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#1 J. Søren Viuf

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 12:28 AM

Hey, I've recently purchased a Lens Pen, and I as wondering exactly when and where it is appropriate to use it. I've noticed there is a brush on one end and a small chamois bit at the other. What are the uses for each?
Also, what are the risks with using one?

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 03:21 PM

Hey, I've recently purchased a Lens Pen, and I as wondering exactly when and where it is appropriate to use it. I've noticed there is a brush on one end and a small chamois bit at the other. What are the uses for each?
Also, what are the risks with using one?

Thank you,

JSV


I can't find a decent use for the chamois end. it gets filthy in no time. The brush end is nice for loose dust on a lens.
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#3 Rory Hanrahan

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:27 AM

The only thing I use the padded side for is cleaning the viewfinder glass. Do yourself a favor and get a static-free brush and a microfiber cloth instead. Your un-scratched lenses will thank you.
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Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:59 PM

The only thing I use the padded side for is cleaning the viewfinder glass. Do yourself a favor and get a static-free brush and a microfiber cloth instead. Your un-scratched lenses will thank you.


I've used the padded side to clean dry-erase follow focus marks off the lucite wheel in pinch.
I have two of these things and I think they're sort of useless- maybe you ended up with
one of mine (?)- enjoy. The brush end looks to be a stiffer synthetic which, as you suggest,
could do more damage than a softer natural fibre. I have found the lens pen very handy for
wedging into self-locking fire doors, when ducking out for a quick smoke.

- MJ
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#5 Rory Hanrahan

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 04:10 PM

maybe you ended up with one of mine (?)- enjoy.



Hmmm. Probably. I think its in the box marked "Jeff's Stuff" that keeps getting filled with random goodies (Kidding! Sort of. I still owe you that microfibre I promised on the last shoot...).

My biggest problem with LensPens is that they tend to lose bristles easily, which find a home on the edge of the glass. In fact, I think the pad fell off mine while I was cleaning a lens with it years ago...

Good call with the FF wheel though. I'm still using my thumb like a caveman.
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#6 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 04:16 AM

They really are pretty useless. Anything other than proper lens paper, Kodak or Pancro lens fluid (when absolutely necessary) and a camel hair brush kept in a ziplok bag when not used does not get my seal of approval.
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