How to Clean a Camera Lens


How to Clean a Camera Lens. Professional camera cleaning is expensive
and usually more than you need. Follow these simple steps to keep your lenses
clear and smudge-free. You will need A blower brush or ear syringe
A camel hair lens brush A lens cloth or tissue and lens cleaner. Step 1. Use a blower brush to remove dust and dirt. If you don’t have a blower brush, use an ear
syringe. Next, brush the lens with a camel hair lens
brush. Step 2. Breathe on the lens; then wipe off smudges
with a lens cloth or lens tissue. If that doesn’t work, put a drop of lens
cleaner on the cloth and try again. Wipe gently in a circular motion, working
outward from the center. A microfiber lens cloth can be hand washed
without detergent and reused. A lens tissue can be used only once. Step 3. Clean the rear lens element, as well as filters
and lens caps to avoid transferring dust to the lens. Do not use rubbing alcohol or eyeglass tissues
to clean a lens. Each contains added chemicals that can damage
or leave a coating on the lens. Step 4. Clean your lenses as seldom as possible. Every time you clean a lens you risk scratching
it or damaging its coating. Always store your camera in a case with the
lens cap on. Did you know Did you know? The first photograph, taken in 1826 in France,
required an eight-hour exposure.

60 comments

  • SJCJ

    4th but who cares

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  • Nadav Geva

    5th

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  • Andrew Gaul

    Always buy a clear filter to put over the front of your lens, this will save you from having to clean the actual lens. Much easier to swallow the cost of a $10 filter vs. a $300 lens…

    For the camera-facing part of the lens, minimize exposure to anything but the camera or a dust cap.

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  • Andrew Gaul

    Also, use forced air whenever possible (canned air), instead of brushes and cloths.

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  • qwertz4you

    5th guy who gave ya a thumb down.

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  • Chad Warden

    These helpful tips are ballin' as fuck.

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  • Jerkwaad

    if i could suck any dick it'd be Howcast's!

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  • Xxkitty94xX

    i want a camera..

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  • Ilovethegoldenhour

    i have a can of air and it says do not use on camera mirrors or lenses.i never cleaned my camera had it for a year.i guess i don't want it to get sratched.but i do have an old digital from 5 years ago and all the sudden it said lense error.this happened when i was at the beach a year ago.tried using can of air nothign helped.

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  • helen victoria

    this video is probably for people who take photographs for a living

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  • alvinsok

    where am i gonna get camel hair ?!

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  • WestCoastChiica

    My camera broke :[[[

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  • burningface

    There are some good tips here BUT… you should not breathe on the lens. Just use lens cleaner. The moisture in our mouths can carry bacteria that you may not completely remove with the cloth. Lens cleaner is safer in this respect. Also you should hold your lens upside down when blowing out dust or brushing. This way gravity can help you out too. AND if you're cleaning the inside of your camera you don't run the risk of dust being blown back into the body (which can really screw things up).

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  • Cody Bonger

    this is a good video also you can buy a lens filter

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  • Joseph M

    how about a Cat hair?

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  • WestCoastChiica

    Get a life. Thank you.

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  • SOULREAVER

    I have to keep it clean! . . . . thats what she said :S

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  • zsyrinx

    As mentioned time and time again in comments, one should NEVER breathe on the lens.

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  • Lauro Gallardo

    @burningface sure, i use to do that and in all my photos i could clearly see the bacteria having fun on the lens

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  • theteeway

    thanks 🙂

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  • SoftyChicken

    what about windex?

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  • Steven B2

    the video was worth watching just because of the interesting fact at the end. thanks!

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  • burningface

    @starfoxacefox I think, based on the comments, more people tend to agree with me. But hey, if you've had success for "20 years" you must have the lucky touch. Or the cleanest mouth. What kind of lenses do you use that can sustain so much abuse? The bottom of coke bottles?

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  • darthpy

    8 hrs exposure lol….

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  • Bradley Nilsen

    @BreakingBX Your camera lens will bet so messed up in a few years

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  • たっくん

    lol ear syringe

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  • rawrenced

    no. i did not know that
    thank you howcast

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  • Gabriel Carrier

    7 people can't clean theire camera…

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  • Simon Nemeth

    I find that just an ordinary dry lens tissue can be good enough in most cases.

