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MOST USEFUL DSLR ACCESSORIES … cleaning equipment, care & common sense

A mischievous guide by Antoine De Bent

Well, common sense should immediately disqualify me as an expert in this particular field; I have over 30 years’ experience within the photo industry, I know all the pitfalls, all the things not to do, all the things that others, more qualified, have decreed as improper, inappropriate or simply dumb arse.

Care of my equipment, that’s camera equipment; really is a subject that I can speak upon with much authority. I know how to care for cameras, I know how to care for others; my fourth wife will no doubt vouch for me, wherever she is.

The truth is, I’ve lost more camera equipment, through disrespect and lack of attention, than I’ve lost women; although, in all fairness, I don’t think you can lose camera equipment due to impotence! … Enough of my personal problems, let’s move on.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Zacro Professional 14-in-1 Camera Cleaning Kit for Optical Lens and Digital SLR Cameras Canon Rebel EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony Alpha NEX, iPad,Samsung NX & Fuji DSLR
216 Reviews
Zacro Professional 14-in-1 Camera Cleaning Kit for Optical Lens and Digital SLR Cameras Canon Rebel EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony Alpha NEX, iPad,Samsung NX & Fuji DSLR
  • Keep your camera clean and in pristine condition
  • Lens cleaning pen on two sides. Empty Reusable Fluid Spray Bottle is without cleaning fluid.
  • All-round cleaning tool:14 in 1 to meet your needs in every respect
  • Air blower is perfect for cleaning delicate lenses and camera elements
  • APS-C sensor cleaning swab designed for standard APS-C Camera sensor
Bestseller No. 2
Phot-R Professional Lens & Camera Cleaning Kit
278 Reviews
Phot-R Professional Lens & Camera Cleaning Kit
  • Professional Lens Cleaning Kit for lenses & Filters, Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Leica etc
  • Highly Efficient Cleaning System, 3 in 1 package including Air Blower, Brush and Micro Fibre lens cloth.
  • Safe for all optical lenses, including multicoated surfaces
Bestseller No. 3
Professional Camera Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony) including 1 Double Sided Lens Cleaning Pen / 1 Bottle of Alcohol Free Optical Lens Cleaning Fluid / 1 Booklet of 50 Sheets Lens Cleaning Tissue / 1 Lens Brush / 1 Air Blower / 5 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (with cleaning fluid)
1335 Reviews
Professional Camera Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony) including 1 Double Sided Lens Cleaning Pen / 1 Bottle of Alcohol Free Optical Lens Cleaning Fluid / 1 Booklet of 50 Sheets Lens Cleaning Tissue / 1 Lens Brush / 1 Air Blower / 5 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (with cleaning fluid)
  • A COMPREHENSIVE KIT FOR CLEANING YOUR DSLR CAMERA: This kit includes a variety of cleaning tools to make sure that your DSLR is always spotless and fully functional.
  • AIR BLOWER FOR REMOVING DUST DIRT: The air blower will direct a stream of air to blow away dirt and dust from your lenses or camera sensor.
  • RE-USABLE SPRAY BOTTLE WITH CLEANING FLUID: The spray bottle is filled with alcohol-free cleaning solution. Once you have used up all of the liquid, you can refill the bottle with the cleaning solution of your choice.
  • MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS AND LENS TISSUES: Both of these items can be used to gently remove dust and dirt from your lens.
  • DOUBLE SIDED LENS CLEANING PEN - TWO CLEANING OPTIONS IN ONE: This tool features a dust removal brush on one side and a special non-liquid cleaning element on the other side which is designed to never dry out.
SaleBestseller No. 4
EMIUP Photo Professional 15-in-1 Camera Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras and Sensitive Electronics (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony) with APS-C Sensor Cleaning Swabs
53 Reviews
EMIUP Photo Professional 15-in-1 Camera Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras and Sensitive Electronics (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony) with APS-C Sensor Cleaning Swabs
  • 15-in-1 comprehensive kit includes a variety of Cleaning tools to keep your DSLR is always spotless and fully functional.
  • APS-C sensor cleaning swab compatible with APS-C sensors design to absorb and sweep away invisible particles and smudges.
  • Double sided lens cleaning pen - dust removal brush on one side and a special non-liquid cleaning element on the other side which is designed to never dry out.
  • Extremely fine MagicFiber Microfiber are safe for all lenses. Never leaves zero scratches, streaks or marks.
  • The air blower will direct a stream of air to blow away dirt and dust from your lenses or camera sensor.
Bestseller No. 5
Camera Cleaning Kit for Optical Lens and Digital SLR Cameras including 1 Double Sided Lens Cleaning Pen / 1 Empty Reusable Spray Bottle / 1 Lens Brush / 1 Air Blower / 4 Premium Microfibre Cleaning Cloths - Compatible with Most Cameras including Canon Rebel EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony Alpha NEX, Samsung NX & Fuji DSLR
1335 Reviews
Camera Cleaning Kit for Optical Lens and Digital SLR Cameras including 1 Double Sided Lens Cleaning Pen / 1 Empty Reusable Spray Bottle / 1 Lens Brush / 1 Air Blower / 4 Premium Microfibre Cleaning Cloths - Compatible with Most Cameras including Canon Rebel EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony Alpha NEX, Samsung NX & Fuji DSLR
  • Great tools for keeping your camera clean and in pristine condition.
  • Double sided lens cleaning pen features a dust removal brush on one side and a special non-liquid cleaning element on the other side which is designed to never dry out.
  • Reusable spray bottle arrives empty, simply fill it with your favourite cleaning solution.
  • Air blower is perfect for cleaning delicate lenses and camera elements.
  • With Camkix retail packaging and one year guarantee.

