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Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul is a group administrator Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul says:

How do you clean tough spots off of your lenses? I have what I think are water spots on the inside of both of my lenses and I am afraid to wipe them with anything because I don't want to scratch them.
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer is a group administrator Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer says:

Get a micro fiber cloth. First photo should have them.
Use the cloth and your breath. Works great.
I wouldn't use anything else for fear of scratching the lens's multi-coating.
I have read it is a good idea to stay away from lens cleaning solutions.
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Hambone Lewinski is a group administrator Hambone Lewinski says:

Here's my procedure:

0) I use compressed air to blow off any dust.
1) I soak a piece of toilet paper in lens cleaner and use it to "mop up" any additional dust.
3) I wet my dust-free lens coth (kept in a ziplock bag to keep it dust-free!) and use it to scrub out any marks or smudges.
4) Dry with lens cloth.
5) Screw a 1A or Skylight filter on over the lens so I don't accidentally smudge or scratch my front element!

The last step is super important -- all my gear is previously used and it all has only been washed once; when I received it. Fewer cleanings is a good thing!

I've removed and cleaned the front and rear elements on my best lenses as well. Don't ever remove any elements of your lenses without wearing cotton gloves.

Keep in mind that scratches, marks and smudges on the front element of your lens are rarely visible in a photo. Usually, at worst they will cause lens flare in the right light. You really don't need to (and shouldn't!) clean your lenses very often unless you have to. Excessive cleaning can leave "cleaning marks"... tiny scratches in the coating that, like smudges, cause lens flare.

Jason
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Karl W. is a group moderator Karl W. says:

That reminds me, I really should get uv filter for my lens. I've been putting it off because I haven't been sure what filters are good quality and what not.
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