Keep Your Cameras and Lenses Clean

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“A clean camera is a happy camera”—Joe Farace

Camera Care Week continues with a look at something that’s in all of my camera bags and backpacks…

I’ve been using LensPen products for a long time, for almost all of the twenty-five years they’ve been in production, and really do keep one in each of my camera bags. Yup, for 25 years LensPens have been helping me and other photographers keep their cameras, binoculars and lenses clean.

Yes, LensPen is a sponsor of this and my other blog but I’ve been using their products long before this website was launched, back when I was still shooting with Nikon film cameras. They are a sponsor because I like, use and believe in their products.

As digital imaging replaced film, LensPen introduced models that were specifically designed to clean LCD screens, compact camera lenses, viewfinders and filters. Since we car photographers exist in a world where we don’t let the weather or track conditions get in the way of making the best possible shot* and many times these realities can enhance our images, having a LensPen handy is more than a good idea.

Which LensPen? Why not start with their Photo-Pro Kit ($34.95) that includes everything digal (and film too) photographers need to keep their lenses, viewfinders and filters clean. Here’s what’s in the kit:

  1. An original LensPen that I use to remove grease and fingerprints from lenses on my DSLR and Micro Four-thirds cameras.
  2. The FilterKlear has a flat, round cleaning tip that’s designed to clean (surprise) lens filters
  3. The MicroPro has a smaller cleaning tip that’s useful for cleaning eyepieces and tiny lenses (think smartphones.)
  4. The kit also includes a handy microfiber carrying pouch which doubles as a cloth for other cleaning applications!

Both the Original LensPen and it’s various cousins clean in two easy steps. You use the retractable natural brush to remove any loose dust. If any fingerprints remain, you twist the cap off the other end and use the carbon-impregnated cleaning tip to clean the lens. The carbon compound that’s used in LensPen products is similar to one that’s found in printer’s ink.

The twist-action cap is important for two reasons: it re-charges the carbon compound on the cleaning tip and it ensures that the cap won’t pop off in a pocket or camera bag.

LensPen products are environmentally friendly and safe to use. There’s no expiration date and they perform well in arctic cold and desert heat.

*LensPen has kindly donated a few of these kits to be used as prizes in our upcoming photo contest for pictures of cars. Details soon. Thanks to LensPen for their kind donation.