Here are a few camera-care and lens cleaning products to consider:

THE MICRO FIBRE CLOTH

MY TOP RATED CLEANING PRODUCT

I’ve actually used this specific product! Bought these (Ex-Pro) cloths from Amazon, a couple of years ago. They really are incredibly good! Used them for my camera lenses, spectacles and, computer screen.

One of the few multipurpose materials I’d recommend; buy this one, simply because it’s good, inexpensive and blue!

 

 

 

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Lint Free Microfibre Exel Super Magic Cleaning Cloths For Polishing, Washing, Waxing And Dusting. Cleaning Accessories, Blue (Pack of 10)
708 Reviews
Lint Free Microfibre Exel Super Magic Cleaning Cloths For Polishing, Washing, Waxing And Dusting. Cleaning Accessories, Blue (Pack of 10)
  • Brand new 10 Pack of Exel Branded Premium Magic Cleaning Cloths
  • Can be washed time and time again and not lose quality. XL SIZE 40 x 40CM
  • These are Premium Quality Cloths unlike many other cheap Microfibre, we guarantee you contract quality.
  • Each cloth is individually branded Exel, a leading Microfibre manufacturer.
  • Can be used at the office, home, work place and even for industrial or professional uses. As these tiny microfibres work hard for you collecting dirt from any surface
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Microfibre Cleaning Cloths, 5 Pack in Blue, Super Soft Microfibre Dusters, Clay:Roberts Premium Fibre Cloths, Machine Washable, Antibacterial, Lint-Free, Microfiber Cloths Suitable for Homes, Kitchens, Cars, Motorbikes, Domestic, Industrial and Professional Cleaning.
681 Reviews
Microfibre Cleaning Cloths, 5 Pack in Blue, Super Soft Microfibre Dusters, Clay:Roberts Premium Fibre Cloths, Machine Washable, Antibacterial, Lint-Free, Microfiber Cloths Suitable for Homes, Kitchens, Cars, Motorbikes, Domestic, Industrial and Professional Cleaning.
  • 5 High Grade Microfibre Cleaning Cloths
  • Ultra-Fine Microfibre Technology - Collects dust and dirt from any surface.
  • Lint Free - Prevents scratches when cleaning table tops, glass and delicate materials.
  • Chemical Free Cleaning - Performs perfectly dry or damp with just tap water.
  • Machine Washable - Can be washed time and time again without losing quality.

THE BRUSH

The particular brush, pictured left, is made from goats’ hair, highly rated and efficient but … does it smell of goat I wonder? My second wife did; but then she ran off with the local goat herder, never to be seen again. I’m sorry, I digress. Brushes, such as this one, from MATin, are well worth the few quid they actually cost; there are many other animal and synthetic hair products available.

Furthermore, some cleaning brushes also incorporate a cunningly designed rubbery-type tip, made of a non-abrasive material and virtually guaranteed to make those smears disappear without a streaky trace. Product shown, right, is a Hama lens pen-style brush, complete with pocket clip and the magic rubbery tip.

THE LENS BLOWER BRUSH

Well doesn’t this look beyond ridiculous! A rocket-shaped air-expeller. What’s even funnier is that this sad, poor, replication of a supersonic, high tech missile is actually very efficient at blasting away dust and dirt form all types of surfaces; lenses, camera interiors and screens.

What’s more, if you get your angles right, you can bounce it on to the floor and catch it on the rebound; that impressed my third wife-to-be … in fact that really was all that ever impressed her about me.

