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How to Clean a Camera Lens

Professional camera cleaning is expensive and usually more than you need. Follow these simple steps to keep your lenses clear and smudge-free.


  • Step 1: Brush first Use a blower brush to remove dust and dirt. If you don't have a blower brush, use an ear syringe. Next, brush the lens with a camel hair lens brush.
  • Step 2: Wipe second Breathe on the lens; then wipe off smudges with a lens cloth or lens tissue. If that doesn’t work, put a drop of lens cleaner on the cloth and try again. Wipe gently in a circular motion, working outward from the center.
  • TIP: A microfiber lens cloth can be hand washed without detergent and reused. A lens tissue can be used only once.
  • Step 3: Clean other parts Clean the rear lens element, as well as filters and lens caps to avoid transferring dust to the lens.
  • TIP: Do not use rubbing alcohol or eyeglass tissues to clean a lens. Each contains added chemicals that can damage or leave a coating on the lens.
  • Step 4: Keep it clean Clean your lenses as seldom as possible. Every time you clean a lens you risk scratching it or damaging its coating. Always store your camera in a case with the lens cap on.
  • FACT: Did you know? The first photograph, taken in 1826 in France, required an eight-hour exposure.

You Will Need

  • A blower brush or ear syringe
  • A camel hair lens brush
  • A lens cloth or tissue
  • Lens cleaner

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