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    Rick_Huggins
    10 Feb 2010 - 4:44 PM

    I managed to get caught with some wave vapour whilst down at Dungeness; the crystals have dried on the lens of my 18-70, any recommendations on how to clean it up please?

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    rowarrior
    rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Feb 2010 - 5:45 PM

    lens cleaner

    RogBrown
    RogBrown  72996 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Feb 2010 - 5:48 PM

    Brillo pad.

    cameracat
    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Feb 2010 - 6:16 PM

    A light spray mist of clean warm water to dissolve the crystals, Then Carefully dry with a soft tissue.

    Then as KT has suggested a clean with regular lens fluid.

    Had a similar incident.....Wink


    Quote: Brillo pad

    For the really stubborn stuff, Rog's suggestion might work, But only rub lightly in circular motions.....Smile

    Last Modified By cameracat at 10 Feb 2010 - 6:17 PM
    Rick_Huggins
    10 Feb 2010 - 7:41 PM

    Thanks

    Rick_Huggins
    10 Feb 2010 - 9:15 PM


    Quote: Brillo pad.

    Angle grinder worked a treat, cheers

    SuziBlue
    SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Feb 2010 - 9:42 PM

    I find that a good shake of Vim and a scrub with a wire brush works a treat. Or, take the lens off and stick it on a hot wash (just water - no powder of course cos you don't want to damage it), then in a hot oven for half an hour to dry it off.

    HTH

    rowarrior
    rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Feb 2010 - 9:52 PM

    Silly Suzi, it's the dishwasher all the way, washed and steamed in a oner!

    SuziBlue
    SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
    10 Feb 2010 - 9:58 PM

    DOH! Must try that sometime. See, I don't have a dishwasher so the idea never occurred. It would be in the bowl with the Vim and the wire brush.

    8-]

    Incidentally - can anyone help with scratched and cloudy images? Will noise software help d'ya think? and a bit of spotting?

    discreetphoton
    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Feb 2010 - 12:26 AM

    I find that a quick rinse in a highland stream, followed by a spell on a radiator, does wonders for my lenses.

    User_Removed
    11 Feb 2010 - 5:44 AM

    Just leave it on the lens... Saves a fortune in Lee ND filters

    montechoro
    montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Feb 2010 - 5:52 AM

    Can I just comment that there is a clear divide here.

    The boys want to use their toys like angle grinders and wire wool - or simply do nothing, don't clean it and leave it as it is.

    The girls suggest dishwashers, Vim, ovens and other household cleaners.

    Is there a pattern emerging?

    SuziBlue
    SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Feb 2010 - 8:23 AM


    Quote: Can I just comment that there is a clear divide here.

    The boys want to use their toys like angle grinders and wire wool - or simply do nothing, don't clean it and leave it as it is.

    The girls suggest dishwashers, Vim, ovens and other household cleaners.

    Is there a pattern emerging?

    Ever tried wire wool or an angle grinder on the laundry? It doesn't work ... 8-]

    snigger

    lobsterboy
    lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014008 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Feb 2010 - 8:45 AM

    I find the best way is to:

    get up early in the morning, whist there is still mist in the air, and head towards a field of sheep.
    Find a nice looking, slightly damp sheep.

    Approach from behind, so as not to scare it. Grasp the sheep firmly and rub your filters in a regular forward and back motion to remove any muck from them.

    And that's what I was doing officer.

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