Clicky

How to Clean Your Camera Lens Properly (VIDEO) (Updated)

How to Clean Your Camera Lens Properly (VIDEO) (Updated)

Admin
I'm Rob, the editor of Light Stalking. I try to keep this ship on course.
Admin
Admin

Blog Posts by Admin

Admin

Latest Images

By on in Photography and Camera Gear

 

Cleaning a camera lens is definitely something that every photographer is going to need to do at some point. Doing it properly is imperative if you’re to take perfectly clear images. This great little video from the folks at the unofficial Nikon Help Hotline on Youtube have put together this great video on how to clean your camera lens properly.

As you can see, it is a little more involved than you might think if you are to do the job properly and it may even take more than one attempt. With a little patience though, you might get away without having to get it professionally done.

Thanks for Petapixel and Lifehacker for bringing this one to our attention.

UPDATE: As you can see from a few of the comments, the above video is causing a bit of a stir, here and elsewhere.

Well, Jared Abrams from over at Wide Open Camera (great site you should check out) has made his own video explaining how they clean lenses in Hollywood. He should know – he’s been a film and still photographer all of his career.

Check it out at his site or below.

Quick Take: How To Clean Your Lenses Wide Open Camera Style. from jared abrams on Vimeo.

 

15 Comments

  • Jared Abrams:

    This is absurd. Almost everything wrong here. Please do not use Isopropyl alcohol to clean the front element. Also a brush will just move dirt and dust around the lens. Gloves are just silly.
    BAD INFO HERE.
    Thanks ‘
    Jared Abrams
    Wide Open Camera

    April 16, 2011 at 5:48 am

  • nick:

    “use the synthetic brush and peacefully wipe the front glass surface in curvy and straight directions” – don’t you just love it!
    Nothing new here and way OTT. At one point the blower was peacefully blowing dust onto the lens and the music’s terrible. Thank heavens I’ve got Canon!

    April 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

  • How to Clean Your Camera Lens Properly (VIDEO) | Global Community of Photography:

    [...] TweetCONTINUE READING How to Clean Your Camera Lens Properly (VIDEO) [...]

    April 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

  • BATilts:

    Rubbing alcohol ? No way

    April 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

  • Cleaning lenses:

    [...] excellent video tutorial I just saw on my twitter timeline Light Stalking How to Clean Your Camera Lens Properly (VIDEO) __________________ Nikon D60 – SB-600 Speedlight – 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR – 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR [...]

    April 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  • tom:

    Like painting the harbour bridge. By the time I get around to the last one the first has collected the dust and I have to start again.
    No alcohol on my lenses either.
    And the gloves!! Come on guys, leave those to the proctologist.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

  • EBB:

    I agree with some of the comments… but the gloves are important for those who have oily hands like I do.
    @Nick, you don’t clean the canon lenses?

    April 17, 2011 at 12:09 am

  • Avatar of swiftcolourswiftcolour:

    Rubbing alcohol???? not sure ill be doing that. Im scared enough when cleaning my lenses.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

  • bryan:

    I have never herd rubbing alcohol used either

    April 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

  • Heather:

    I am not a professional photographer myself but alcohol seem a bit too much, and the introductory part about using sunglasses if your eyes are sensitive to strong light which you have to specifically use to see all the imperfections, it seems a bit illogical. Doesn’t it!

    April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

  • golden:

    I clean vintage lenses with a lot more than a bit of dust on them. There’s nothing wrong with Isopropyl on the glass, I use neat Acetone. Both of these can damage plastics and take off lens markings so I wouldn’t use them near lens bodies. Also you should avoid using a circular motion on the lens, if you were to mark the lens, a circumferential scratch will impact far more than straight scratch.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:16 am

  • Darryl:

    According to this MSDS, the Pancro Jared reccomends is just reagent grade isopropyl alcohol, as in the original video.

    http://strattoncamera.com/pdf/Pancro_MSDS.pdf

    Of course, Pancro charges about 6 times as much for it. $24 for 4 oz vs say $14 for 16 oz here.

    http://www.sciencecompany.com/Isopropyl-Alcohol-ACS-USPNF-998-min-16oz-P16071.aspx

    August 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

  • Karen:

    The music gave me a headache, the print was blurred, the instructions inaccurate on first video. Second video much more helpful

    November 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  • Douglas:

    Ok, aside from this being a info-mercial the basic instructions are fairly accurate. My background is in optical instrument repair, air bulb is good, canned air is ok as well used sparingly, a good lens brush is helpfull, just clean them or replace them regularly, and alcohol is generally acceptable. A professional lens coating will withstand alcohol easily. In my work we used acetone, this is Mil-Spec coatings. The acetone cleaned fingerprints, oil droplets etc and it dries quickly and leave little residue. The micro-fiber cloth use is great. The video shows a reversal of directions in the cleaning which is a no-no. Start in the center go in circular direction and continue out to the edge and lift up. DO not reverse directions. The key is treat the lens a fragile commodity which it is.

    December 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

Recent Members