadly, we saw a mass of photographers who owned a normal cloth or facial tissue (already lens damageable particles in it) to clean their lens and not only this, they also cleaned it by pressing much more until the scratches clearly visible into the lens, maybe the blunder mistake of them. They should know that lenses are basically made of hard optical glass but very likely to be harmed by the dust particles harder than lens including sand, bushes etc.
It’s although necessary to know that the rear element of the lens is not much vulnerable to dirt and dust particles, but the important point to be noted is that Oily fingerprints and smudges are the only enemies that badly affect the image quality. And if you want to eliminate fingerprints and other smudges without leaving a long, thin line or mark of a different substance on your lens or filter, you can use a little amount of alcohol based lens cleaning fluid, which will be mighty effective for these kinds of purposes.
We are telling you very simple methods to clean your lens effectively, so that you don’t have to trouble with cleaning issue with the lens further.
Anyway, let’s read the methods below to get your lens cleaned in advisable way.
Blowers and brush- Do you normally keep a blower in your DSLR camera bag? If not, then start keeping it, wherever you go for shooting because this is very handy equipment for sensor and lens cleaning and also to remove the dust due to air.
Brush- We suggest the camel hair brush as the best option despite of all other brands available in the market, which is fine and soft that will excellently remove the streaks from your lens.
Microfiber cleaning cloth- The little and tiny scratches don’t affect image quality much more, but prevention is far better than risk. So, Microfiber cleaning cloth is great option available in the market as a lens cleaner that can be used for multiple cleanings, which exceptionally remove the dust and oils on your lens. But, if you think about to re-use it again after washing then it will not be an intelligent work, because it leaves particles (not easily removable from rocket blower) that may easily scratch the lens. Instead, you can buy newly one as it’s not much costly.