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You’ve Been Cleaning Your Camera All Wrong, Part 1: The Lens

Here’s how to do it right.

Fujifilm X-T1

Photo Credit: Wolfgang Lonien

Take good care of your camera and it’ll take good care of you. Keeping your camera clean will improve the quality of your photography and the lifespan of your camera. It’ll also save you money on sending your camera off for professional cleaning. All digital cameras, except for the very cheapest models, should last for many years if cared for and cleaned correctly.

However, cleaning expensive electronics isn’t easy, so it’s important that you do your research, invest in high-quality brand name cleaning products and practice on an older model first if possible. It should go without saying that if you don’t have a steady hand, don’t get cleaning fluid anywhere near your new £900 Fujifilm X-T1. In fact if you don’t have a steady hand, you should really get yourself a Fujifilm X-T1 screen protector.

Cleaning the Lens

Our first aim is to remove fingerprints, dust or any other kind of dirt from the lens. This can be done in four steps:

1. Use an air blower to remove the majority of the dust. Canned air can blow dust inside the lens, so unless your digital camera is air tight, you’ll want to do it the old-fashioned way.

2. Get hold of a lens cleaning brush, which should have very soft bristles to avoid damaging the lens. Gently brush in circular motions and make sure to be very thorough.

3. You may need to use an air blower again to remove the last of the dust. It’s important to remove all of the dust and dirt before using a cloth on your lens, otherwise you may end up damaging your camera by rubbing it into the lens.

4. Take your finger, place it in the middle of your soft microfiber cloth, and wrap the cloth around your finger. Put one or two drops of cleaning fluid onto your cloth and again, using gentle circular motions, clean the lens.

That’s it, your lens should look as good as new. It’s also a great idea to store your camera correctly to reduce the need for cleaning. You should be storing your camera in a dry, but not dusty environment, with packets of silica gel to prevent condensation, and a camera screen protector to prevent scratches.

Now you’ve got your lens looking spiffy, you’ll be wanting to know how to clean your camera’s body and sensor. No fear, our next blog has got it covered. If you have any specific camera cleaning tips or questions, leave a comment and let us know!

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