Is this bad for the lens??

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  1. Phazan

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    I was just wondering, what to do if certain things happen to the lens. I was taking macro pictures of water, today, and I got a few drops on the lense. Should I just let it dry? Or do I need to do something about it? Also, I heard fingerprints can be bad for the lens too. What should I do if I get a really small one? Is it safe to leave it if you can't see anything when the picture turns out? Thanks for any help!!! :)
     
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    get some good cloth for cleaning lenses and do it.

    breathe on the lens and rub gently with the cloth.
    if you don't rub on the lens like a devil, it should be non-destructive ;)

    if the water was clean, let it dry and wipe off the residues. if it was mud however, there might be sand in it and you should be careful.

    lenses have rather sturdy coatings these days, damage is not easily done.
     
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    Yeah I wouldn't sweat it. Use a cleaning kit that you can buy almost anywhere that sells cameras and a bit of common sense and you should be ok. It's probably a good idea to keep it as clean as possible even if you don't notice it affecting your pics.
     
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    If you're paranoid like me you could always put a UV filter on your lens to protect it.
     
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    but then you buy expensive filters like me and you wonder how to best clean them without scratching.
     
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    Lens cloths are very nice, but like Alex said, be careful of dirt.
     
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    Ok, thanks guys for the help. I have been paranoid with this camera ever since I got it! I find myself checking 5 times to make sure the batteries are in the right way!
    But, is there anything I can clean it off temporarly with that I might already have at home?
    Thanks for all the help.
     
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    are you wearing glasses? if so, you could use the cloth you clean them with ...
     
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    ^No, I don't wear glasses, but I DO have a cloth that is used to clean woodwind instruments. It's used to take all the fingerprints to make them look nice. Will that work?
     
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    Careful there. If it's similar to cleaning cloths I've used, such a cloth could be impregnated with silicone to inhibit rust and make the instrument look shiny. Not good for use on optical surfaces.

    You want a plain, unenhanced, unadulterated microfiber cleaning cloth. Your cloth could fit the bill...but me...I'd obtain one specifically for optics. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    Today i got mud on my 28-110 and i had to rub it off with my shirt...it hurt me to see but i had to.
     
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    Can anyone one please tell me the correct way to wash a microfibre cloth.
    Would it be better to use distilled water and a mild soap,,,or can I just toss it in with the blue jeans?
     

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