Get one of these, a blast of air is probably the least abrasive way to get rid of dust. However don’t, ever, bounce it on the floor, you could end up engaged, or, worse still, married! Learn from the shipwrecks of others.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Anti-Static Camera Photo Video Cleaning Clean Air Dust Blower Brush
47 Reviews
Anti-Static Camera Photo Video Cleaning Clean Air Dust Blower Brush
  • Tactile, ultra-fine, soft hair brush with a rubber bulb to keep your expensive Camcorder dust free
  • Concentrated air jet allows for maximum dust removal
  • Water resistant and durable to provide years of use
  • Great for cleaning lenses and components
  • Valve system provides optimum, non-polluting blowing effect, essential for any serious photographer
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
MyArmor Professional Lens Cleaning Kit Set With Pen Cloth Air Blower Brush for Cameras(Canon,Nikon,Pentax,Sony)
21 Reviews
MyArmor Professional Lens Cleaning Kit Set With Pen Cloth Air Blower Brush for Cameras(Canon,Nikon,Pentax,Sony)
  • They offer you professional cleaning. No matter dry and wet on camera lenses for AV devices, cell photo screens, discs, glasses or computer screens
  • Perfect against all kinds of contamination of your equipment
  • Designed for cleaning digital and analog photographic devices
  • Fit for glass, plastic and multicoated and filters
  • What you get: 1 x brush; 1 x lens pen; 2 x lens cleaning cloth; 1 x storage bag; 1 x air blower

For a more ‘aggressive’ air blast there’s always;

COMPRESSED AIR

When I had my photo processing business we got through an extraordinary amount of compressed air canisters.

The reason being, I discovered, was that one our more exuberant staff, Steve, had come up with several ways of creating missile systems; missile systems capable of propelling obscure objects fuelled by a can of compressed air; my compressed air! Especially efficient was his clever design that could fire an empty film pot about 100 yards.

After my attempt at propelling him a 100 yards, the antics stopped.

Yes, compressed air is an efficient dust blaster. Some also find it great fun to use. The red canister, above, is a typical example, from Rybond, of the can style. It really is great for scattering dust from cameras and computer; you can probably think of a whole list of other uses … Steve certainly could.

See below for some great deals on compressed air:

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Durable Powerclean Standard Air Duster - Transparent
101 Reviews
Durable Powerclean Standard Air Duster - Transparent
  • Compressed gas does not leave a residue
  • Supplied with an extension tube for improved performance
  • Highly flammable
  • HFC Free, 100% Ozone safe
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
5 Star Air Duster Can HFC Free Compressed Gas Flammable 400ml
1733 Reviews
5 Star Air Duster Can HFC Free Compressed Gas Flammable 400ml
  • Use on all printers, keyboards and office equipment. Compressed gas to remove debris and dirt from hard to reach areas. Extension tube included. HFC free. Flammable. 400ml can.^OND924634

THE HANDKERCHIEF

I have a very well educated friend, (I think he went to a nursery in Oxford); he is, quite frankly, a know-it-all, what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing; and what he does knows is, I’ve concluded, made up.

However, several years ago he gave me a useful tip; a tip based upon light refraction determinable interfaces and frictional retraction, as was so brilliantly explained in the renowned toilet paper article written by, his close friend, Einstein … that’s Cynthia Einstein.

She, accurately, proclaimed that a well-worn, well washed handkerchief, preferably made from cotton, was as good a lens cleaning material that has ever existed; Cynthia was right!

Yes, the old handkerchief really is good at cleaning, and not scratching, lenses. Although, personally, I’d still only use as a last resort.

I’d never be 100% sure that I hadn’t used the hankie for its original intended purpose! … Nuff said.

LENS CLEANING FLUID

Using a lens cleaning spray with a micro-fibre cloth is a very efficient combination for giving that lens or screen a thorough, nonabrasive, clean.

There are several options and combos available including this one, the Camkix Lens and Screen Cleaning Kit; comes with three sprays and micro-fibre cloths for under a tenner.

Read product descriptions and reviews carefully, just to satisfy yourself that you’re not buying paint stripper!

