Welcome to a list of the recommended photography cleaning products. Oh the horror stories of people blowing spit on their lenses and wiping it off with their clothing. No, that is not the right way, and here are a couple of proper cleaning products that you should have.
1) LENS BLOWER
This is almost a staple in every photographer’s bag, to stop people from blowing spit on their lenses. A small recommendation here though, get a decent-sized one such as the above. Those “mini pocket-sized blowers” are totally worthless – can’t even move a piece of tissue.
2) MICROFIBER CLOTH
Yet another staple in a photographer’s bag. Never use a rough-textured cloth or paper to clean the lens – That will create a ton of micro scratches. Microfiber cloth is soft and washable, perfect for cleaning lenses and cameras.
3) SENSOR SWAB
Sensors can be generally be cleaned by using the air blower, but when things get a little junky with stubborn pieces of dirt – A sensor swab is what you need.
4) SOFT BRUSHES KIT
No, these are not for the glass elements, but to clear dust and dirt from the body and shell. I personally don’t like the “lens cleaner pen brush” thing. Gets dirty over time, better to just stick with blowers and lens wipes.
5) LENS WIPE
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Fingerprints and grease on the lens? Use a lens wipe instead. Personally, I use disposable ones for eyeglasses. Yes, don’t cheap out on using the brandless wipes and sprays… They have a rather bad reputation for destroying the lens coating.
Look for wipes from Nikon and Zeiss (yes, they do produce wipes for glasses) if you like. Those are on the slightly pricy end, but you can be sure they know how to make good lens wipes.
6) GLASS POLISH
Have a scratched lens? Try using one of these automobile windscreen polishes. Yep, those with “specially formulated nano-coating protection”. It may be on the slightly pricey end, comes with some risks, but it may just save your lens…
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This is not a cleaning product, but more of a “prevention” product. Once upon a time, I kept all my camera gear in a dry box that could not quite get the humidity down. So I used one of those “wardrobe charcoal dehumidifiers” to add to the “firepower”.
It was not until a few years later that I realized, there’s a cheaper and better option – A rechargeable dehumidifier. Yep, just stick this into your camera storage and let it sit. When the silicon changes color, take it out, switch on the power, let it heat and remove the moisture.
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.