At my hotel in Mumbai... recommended way to clean my camera lens?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by spaceballl, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. spaceballl macrumors 68030

    spaceballl

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    I would love to walk down to the corner store and pick up a lens cleaning kit, but for those of you who have been here, you know that isn't really possible...

    is there any way to do an okay clean job with a t-shirt? What if it is damp? Please advise - i'm about ready to go out exploring for the day, and I'd like my lens as good and fixed up as i can get it before i leave!

    Also, if it fogs up during the day, which it likely will, what is the best quick remedy? THANKS!
     
  2. agtoau macrumors member

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    Spaceball,

    You went to India - a high dust, high humidity environment - with no cleaning materials?

    I recommend going to one of the opticians store (there are many - Zeiss might be in your neighborhood even) and asking them for lens cloth. That shouldn't be hard. Ask your hotel staff for the nearest place.
     
  3. agtoau macrumors member

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    If you are going to be traveling in an air-conditioned car (which you will, since the summer heat is going to kill you otherwise) ask the driver to tone down the AC (you might even want to specify the temps, say 26 degrees C) so that when you step out the condensation is minimal.
     
  4. gnd macrumors 6502a

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    When you bring the camera and lenses from cold to hot environment you need to make this transition as smooth for the equipment as possible. I always keep my camera in my camera bag until it warms up, otherwise the cold air inside the camera might condensate. Granted, this is more important in the winter, but even going from 20C air conditioned room with very dry air to 40C and 90% humidity might be problematic.
     
  5. Gold89 macrumors 6502

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    This. Alternatively find a chemist and buy rubbing alcohol/surgical spirit and some lint free cloths. :)
     
  6. admwright macrumors regular

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    Absolutely, and the humidity does not need to be that high for condensation. I had this happen to me in Dubai coming out of the A/C hotel and walking down the main street, everything on the camera fogged up. Luckily leaving it to settle and dry out all was OK.

    All the best
    Andrew W.
     

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