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Jul 28, 2021 19:30:28   #
plumbbob1
 
I was just told by my optometrist not to clean glasses with Nikon alcohol wipes. Should that also apply to camera lenses?

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Jul 28, 2021 19:37:16   #
Thomas902 Loc: Washington DC
 
Only clean your optics with a solvent when a Rocket blower or soft brush doesn't accomplish the task.
Modern optics typically have special coatings to counter flare, glare etc.
These coatings can be damaged by strong solvents and aggressive frequent cleaning.

I've had excellent success with Zeiss Lens wipes which come precoated...
But I only use them are seriously soiled lenses...
Here is what Zeiss uses in their Lens Wipes...
https://www.zeiss.com/content/dam/Vision/Vision/International/Pdf/en/data-sheet-for-zeiss-lens-cleaning-wipes.pdf

btw, I also downloaded the OSA data sheet on Zeiss Liquid lens cleaner...
It is the most pricey alcoholic beverage ever put on the market...
The Zeiss Liquid lens cleaner is only 3% ethanol in an aqueous solution... Yep, that pretty pricey Vodka... lol

Hope this helps plumbbob1
All the best with your glasses and your photographic journey...

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Jul 28, 2021 20:06:53   #
RowdyRay Loc: MN
 
Let me guess....he/she suggested a BETTER alternative. One that he/she profited from. NONE of them are a good idea. As a person that has worn glasses for 50 years, it's better than nothing at all. If my choice is an alcohol wipe or rinsing in a muddy river.......

There are a ton of videos on how to properly clean camera lenses. Do I have alcohol wipes in my bag? Yes, for those stupid emergencies. Things just happen. I'm still a boy scout.

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Jul 28, 2021 22:12:40   #
wjones8637 Loc: Burleson, TX
 
Thomas902 wrote:
Only clean your optics with a solvent when a Rocket blower or soft brush doesn't accomplish the task.
Modern optics typically have special coatings to counter flare, glare etc.
These coatings can be damaged by strong solvents and aggressive frequent cleaning.

I've had excellent success with Zeiss Lens wipes which come precoated...
But I only use them are seriously soiled lenses...
Here is what Zeiss uses in their Lens Wipes...
https://www.zeiss.com/content/dam/Vision/Vision/International/Pdf/en/data-sheet-for-zeiss-lens-cleaning-wipes.pdf
Interesting that the English and several others list fewer ingredients than quite a few others that also contain C 10-16 alkyl....... that I’m sure are surfactants (Think “detergents”) along with perfluroalkyl ether that might be.
btw, I also downloaded the OSA data sheet on Zeiss Liquid lens cleaner...
It is the most pricey alcoholic beverage ever put on the market...
The Zeiss Liquid lens cleaner is only 3% ethanol in an aqueous solution... Yep, that pretty pricey Vodka... lol

Hope this helps plumbbob1
All the best with your glasses and your photographic journey...
Only clean your optics with a solvent when a Rocke... (show quote)

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Jul 29, 2021 06:04:08   #
Jerry G Loc: Waterford, Michigan
 
I have to wonder how likely it be for Nikon to sell something to clean lenses that would damage an $8000 lens.

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Jul 29, 2021 07:48:41   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
plumbbob1 wrote:
I was just told by my optometrist not to clean glasses with Nikon alcohol wipes. Should that also apply to camera lenses?


I use these, which might be the same.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1350132-REG/zeiss_2203_468_pre_moistened_cleaning_cloths_box.html?sts=pi&pim=Y

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Jul 29, 2021 08:14:06   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Of course, I agree with Thomas's conservative suggestions... but there are happenings where we are not equipped to do the right thing. This is when having a low-cost UV or Clear filter attached to the lens is worthwhile; one can blow your breath on the lens filter and wipe with the edge of your T-shirt. Sounds crude and it is, but better than missing a one-chance photo.

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Jul 29, 2021 08:17:14   #
ELNikkor
 
My breath and a Kleenex...

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Jul 29, 2021 08:28:29   #
WJShaheen Loc: Gold Canyon, AZ
 
ELNikkor wrote:
My breath and a Kleenex...


My understanding is you don't use paper bases products. Over time, they can scratch the coatings.

Zeiss lens wipes from Walmart, for me.

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Jul 29, 2021 08:43:59   #
boberic Loc: Quiet Corner, Connecticut. Ex long Islander
 
RowdyRay wrote:
Let me guess....he/she suggested a BETTER alternative. One that he/she profited from. NONE of them are a good idea. As a person that has worn glasses for 50 years, it's better than nothing at all. If my choice is an alcohol wipe or rinsing in a muddy river.......

There are a ton of videos on how to properly clean camera lenses. Do I have alcohol wipes in my bag? Yes, for those stupid emergencies. Things just happen. I'm still a boy scout.


Be repaired????

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Jul 29, 2021 08:46:08   #
Jack B Loc: Mount Pleasant, SC
 
When necessary, mine are ordered from B&H by the box. A photo brush is used first when necessary.
Jack B

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Jul 29, 2021 08:56:55   #
markngolf Loc: Bridgewater, NJ
 
plumbbob1 wrote:
I was just told by my optometrist not to clean glasses with Nikon alcohol wipes. Should that also apply to camera lenses?


I have always used the microfiber cloths given to me by my optometrist.
Mark

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Jul 29, 2021 09:00:23   #
Peteso
 
This is one of the reasons that militate in favor of using clear, high quality filters on lenses. If a filter gets scratched, just throw it away and get a new one…and spare damage to your lenses. There have been several discussions on UHH about clear filters, but I and my peers have never noticed any issues with image quality caused by clear filters.

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Jul 29, 2021 09:08:58   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I avoid alcohol to clean any lenses. Water has worked fine so far. I don't mean using a dishwasher, just a damp cloth.

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Jul 29, 2021 09:11:40   #
frankraney Loc: Clovis, Ca. For the last 50 years.
 
plumbbob1 wrote:
I was just told by my optometrist not to clean glasses with Nikon alcohol wipes. Should that also apply to camera lenses?


Did he mention an alternative? When I go to the eye Dr. They ALWAYS spray my plastic lenses with a solution, and wipe with a tissue or soft cloth. The solution has alcohol in it.

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