Our very own photographic expert Gunther Swart demonstrates how, with the help of a few handy tools, you can safely and effectively clean your DSLR in the comfort of your own home.
Cleaning your lens
Start off by cleaning your lens. Use a dry lens pen to remove any finger marks or dust off the lens. The one side is a retractable brush to dust off excess dirt and the other side has a soft, 13mm velvet tip that thoroughly cleans without scratching. The tip is treated with activated carbon powder to removes dirt without scratching the surface or leaving any sticky residue. After polishing the lens, the excess carbon powder can be removed with the brush. It is perfect for cleaning camera and binocular lenses, small aperture spotting scopes and telescopes, eyepieces and other optical items. Lenspens are good for an average of 500 uses before replacement is necessary.
Cleaning your camera
Next, it’s time to clean your camera body and a dust blower is a good place to start. Manufactured from a specially formulated silica gel and reinforced parts to ensure durability and ease of use, the Badger Blast air blower has a one-way intake valve that takes in clean air from the rear of the blower thereby preventing dust-contaminated air being sucked in from the tip of the blower. It’s a versatile cleaner, useful for cleaning optical lenses, lens filters, camera bodies, video camera lenses and bodies, laptop screens and keyboards and many other digital gadgets.
Cleaning Tip: Quicker squeezes will create a stronger blast. For best results, blow air from a side angle rather than straight from the top.
Now, dispense several lens fluid drops onto a clean, folded microfibre cloth and lightly wipe the surface in a single direction. Refold the cloth to expose a clean side and re-wipe as necessary. It dries as quickly as it is applied, leaving absolutely no residue and removing hazy swirls. Refold the cloth to expose a clean side and re-wipe as necessary.
Microfibre lens cloths are made of very soft fine fabric that won’t damage any delicate camera or lens surfaces. It’s perfect for safely removing finger marks or dust from optical surfaces such as front lens elements, camera LCDs and even your phone or computer screens.
Cleaning your camera sensor
Now, it’s time to clean the sensor. Use a magnifying glass to see inside your camera. The 5x Eyelead magnifying glass has 8 low consumption LEDs to help you carry out this delicate operation.
Now that you can see, safely remove dust from your camera’s sensor with a gel stick. The tip of an Eyelead gel stick has a dust-sticking rubber head that lets you effectively clean the sensor of your camera without leaving any traces or marks at all. It is safe for use with a DSLR optical sensor, optical lens and other optical devices and to clean the dead angle. The 10 adhesive cleaning papers that come with the dust-sticking brush will allow you to re-use the gel stick up to 100 times before losing its effectiveness. To clean the gel stick, simply dab the head of the gel stick on the sticky cleaning paper, which removes all the dust particles from the rubber head.
Finally, use a sensor swab, together with sensor cleaning solution, to clean those delicate, hard-to-reach optical and imaging surfaces. These swabs are clean room manufactured and sealed, allowing you to remove fingerprints, dust or oil from the sensor or the corners of your camera. They may only be used once.
- For APS-H image sensor cameras, use the 20mm type 1 Sensor Swabs.
- For DX or APS-C image sensor cameras, use the 17mm Eyelead sensor cleaning stick.
- For full-frame sensor cameras, use the 24mm Eyelead sensor cleaning stick.