A must have cleaner for photographers and computer buffs alike; no, not the paint stripper.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Camkix Lens and Screen Cleaning Kit - 2x cleaning spray, 2x microfiber cloth - Perfect to clean the lens of your DSLR or GoPro camera - Also great for your smartphone, tablet, notebook, etc.
254 Reviews
Camkix Lens and Screen Cleaning Kit - 2x cleaning spray, 2x microfiber cloth - Perfect to clean the lens of your DSLR or GoPro camera - Also great for your smartphone, tablet, notebook, etc.
  • SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE: Just spray on a small amount of cleaning fluid and use the included microfiber cloth to clean and polish the lens of your camera or the screen of your smartphone or tablet.
  • NO MORE SMUDGES OR FINGERPRINTS: This cleaning spray not only removes dust, smudges and fingerprints, it also creates a 'wax and shine' type finish that prevents dust and smudges for a longer period of time than without the cleaning fluid.
  • FOR ALL CAMERA LENS BRANDS: Safe to use to clean optical lenses of any brand, including Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Zeiss.
  • FOR ALL TABLET AND SMARTPHONE BRANDS: Safe to use to clean tablet and smartphone screens of any brand, including Acer, Apple (iPad, iPhone), Asus, BlackBerry, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, HTC, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung (Galaxy, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Note) and Sony.
  • ALSO SUITABLE FOR OTHER DEVICES: This cleaning spray can also be used to clean the screen of most action cams, notebooks/laptops, computer monitors, plasma/LCD/LED TVs, portable gaming devices, e-readers, smartwatches, audio/video players, etc.
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Camkix Lens and Screen Cleaning Kit - 3x cleaning spray, 3x microfiber cloth - Perfect to clean the lens of your DSLR or GoPro camera - Also great for your smartphone, tablet, notebook, etc.
254 Reviews
Camkix Lens and Screen Cleaning Kit - 3x cleaning spray, 3x microfiber cloth - Perfect to clean the lens of your DSLR or GoPro camera - Also great for your smartphone, tablet, notebook, etc.
  • SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE: Just spray on a small amount of cleaning fluid and use the included microfiber cloth to clean and polish the lens of your camera or the screen of your smartphone or tablet.
  • NO MORE SMUDGES OR FINGERPRINTS: This cleaning spray not only removes dust, smudges and fingerprints, it also creates a 'wax and shine' type finish that prevents dust and smudges for a longer period of time than without the cleaning fluid.
  • FOR ALL CAMERA LENS BRANDS: Safe to use to clean optical lenses of any brand, including Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Zeiss.
  • FOR ALL TABLET AND SMARTPHONE BRANDS: Safe to use to clean tablet and smartphone screens of any brand, including Acer, Apple (iPad, iPhone), Asus, BlackBerry, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, HTC, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung (Galaxy, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Note) and Sony.
  • ALSO SUITABLE FOR OTHER DEVICES: This cleaning spray can also be used to clean the screen of most action cams, notebooks/laptops, computer monitors, plasma/LCD/LED TVs, portable gaming devices, e-readers, smartwatches, audio/video players, etc.

LENS TISSUES

Lens tissues are now, perhaps, somewhat out of vogue; something of the past, an outdated remnant from the dark ages of film photography.

Lens tissues are little squares of tissues that are used once and, binned! The little, quiet, unassuming tissue does its job without a fuss nor need for celebrity.

Tissues generally come in very inexpensive blocks of maybe 50. Each, optimistic, willing square is only used the once; life can be so harsh. On a more positive note, this means, there’s very low risk of contamination from the grime or grit collected from previous usage.

What cleaning cloth or brush can make that claim?

Who’s laughing now! Tissues may not be as popular as they were, but their low risk cleaning properties make them a first choice cleaning aid for the wise and poor.

Above product is by Neweer, a package of tissues, to last a lifetime, for around £6; they even throw in a micro-fibre cloth … I ask you, really, who wants them anymore!

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
BlueBeach® High Quality Camera Lens Cleaner Cleaning Paper Tissue 100 Sheets (10 x 7.5cm) each
8 Reviews
BlueBeach® High Quality Camera Lens Cleaner Cleaning Paper Tissue 100 Sheets (10 x 7.5cm) each
  • Provide an outstanding effect in removing fingerprints and stains on lens
  • Perfect for cleaning the surfaces of camera, camcorders lens and microscope
  • Ductility of cotton paper prevents lens from being scratched
  • Excellent clean effect after blowing off dust on the lens with air blower
  • 100 Sheets of cleaning paper (10 x 7.5cm) each
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Hama Lens Tissue Silicon free 5 Booklets with 30 tissues in each
45 Reviews
Hama Lens Tissue Silicon free 5 Booklets with 30 tissues in each
  • Special silicone-free tissues to clean lenses
  • 5 folders, each containing 30 tissues
  • 120 x 60 mm

I’m sure the industry will re-invent the humble tissue soon (because it’s worth it); my advice is to ‘glamorise and repackage’, make it sound as sweet, and as desirable, as a garden pea.

There are, and will always be, reinventions of the wheel; I’ve tried nearly every photo cleaning product known to mankind, and I’ll be honest, most of them work, although the Brillo Pad … disappointing.

There are gels you can apply and then peel from your optics, they work, but honestly, what a palaver!

Use whatever works for you, a brush, a spray, a tissue … you do the joke.