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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:01 pm 
Hi All

Had my first chance to properely use my new D80 last week. Took a trip down to Valencia, and did some shots of The Americas Cup. Haven't had time to sort them yet...watch this space.

Anyways... On my return I notice that my lens is looking a little dirty (front element). Today i took delivery of a B+W UV filter which I intend to leave on the front more or less permanently. Obviously before fitting the filter i want to get the lens as spotless as possible.

I've tried cleaning the lens by first Gittos rocket blower, then breathing on it, followed by gently rubbing in a circular motion with a lens cloth (from a pair of spectacles). This has done a reasonable job but if you look hard there are still a few smears.

Can anyone recommend any improvements on this method?

BTW, I also got a B+W circ Kaesman polarizer. Do I screw this on top of the UV filter when I need it, or remove the UV first?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Thomas - B4 you say it, I'll sort out my signature soon honest!!

cheers

Tony


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:10 pm 
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Hi Tony

What did you think of Valencia? Pretty impressive eh? We were there a couple of years ago while most of the new development was still going on and I have to say I thought the new buildings were awesome.

Anyway, I have never had to clean the front element other than the occasional blast with a blower but I clean my filters a lot and for that I use 'FastGlass' and a lens cloth.

You should remove the UV filter before using a polarizer. Otherwise you'll have to deal with vignetting. I've made that mistake before.

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Zorro

With a moniker like that I guess you'd be right at home in Valencia! :wink:

The regenerated port is looking amazing now. I'm not really a sailing fan, just fancied checking it out, but the buzz around the place was electric! The new opera house is breathtaking - was this complete when you visited? Superb!


I thought that might be the case with the double filter scenario - thanks for the tip.

Q: What is fastglass and where can I buy some? Apologies if this sounds like a dumb question, but I'm new to this game...

cheers
Tony

Ps I'll be up on the North coast (based in Bettyhill) for a distillery tour in about 2 weeks time - I wonder if there's such a thing as an IS (imbibement stabilisation) lens??! :?


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I'm not sure whether my method is recommended. But I use the same with my glasses:
- Hold the lens down
- wet your fingers with warm water
- apply a little (!) detergent
- rub the front lens gently (!) with your fingers
- rinse with warm water by splashing the water with your fingers on the front lens
- take a clean towels to wipe the lens dry
- screw on the lens-hood and let the lens dry completely by letting it stand on the lenshood for a good few hours

Afterwards I screw the UV-filter back on and hope never to use this method again.

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