How to Clean a Camera Lens

On December 9, 2012, in Tutorials, by teaco

This questions was recently asked on the Nikon forum and i thought the reply was very good. We’ve all seen people rubbing away at their lenses with their shirt, or using a bit of ‘ha ha’ (breath).  This advice is exactly what i have been doing, although i do get a little lazy and shoot through dusty lenses a bit too often 😉

The best way to clean a lens is to use a piece of lint free lens cleaning tissue and a small amount of Lens Cleaning solution. Do not use anything containing abrasives or solvents, only use Lens Cleaning Solution. First we recommend taking a small blower brush to blow off or brush away loose dust or debris. Next, place a drop or two of cleaner on the tissue (never directly onto the lens) and then wipe the lens in a circular motion, beginning in the center and working your way outward, removing any marks or smear. If the above supplies are not available a clean, dry, soft, lint free cloth can be used to clean the lens. Do not breathe on the lens to fog it for cleaning. There are harmful acids in breath that can damage lens coatings. Just use the blower bulb, then brush, and wipe the lens in a circular spiral from the center outward. The same method can be used to clean the viewfinder eyepiece of Nikon cameras.