How to Clean a DSLR Camera Lens

To get optimum performance from your camera, you have to make sure that your DSLR camera lens stay clean and dust-free. Cleaning your lens kit can be tricky, and you have to do it with utmost care. Using the wrong materials could result in unwanted miniscule scratches, resulting in damages. Invest in a good lens cleaning kit, because this can go a long way. Here are is a step by step guide on how to keep your DSLR camera lens squeaky clean.

Step 1: Prevent and Protect

Before anything else, you should invest in buying protective gear and apparatus for your lens kit. A lens hood is good not only for keeping out unwanted glare, it also protects your lens surface from cracks and scratches. Also consider attaching a UV filter or skylight filter. This will ensure that the actual lens will stay dust and scratch-free. That way, when you have to clean your lens, you might not need to touch the actual lens, but only the filter.

Step 2: Gather Cleaning Materials

Before you begin taking apart your lens for cleaning, make sure that you are in a dust-free zone. Put together your cleaning materials. The basics are a dust blower, microfiber cloth, and lens cleaning fluid. The dust blower sometimes comes with a soft brush. Invest in a brush that has very fine hairs like camel hair. This will prevent any damages to your lens. You can also opt for lens tissue instead of microfiber cloth. These tissues help absorb dust, oil and grime from your lens, and are disposable. The lens cleaning fluid is important for cleaning your lens of fingerprints and smudges, without leaving unwanted streaks.

Step 3: Blow off Dust

With the blower, blow off dust on and around your lenses. Make sure you're not using compressed air, and that your blower is also kept clean. You wouldn't want to blow more dust into your lenses. You can also gently brush off any dirt that you see.

Step 4: Prepare the Cloth

Prepare your cleaning cloth - be it a microfiber cloth or lens tissue - by putting a few drops of lens cleaning fluid on it. Never soak the cloth through and through; just get it damp with the fluid. Never place the fluid directly on your lens either, as the chemicals on it might cause lasting damage to your lens.

Step 5: Wipe Your Lens

With the damp cloth, carefully wipe away any smudges or prints on your lens. Because of the cloth and the fluid, there should be no visible streaks left on your lens. Be sure to wipe gently, so you don't cause any damage. Wait until the fluid has dried off before using or storing your camera.

Step 6: Test It

Do a little test to be sure that you've thoroughly cleaned your lens. Using a low aperture, take a picture of a plain, white surface. Examine the photograph closely for any visible marks, dust, dirt or smudges. When all is clear, then your DSLR camera lens is surely in tip-top condition.

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