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How to clean a camera lens

If you own a camera and have found your way onto this page, chances are your lens (or lenses) is overdue a clean. 

When it comes to more delicate parts of your camera, like the sensor and the optical surfaces inside the lens, it’s probably best to send your kit off to a professional. Brands like Canon and Nikon often offer services for this. 

However, while still delicate, the outside of your camera lens is something you can easily clean yourself with the right tools.

We’ve put together this guide to show you how to remove dust, dirt and smudges from your camera lens safely using a couple of tools.

What you’ll need: 

  • A camera lens 
  • A blower or soft-bristled brush 
  • A lens tissue or cleaning cloth 
  • Lens cleaning solution 

The Short Version 

  1. Remove dust using a blower 
  2. Apply a lens cleaning solution to a lens tissue or cleaning cloth 
  3. Gently wipe the lens clean using a circular motion

  1. Step

    Remove dust using a blower

    You can also use a soft-bristled brush designed to clean lenses or blow on the lens with your mouth. Just be careful doing the latter, as you don’t want to get the lens wet or dirtier. How to clean a camera lens

  2. Step

    Grab a lens tissue or a microfibre cleaning cloth and apply a lens cleaning solution

    You should never spray the lens cleaning solution directly on the lens as this could cause streaks or even water damage. How to clean a camera lens

  3. Step

    Gently wipe the lens clean

    Use circular motions, beginning in the centre of the lens and gradually moving outward. How to clean a camera lens


How to protect your camera lens from dirt

If you’re nervous about cleaning your lenses for fear of causing damage, you might want to consider picking up a protection lens filter to cover your lens. You can then simply clean the filter as you would a regular lens. 

How to clean a camera lens that has gotten wet

If you’ve found yourself caught in the rain during a shoot, you can dry your lens using a dry microfiber cloth. If the rain is particularly heavy, it’s also worth switching the camera off and waiting for it to dry completely before using it again.

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