Having been on Bardsey Island for over a week, and been witness to (and having photographed) a severe gale that hit the island, my camera’s lenses and filters were in dire need of a clean. Fortunately, given the right tools this is a quick and painless job.
Here what I used
- Soft lens brush (I used the one from a LensPen).
- Blower (my favorite here is the Visible Dust Zeeion because it packs a punch and incorporates filters so I’m not just blowing more crap onto my lenses).
- Eclipse cleaning fluid.
- Lee filter cleaning solution.
Here’s my process for lenses:
- Blow/brush off the worst of the dirt. You don’t want to be grinding sand particles into your glass if you can avoid it!
- With that done, take a PEC*PAD and apply one or two drops of the Eclipse cleaning fluid and wipe the lens from the middle towards the outside. If the lens if dirty, use a second (or third) PEC*PAD. The trick is to do the wipe slow so the solution has time to lift the crud off the glass as you go, rather than smearing it onto the glass.
- Allow the glass to dry (Eclipse will only take a few seconds) and inspect.
- If clean, put the lens cap back on (after giving it a blow with the blower), or repeat the above steps if you still see dirt on the lens.
For filters it’s a similar process:
- Blow off the worst of the dust.
- Apply two drops of the Lee filter cleaning solution to the filter and clean it.
- Repeat for the other side.
- Inspect and put away if clean.
I use the Lee solution for filters for two reasons:
- It doesn’t dry off as fast as Eclipse, so it’s better for big square filters which have a lot more surface area than a lens.
- It has anti-static properties, so that works to prevent the filter being a dirt magnet (which resin filters can be at times).
With that done, I’m ready for more photography!