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How to Clean Your Camera

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Cleaning your camera will ensure it stays in the best shape possible. It will also keep dirt from building up that can appear on your pictures and ruin them.

But there are certain parts of the camera that can’t be cleaned. And there are certain solutions that aren’t safe for the camera. So, which should you be using and which should you be avoiding? This article will explain it all.

The Lens

The lens is the most important part of the camera to clean. It’s also the most sensitive. Here are the steps you will want to take to ensure it’s free of dirt and dust.

  1. Use a Rocket Blower: The rocket blower will blow out air to remove large pieces of dust. It’s preferable to a cloth that can drag dirt over the lens and scratch it.

  2. Use a Lens Pen: A lens pen will remove any specs of dirt that remain after the rocket blower was used. Gently run it over the lens to clean it. If you don’t have a lens pen, a makeup brush will work just as well. After using the pen, you may want to follow up with the blower again.

  3. Clean the Glass: Now that the lens is free of debris, run over it with the cleaning end of the lens pen. This will remove marks that may be left on the lens. Use a circular motion working around the lens until all marks have been removed. You may have to repeat this step several times until it’s clean. If you don’t have a lens pen, a microfiber cloth will do. After all marks are cleaned off, you may want to use the blower again.

  4. Get Rid of Stubborn Marks: If there are stubborn marks on the lens, you can clean them with pre-moistened wipes. Work your way around the lens using the same circular motion described in step 3. Then follow up with the microfiber cloth.

  5. Clean the Lens Cap: The lens cap should also be cleaned. This will keep it from getting the lens dirty. It can be cleaned with the blower and paintbrush.

  6. Clean the Rear Element: The rear element is the part of the lens that goes inside the camera. It shouldn’t be too dirty being that it stays inside the camera, but dust can fall on it when you’re changing lenses and that dust can fall on the sensor. A quick once over with the blower should remove any dust. Follow up with a wipe from the microfiber cloth.

  7. Clean the Outside of the Lens: The outside of the lens can be cleaned with a paintbrush. Then wipe the entire area with a Tek towel.

The Camera

The camera is much easier to clean than the lens. Here are the steps you’ll want to take.

  1. Clean the Outside of the Camera: The outside of the camera can be cleaned with a paintbrush followed by a thorough towel wipe. Make sure all elements are clean including the viewfinder, screen, mounts, and contacts. While the body cap is off, you may also want to use the blower to remove any dust inside the camera. Do this with the camera mount facing down to keep dust from re-entering and take care not to blow too much pressure into the camera.

  2. Sensor: While some people clean their own sensors, this is not recommended. If you have issues with your sensor, you’re best off taking it to a professional.

  3. Filters: If you use filters, you should clean them as well. Start with your hand blower and follow up with a premoistened wipe. That should do the trick.

Your camera will function at its best if it's nice and clean. Now that you know how to remove dust and debris, you can look forward to a camera you can count on and terrific-looking pictures. What cleaning tips do you have to share?

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