In this article, I will provide you with information on how to check whether your camera lens is dirty, how to clean DSLR camera lens, some useful cleaning accessories, how you can make sure that the camera lens remains clean, and some tips to prevent dust from setting on the camera lens. Stay Tuned!
One day, when my friend was capturing some shots with his DSLR camera, he was not getting satisfactory images. He doubted his photography skills. And then, at last, he came to me and asked for my help to take a few shots. I used my magic wand and the shots were clearer than ever. Thank god he didn’t come to know my trick.
One of the best ways to capture a great-quality photo is by cleaning your DSLR camera. Even a small dust or dirt particle present on your lenses can make your photographs look hazy or blurry. This task might seem simple for many of you, but it’s not less intimidating than to experiment on some radioactive reactions because even a little carelessness can cost you your kidneys. Kidding. But DSLRs are precious, and no one would want to lose them because of improper handling.
Cleaning a camera is a complex task. You have to be extremely cautious with the delicate lenses, or you might leave behind scratches or fingerprints on them. But only a few of us know the proper ways to do this, and if you also belong in this list, do not worry. In this article, we will remove every doubt and problem which you face whenever you think of cleaning your camera.
- 1 How to clean DSLR Camera Lens
- 1.1 Is my camera dirty?
- 1.2 What are the accessories required for cleaning the DSLR lenses?
- 1.3 Cleaning the lenses: The right way
- 1.4 How can I keep my camera clean?
- 1.5 Tips for avoiding dust from setting on your camera lens
- 1.6 Conclusion
How to clean DSLR Camera Lens
Today in this article, we will tell you some ways which you can follow while cleaning your DSLR camera, but before we do so, let me ask you a question: ‘How can you check whether your lenses are dirty?’ Well, first, let’s check the ways by which you can find the answer to this primary question.
Is my camera dirty?
The easiest way to detect the presence of dirt particles on your lenses is by setting the focus to infinity and clicking a few photos of plain surfaces. Search for a spotless subject and take a few photos. Zoom in the photograph, and if you find the photo hazy or it has blurry spots, then your lens might have some uninvited guest on its surface. If you can’t detect anything but still doubt, click a photograph of a darker object. If you don’t find anything by the first photo, you might get something by shooting a photo of a dark object.
What are the accessories required for cleaning the DSLR lenses?
Many people simply use a piece of cloth for cleaning the lenses, but I won’t advise you to do so. By doing so, you might unintentionally rub the dirt particles present on the lenses, which can leave scratches on them. So, always prefer accessories which are specially designed for cleansing purposes. Here’s the list.
Buy a soft-bristled brush for cleaning the surface of your lens as it makes sure that your lens does not get scratches while cleaning them. Also, avoid placing your brush on an oily surface as it might leave behind oil traces on your lens.
A good cleaning fluid is extremely necessary when it comes to cleaning the lenses of a camera. But be cautious while using it. Always use the right amount of liquid on your lenses – a drop or two are enough. Do not use the liquid in excess as it might damage the camera’s optics, and also, it can get inside your camera. Cleaning the lenses with a cleaning solution can easily remove fingerprints and smudges.
This device lets you blow air on the delicate parts of your camera, thus removing the dirt particles from the surface. It is a must-have accessory as it helps in cleaning your DSLR without even letting you physically touch the surface of the lenses. I recommend you to have an air blower always in your camera bag.
Always use the right cleaning wipes and cloths which are specially designed for cleaning a camera. Many times, people use an ordinary piece of cloth for cleaning the lenses, but it can damage the surface of lenses. Do not reuse a used piece of cloth as instead of cleaning the lens; it will make it much dirtier.
Cleaning the lenses: The right way
If you are a professional photographer, then you might already know the basics of cleaning your camera. So you can skip this. But, if you are a beginner and do not know much about cleaning, then it is the most important part for you. READ IT LINE BY LINE!
Use Air Blower
Use an air blower to remove the dust (of comparative bigger size) from the surface of the lens. The good thing about using an air blower is that you do not have to touch the surface, so there is a lesser chance of making the surface scratchy.
Brush the surface of your lens
Brush the surface of your lens and make sure that you remove the dirt and dust particles delicately. Do not force the brush too hard as it might destroy the topmost layer of your lens. Also, do not use any cloth or wipes at first as you might unintentionally rub the dirt particles along with the cloth, which further will bring scratches to your lens.
Rub gently using a damp microfiber cloth
After you brush the surface of your lens and remove the tiny dust particles, it is time to remove the oily fingerprints from your lens. I recommend you to use a good-quality microfiber and cleaning solution so that it does not leave behind the traces of its fiber. Furthermore, rub the lens in a circular motion. It will prevent scratches while cleaning. After a while, you will see the lens shining.
Wipe off the cleaning solution
Now, this is the last step involved in cleaning the lens of your DSLR. Clean the excess liquid from the surface of the lens and make sure that it becomes completely dry. Do not use the liquid in excess quantity. Many people use thinners and benzene solution in place of cleaning solution, but we suggest you not commit such mistakes as it might rip off the coating of the lens.
Once you are done with the lens, it is time to clean the buttons and the LCD display of your camera. It is not a difficult task. All you have to do is to make the microfiber cloth a little damp by using the microfiber cloth. Make sure that you do not make it too wet. Then rub the cloth gently on the LCD screen and the buttons of the camera. Remove the dust and again clean it with a soft dry cloth.
If you want to cross-check whether the cleaning was successful, you can again check it by setting the focus to infinity and clicking a few photos of a plain surface (both dark and light). I am a hundred percent sure that you won’t find any hazy spots on the photograph. However, if you still find it not up to the mark, take your camera to the service center and ask the agent for a thorough cleaning.
How can I keep my camera clean?
Well, to be honest, if you are a wildlife photographer, then it’s natural to get your camera dirty. However, there are a few tips that you can follow to make sure that your camera remains safe from dirt.
- Always cover the lens using the lens cap before putting the camera in your bag. It will avoid the scratches that the lens of your camera can get from other objects.
- Place the lenses in a separate bag and avoid putting them with other objects.
- Always use the lens cap whenever your camera is not in use.
- Do not hand over your camera to children (the most important tip).
Tips for avoiding dust from setting on your camera lens
Always prevent the dust and dirt particles from setting on your camera lens. But how can I do it? Well, its a lot easier than cleaning the lens.
- Tilt the camera downward while changing the lens. This will ensure that no dust particles land on the surface of the lens of your camera.
- Always use a manual air blower for blowing the dirt particles from the camera lens. Never use a canned air blower for this purpose as it blows the air with pressure, which might damage the sensors of your camera.
- Clean the lens regularly and do not let the dirt set on your camera for a long time as it will prevent it from reaching the optics of your camera.
In this article titled ‘How to clean DSLR camera lens – Complete guide!’, I have given you information regarding the ways using which you can check whether your camera lens is dirty or not, various accessories which you should have for cleaning the DSLR, and the different steps which you should follow while cleaning. Also, I told you how you could keep your camera lens clean and tips which you should follow to prevent dirt setting on your camera.
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