Working with high end kit, especially cameras, can be a nerve-racking experience. Holding a £25,000 + camera in your hands can feel like holding the weight of your creative and financial livelihood. At BorrowFox we understand the necessity of taking care of equipment. Even the simplest of tasks, like cleaning a lens, can feel daunting when working with expensive equipment. That’s why we’ve created a list of cleaning tips to give our users some piece of mind when it comes to camera cleaning techniques.
When it comes to lens cleaning, less is always more. It may seem like common sense, but it is a common mistake to over clean lenses. While occasional cleaning is certainly necessary, every time you do need to clean there is a risk of scratching or damaging the sensitive lens components.
With that being said, unless you can somehow keep your equipment in a vacuum sealed room with no dust or foreign contaminants, your lenses will get dirty. Dust and smudges are going to accumulate and it can easily effect the quality of your photos or videos.
The first step is to clean the front and rear elements of the lens. Before using a cloth and lens cleaner, the elements might only need a quick dust off that you can achieve through a blower bulb. The blower bulb gently, and effectively, clears dust off the lens and, in many cases, is enough to clean the elements well enough that no further steps are needed.
If the lens is still dirty after using a blower bulb, simply put a small amount of lens cleaner on a microfiber cloth and carefully rub the lens in small circles.
These two steps should be enough to clean off the dust and grime that accumulates on the lens through normal use. To clean the outside of the lens, specifically the zoom and focus rings, you can use a soft bristled toothbrush to dislodge any dirt trapped between the rings.
With these simple steps, your expensive lenses can consistently feel brand new. If you remember to be gentle and careful with your equipment, there is no reason they will not last in great working condition for a long time.