how to clean a camera lense



Cleaning your camera lens is an essential part of the photographic process. While you can use canned air to clean a camera lense, those products can be expensive and have their own drawbacks. Luckily for you, there are many other ways that you can clean up your lenses and achieve the sharpest results possible!


Once you get in the habit of cleaning your camera lens regularly, it will become second nature and no longer seem like a big deal. If you have not been cleaning your camera lens on a regular basis, start now before the problem gets worse.

Before you begin to clean your camera’s lense, make sure that all of the other parts are totally dry as well. You can use some compressed air to blow off any remaining dust from other areas around the camera such as its body or controls.

Cleaning lens elements

The first step to cleaning your lens is to use a blower brush to remove dust from the lens. This can be done by placing the camera body on its side and blowing air onto it, or you can purchase an inexpensive blower brush that will do the job just as well. After removing all dust with the blower brush, use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe away any remaining particles. If there are smudges or fingerprints on your lens, apply cleaning fluid (also known as lens cleaner). Use this sparingly and let it sit for a few seconds before wiping it off with a clean microfiber cloth.

Cleaning filters

  • Put your camera lens on a flat surface, such as a table.

  • If you're using a microfiber cloth, dampen it with water and wring out the excess liquid.

  • Wipe the filter clean, starting at the center of your lens and moving outward in overlapping circles until all of the debris is removed.

If you are using a lens brush, make sure that it's clean before beginning to clean your filters. You can use any kind of cleaning solution for this process; however, we recommend using one specifically made for lenses and filters because these products tend to have better ingredients than those found in generic household cleaners.

Cleaning the camera body

  • Clean the camera body with a soft cloth.

  • Use a small amount of mild soap and water to clean your camera body. Do not use window cleaners or other harsh chemicals on your camera body as they can damage the finish of the camera and potentially ruin your lens as well!

Clean your camera properly to get the best results possible.

As the saying goes, "Careful cleaning is the key to a good picture." It's true if you don't take care of your camera properly, then it won't be able to perform as well. But if you're careful with how you clean your equipment, then there's no reason not to do so!

When cleaning your camera body:* Clean the outside surfaces with a microfiber cloth.* When in doubt about what part is supposed to be clean and what isn't, look for the manufacturer’s sticker on its surface. This will tell you exactly where and how much dirt can be removed from each area.

When cleaning lens elements:* Use some denatured alcohol or lens cleaner spray on a cotton swab or soft cloth.* Never use any abrasive material like steel wool because this could scratch glass surfaces (and ruin photos).


With a little bit of preparation, cleaning your camera is easy. You might be surprised at how much better your photos look after you take care of this important step.


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Elissa Rankin
Elissa Rankin
Elissa Rankin is an experienced cameraman with a wealth of experience in video production. Her skills include advanced editing, sound recording, post-production, and web video production. She has worked on projects for clients such as Discovery Communications, A&E Networks, and HBO. In her previous roles, she has developed creative concepts and shot footage for TV shows such as "The Good Place" and "The Mindy Project." She holds a BFA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.