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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Cleaning Your Camera (Viewed 467 times)
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Cleaning Your Camera
< on 11/18/2010 10:52 PM >
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So, most of us have taken our cameras to some pretty lousy places and pointed our lenses at things that most cameras have nightmares about.

How do you clean your cameras after a trip?

I've been using dilute alcohol on a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt off followed by a soft towel to dry.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 1 on 11/18/2010 11:06 PM >
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To help keep grit from getting into the more sensitive bits of my dSLR, I use Camera Armor (http://www.cameraarmor.com/).

An air puff brush is useful for cleaning lenses and camera sensors.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 2 on 11/19/2010 12:22 AM >
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Posted by jinx13
So, most of us have taken our cameras to some pretty lousy places and pointed our lenses at things that most cameras have nightmares about.

How do you clean your cameras after a trip?

I've been using dilute alcohol on a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt off followed by a soft towel to dry.


NEVER EVER use paper on the camera lens. Unless it's meant for that. Pretty much keep the poor thing away from dust, blow dust off with your lungs, then wipe with a soft cloth (damp for dust).

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 3 on 11/19/2010 12:49 AM >
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I just dunk my Nikonos in a bubble bath.

My DSLRs on the other hand...
Sensor cleaning - Eclipse and PecPads
Body cleaning - Slightly damp paper towel (They have been through mud, torrential downpours, etc. I can't see much else hurting them)
Lens Cleaning - Moisture from my breath and my shirt or a microfiber towel.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 4 on 11/19/2010 12:56 AM >
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Clean it once and get a UV filter and never clean it again.


The biggest problems I've had is tissues is they leave little bits of lint and crap behind.

Lenses aren't that delicate: I've used a damp paper towel to no ill effect on the samyang 8mm. The paper towel has to be name brand and really soft (don't use the shit from mcdonalds or dollar store) Bounty: Quilted Northern, ETC

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Only use lens cleaning solution or plain water on the lens though: too strong of a cleaner will fuck up the coating.


Sensor: damp qtips.

Body: toothpick (to get sand and crap out of the buttons) and whatever's handy: towel, old tee shirt, etc.
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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 5 on 11/19/2010 1:49 AM >
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Clean it once and get a UV filter and never clean it again.


probably the best cheap investment you can make. i keep one on all of my lenses.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 6 on 11/19/2010 2:03 AM >
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rocket blower & slightly damp paper towel.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 7 on 11/19/2010 2:06 AM >
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I would definitely NOT recommend water or Q-tips on the sensor. It is too easy to scratch or become damaged. Also I have a hard enough time getting them crystal clear with medical grade tools, and I couldn't imagine being able to get it clean with water which will dry and leave spots (be careful with other liquids as it can damage the coating).

And UV filers are a waste in my eyes. Ridiculously hard to get clean, easily break and can then scratch the glass and prone to induce flaring. I would recommend high end multi coated ones on lenses that need them to complete their weather sealing though.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 8 on 11/19/2010 2:35 AM >
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I agree about the flaring on UV filters, at least for night photographers.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 9 on 11/19/2010 3:38 AM >
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Oh no, ha! I'm talking about cleaning the body exterior. I let Nikon tell me what to clean the critical bits with.

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Re: Cleaning Your Camera
<Reply # 10 on 11/19/2010 2:02 PM >
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Sand blasting followed by 60 grit sandpaper. (Just kidding)

Seriously, I'm pretty careful with my camera so I've been lucky. I have a cloth that I use to clean my glasses with. Very soft and it's great for cleaning lenses without scratching them.

I keep the case with me (shoulder strap for easy carrying) and when I'm not using the camera, it goes back into the case. That's saved my camera from being damaged when I accidently dropped it and has kept necessary cleaning down to a minimum.
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