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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by AlwaysOnAuto, Feb 27, 2018.
Sit down to clean your lenses?
I just did that for the first time in a long time. Probably too long.
Not too often on lenses. What I really need to do more often is clean the sensor. I would be embarrassed to show how many dust spot removals I have done on some pictures.
I anal. I like pretty, not pity. Even one spec of dust is too much. Me baby my stuff.
I'll take the time to clean the lenses I plan to use the day before an event, trip or stroll. This usually means all of them because I can never decide on what to bring.
I take care of my gear meticulously even after a hard day shooting. I'm a little grossed out if I let someone handle my gear especially if they greasy, sweaty hands. I'll go home and swab my lenses with alcohol to disinfect them!
...click on links with ellipses? Too often it seems.
As for lens cleaning, only when I notice something.
Right before I leave for a shoot or when I notice dust on the lens surface. I use a microfiber cloth and a soft lens brush. I've had to clean my sensor only once and use a rocket blower between lens changes.
Before and/or after a shoot I usually clean the sensor with a rocket blower and I blow away dust at the rear sides of the lenses that I've used or plan to use. I'll only do something about the front lens when there's obvious dust on it, but I clean water drops, finger tips right after the shoot with Q-tips after breathing on the lens. Don't care too much about grease or dust on the barrel, occasionally wipe it with a soft brush.
When it looks dirty.
After I receive a lens, it's inspected for fungus/haze and if there is some, I disassemble it to clean it and have a nice clear lens to begin with. And use my blower each time I swap a lens. I hate seeing dust in my pics. It's very dusty in the Southwest and it's a constant battle.
I'm one of those belonging to the school of keeping a UV or Skylight filter on the front of a lens...so I often check / gently wipe those front filters whenever I think about it.
WNG, I also religiously use a blower whenever changing the majority of my lenses.....before quickly mounting the rear lens cap on a removed lens...then on the rear of a lens about to be mounted...and finally the sensor area in the body.
The 35 year old Canon FD 300 and 400 lenses are too big for front filters and I might clean the front elements on them a couple times a year.
As an aside, I recently sent the 300 off to a retired Canon technician in ND who performs CLA and repairs on Canon FD lenses...replaced worn parts in the focusing mechanism, cleaned & tweaked everything up...noticeable improvement...had probably never been done in its 35+ years.
Forgot that one, important to clean the inside of rear lens caps to minimize dust on your sensor.
Forgot that one, important to clean the inside of rear lens caps to minimize dust on your sensor. Finding a procedure to change lenses with minimal exposure of lens rear and open camera mount also helps.
I always stand when I clean my lenses. I should probably do it more often.
I clean my lenses and my guns after each use! I enjoy all aspects of using and keeping my tools in top shape.
I use a blower often and lens paper when I need to.
Similar to Roundball I keep a UV Filter on all my lenses. Give them all a wipe down and a blower to the sensor prior to going out for a day's shoot.
Take the a7ii to a Sony Specialist Technician on a yearly "Service Visit" as well.
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