A Clean Camera is a Happy Camera

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

AS many of you might know, I’m a sort-of automobile enthusiast. Once upon a time, one of my car friends  told me he believed that a clean car ran better and faster than a dirty one and while on the face of it that doesn’t seem likely, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. I feel the same way about clean cameras, which is why I use LensPen products on my camera lenses, LCDs and viewfinders to clean dust and smudges that appear seemingly out of nowhere. Yes, Lenspen is an advertiser but I’ve been using their products for more than twenty years and keep one in each of my camera bags.

When attending a photo walk at California’s Mission San Antonio de Padua a few years ago (above photo) one of the attendees saw me using a LensPen and before long almost everyone in attendance has borrowed it to clean their lenses. Good thing it can be used for more than 500 cleanings.

LensPen’s OutdoorPro Kit ($34.95) includes an Original LensPen to clean the lenses on your mirrorless or DSLR cameras, binoculars and spotting scopes; MiniPro for cleaning action camera lenses; FogKlear anti-fog cloth; MicroKlear microfiber cloth and a nylon case that fits on your belt or, in my case, inside my camera bag.

The Original LensPen and MiniPro cleans your lenses in two steps. First, use the retractable natural brush to remove any loose dust. If smudges remain, twist the cap off on the other end and use the carbon-infused cleaning tip to clean the lens. Viola, clean lens.

Knockoff alert: The cleaning tip used on LensPen products have a unique carbon compound that’s designed to remove fingerprints and assorted schmootz. Imitations and fake copies of LensPen products sometimes have nothing on the cleaning tip and can damage the lens and LCD surfaces they are meant to clean!

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Barry Staver along with myself are co-authors of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s out-of-print with new copies available from Amazon for $15.24 or used copies for giveaway prices, only $6.75, as I write this and while the book is a few years old it has plenty of real-world tips.