|Golden Bog, Madame Sherri Forest|
It is difficult to believe that in over 300 blog articles I have never covered lens cleaning. It is an important topic and worthy of a short, hopefully, discussion. Included in this articles are recent images from around Madame Sherri Forest in Chesterfield NH. All captured with a less than perfectly clean lens.
|Partridge Brook Gold : Dusty Filter|
|A "Little" Dust|
A Nightmare, but I lost a little of the crud when I aimed the camera.
|Max Dust Effect: Close-up & Small Aperture|
More critical is the dust that can collect on the rear element of the lens. Particles here are closer to the sensor and are not diffused by the multiple lens elements. Projected, unaltered, to the sensor they can have a much more visible effect on the image. The back element of the lens can't be protected by a filter and I am especially careful to keep this end pointed down during lens changes.
|Center Squeezer Lens Cap|
The Less Precious Filter
|Lost a Polarizer, Saved a Lens!|
Despite your best efforts dust and smudges will happen and your first rule, like that for physicians is to "Do No Harm". The least invasive, effective, measure is always the best, and the least invasive approach is not to clean. It is worth repeating that a few dust specs will have little effect on your image and compulsive cleaning my do more harm than good. With all that in mind, let’s clean that lens.
|Giottos Rocket Blower|
To remove more persistent grit, my next step is to brush gently with a soft clean brush. I have seen how filthy camels get, but for some reason Camel Hair brushes seem to be the most favored. The secret is to keep the brushes clean and especially to avoid getting oils from your fingers on the bristles.
Note: Because I lack a third hand the pictures here show the lens pointing upward, but, to enlist the help of gravity, in actual practice the blowing and brushing should be done with the lens pointing down.
Lens Cloths and Paper
Lens paper is cheap and can be effective, especially when
|Microfiber Cloth and Solution|
|Crabapple Bark: Dusty Lens|
Blowers and Brushes are great for removing dry dust, but liquid
It is simple.
- Protect your lens from dirt.
- Only Clean when you must.
- Try the least invasive
- Keep you lens cloth clean.
- Enjoy a lovely and reasonably dust-free Spring!