Let’s start with some facts:
- Dirty optics can and will affect your image quality.
- There are correct & incorrect methods and tools to clean lens and filter optics.
- There’s a great deal of information available on the topic of lens cleaning—some of it conflicting.
So, let’s try to keep things simple, and find the best and safest way to get your lenses clean, so that you can spend more time making photographs, and less time on cleaning chores.
“When you use your gear, it’s going to get dirty…”
We at Accord Equips rentals Mumbai recommend you to do the followings for Lens Maintenance & Cleaning:
- You should avoid unnecessary cleaning of the lens. Glass used in lenses is softer than regular glass so avoid unnecessary cleaning.
- A few specs of dust on or inside the lens will have no effect on image quality. Careless use and too much cleaning can rub off lens coating.
- Enemies of the lens: Fingers, Humidity, Dust, A lens that sits on a shelf in your home for years and collects a thick layer of dust and fungus.
Accord Equips Rentals has many lenses and has interactions with many lens experts. We have learnt to do the followings for the Storage of Lens – Temperature & Humidity Control:
- RH – 35 to 45 %
- Warm cupboard
- Use Desiccants like Silica gel or dehumidifier
We recommend you to do the followings for Lens Maintenance:
- UV Filters to protect the lens
- Caps and hoods to protect the lens
- Brush & Blower- Use brushes with camel hair and do not touch the bristles with your fingers.
- Cleaning Liquids – Do not use Acetone. It may damage the plastic and paint on the barrel.
- Regular Tissue if no other option is available
- Facial issues avoidable as they sometimes have abrasive material and lotions for facial care and not lens care
We recommend you to do the followings for Transporting Lens:
- Not on the floor of the car – If placed on the floor of the car, all the jerks and vibrations would transmit to the delicate equipment.
- Not in the boot unless it’s kept on padding – If in the boot, do keep it over a thick blanket.
- Not near the Vents
- Not exposed to sunlight or sources of extreme temp – Exposure to extreme temperatures like heating or cooling vents or direct sunlight would lead to condensation when the lenses moved to another environment.
Cleaning your optics is easy to do, even in the field:
Here is a simple 3 step process, for effective lens and filter cleaning:
- Remove as much dust and dirt as possible from the lens with a blower or soft-bristled brush.
- If you find spots, then use a wet Lens Cleaning Tissue or pour some Lens Cleaning Solution on a cleaning cloth.
- Using a circular motion centre, gently remove oil, fingerprints, and grime from the lens surface, working from the centre outward.
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