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  • artlover646

    @shobin05 HAHAHAHAH

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  • Rohun Kumar

    sounds like 'so long goodbye' by sum 41 as the backing track 😛

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  • abysmalcretin

    @Shaykherr regardless, you shouldn't blow on a lens because moisture condenses on the glass element. Moisture and lenses are a bad combination because it can provide the conditions for fungus to grow on the glass. I don't know if you have ever seen a bad fungus infestation on a lens, but it's a sorry sight. Much better to use proper lens fluid which evaporates quickly without leaving moisture.

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  • Nathan Meredith

    Ok so i used a wet wipe type thing that supposedley wasnt going to leave any residue.. guess what? it left tiny hair looking things on the lens -.- they wont blow off or wipe off and im worried that it might break my camera if they stay there. So far the picture quailty hasnt changed much but it is starting to focus weirdly. Don't really have money to buy anything… any suggestions on what to do?

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  • ArcanePath360

    @Shaykherr yes, we have immunity to stop them multiplying, the glass on the lens doesn't. It is smaller than the eye can see at first, but left to multiply…. well, we know how this story ends.

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  • JohnAbroBoi

    thnx now my camera is as good as new haha (only with some holes because I dropped it a few times, is there a fix for it XD).

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  • BerkeleyBuilt

    i forgot my lens cloth, i used my t shirt am i screwed?

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  • John Nguyen

    @IamNoble7 Use a lenspen. After buying one, I've never gone back to microfiber cloths.

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  • 忍者猫 i n t e r n e t u s e r

    @BerkeleyBuilt your not screwed but your camera is

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  • Prod. Esayas

    My dirty ass camera salutes you

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  • K3ZMusic

    lol "do not use rubbing alcohol" -peroxide bottle in the background-

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  • Doctor Lettuce

    thanks so much, I thought I had to get a new lens on a camera I just bought, turns out i didn't thought. really helpful.

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  • TT01RCDrift

    0:59 Wow, really!?!? Another video just told me to use rubbing alcohol……

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  • morgoth

    a $10 filter is going to degrade your IQ a lot more than a little dust on your lens…

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  • Aji blackstone

    thank you for the video

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  • FrickinCherryPickin

    You had to take the smosh symbol..lol

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  • Jackson C

    how do you clean the other side of the removable lens?

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  • Dirthouse Productions

    Don't worry, I never bread on my lense

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  • MORATHEKID

    It's possible that the dot you talk about is not in your lens but in your sensor, try changing your lens and if still appears for sure it's in your sensor if not it can also be dust INSIDE your lens.

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  • Josph Martin

    Shit I used alcohol

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  • yogini108

    827

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  • Paul Wu

    Next time, do not use loud music for tutorials! Tutorial is supposed to be clear

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  • Hira9612

    my lens cleaning fluid drys on my lens, is this normal or is the quality of the fluid not good??

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  • bucketak

    the title must be "How to Damage a Camera Lens"

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  • Andrea Patane

    Serious business when it comes to cleaning camera lenses.

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  • Tommy T

    You recommended breathing on it? jesus

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  • BeefJerky4104

    You recommend breathing on the lens but not rubbing alcohol? You realize lens cleaner is just rubbing alcohol right?

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  • Giang Vu

    I don't think breathing on the lens is a good idea. Eyeglasses cleaning solution should be just fine for camera lenses.

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  • Evan Bailey

    Why is this crappy video even on the internet, the first thing you never do is "breath on the lens" it introduces acids to the lens coatings lol,

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  • TheDragonfriday

    Thank you, this video is very helpful. Now I can clean my VR headset without worrying getting a scratch.

    I got myself the cleaning kit that comes with a replacement covers. It didn’t have instructions beside providing me these stuff. Now I know it’s easy to clean it.

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  • Doyle Sanders

    This is nick picking of course, but the lens brush used for cleaning a lens is not a Camel Hair Brush but a Camel's Hair Brush, the inventors last name was Camel; actual camel hair is curly.

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