anyway to clean my lens w/o store bought solutions?
I really don't have access to any solutions from a store right now. I have a pretty nice smudge on the lens so I was wondering if there are any things I can use from home to clean it. thanks...

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Im assuming this smudge is a noticable imprint. (Lenses should rarely need wet cleaningespecially if a uv filter is the first thing you get with your lens (assuming it will take one.) If filter gets dirty you can simply remove it. To avoid scouring the lens element, only undertake wet cleaning after youve removed all dirt particle debris off with an air bulb (brush removed) before scouring glass. "If" you do rub it with lens paper (and not kleenex,) do it it in a circular motion. Compressed air or using your breath is not reccommendedBe careful with cloths or liquids made for eyeglasses. Some can take the antiglare coating off.

If smudge on lens glass is noticable, wait and go to a camera store. Water depending on where you live can have an acid ph. Some articles reccommend 50% distilled water, 50% pure alcohol, and a tablespoon of mild dish detergent per 1 litre of solution or distailled water alone. This can makes an alternative to commercial lens cleaning solutions but you could probably get to the store by th etime you make this. It works but alcohol must be lab grade or close to it.

If you are not sure, wait and get the right stuff. "If" the smudge is from a finger that oil itself can hurt lens coating before you even try to romove. Again Im assuming this noticable imprint. With a marked smudge imprint care is best. Over twenty years I have seen people wipe out expensive lenses with alcohol and even windex...

Comment #1

Tim, For telescope mirrors, the accepted practice is to use 50% distilled water and 50% isopropyl. I bought the alcohol at the local drug store, like everyone else. You are saying it contains something else. I wonder why that would be, and where then does one get the real stuff? Thanks, Mike..

Comment #2

Yes I have friiend with a mirror scope and this is what he uses along with a tiny bit of very diluted dish detergent. I was just being cautious since I have seen someone damage the anitglare coating from the lens of 40000.00 Arriflex 16mm lens. (The school was not happy) "Some" drugstore alcohol brands contain other crud as additive. I think if you ask pharmacist you should be ok. Also if youve cleaned mirrors you know what your doing. Some people have sworn tap water or even good vodka works but just dont use on it any of my glass...

Comment #3

Ouch! Some lens! Well, Tim, I did ask my pharmacist, and I kid you not, he did not know what isopropyl was until my wife said "rubbing alcohol". So I won't take his word about the quality of the stuff! And I now have my doubts about those pills he gave me!!! Anyway, for Mike B's benefit, the isopropyl, as I understand it, is only there to help the water evaporate so you don't have to dry (and possibly damage) the lens. I have not cleaned my mirror (yet) because I've been too chicken about doing some damage. That's why I also asked a lot of questions! Cheers, Mike..

Comment #4

Use toilette paper it works great you dont need any solvent just the dry toilette paper will do the job make sure it's soft though and none of the cheap stuff either you don't want it to leave the little white flakes all over your camera...

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