Buying microfiber cloths in bulk

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    I'm not sure which forum this question fits but I use 35mm format most often so here it is....

    I am thinking of buying LOTS of microfiber cloths. I can buy these at 3 to 10 dollars each at any camera stores, but these are available in bulk at places that supply eye glass stores for less than 10th of this cost. (provided you buy 100 or more)

    The problem is.... there are many kinds and most of them aren't all that clear about which ones are lint free kind and gentle enough for camera lenses. Not all microfiber cloths are lint free and some are very VERY linty.

    Have anyone bought these from any of those suppliers? If so, can you recommend a company and a particular model of cloths?
     
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    The small square Pentax microfibre cloths are the best ones I have found. Generally better than the cloths that come with my glasses...

    Ian
     
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    If you use them to clean film, PEC-PADS, also sold in 100-pack, are a good solution.
     
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    The best ones I have found are the white Leica cloths. With the name on it they jump up to about $ 11.00 yikes.

    I have thought about going into a fabric store with one in hand and asking a GM to do some research and see if he/she could get me a yard or two.
     
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    Tiger Cloth. Specifically made as an Anti-Static Microfiber cleaning cloth for photographic film and other uses. If you do an Internet search you will find a bulk supplier, that's what I did.-Dick
     
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    Mine come from the Dollar General store, three for a buck or thereabouts.
     
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    Those look like a good deal..
    PEC-PAD Lint Free Wipes 4"x4" 100per/Pkg
    $9.59 on amazon. Are these like a paper wet-wipe or are they a cloth?

    I currently buy micro-fiber 'glass cleaning' cloths from the dollar tree store. These are micro-fiber towels. I cut them into small squares.. so I get 16 or 32 for a buck depending on how small I cut them. They also have micro-fiber cloths for eyeglasses but its like one small cloth for a dollar.

    Regarding the expensive name-brand cloth at the camera store, what a ripoff! And it says you can wash them to reuse them, but I wouldnt trust that. You get particles of dust on the cloth and then you end up scratching the hell out of the glass. I use them once and throw them away. Thats the only way to go.
     
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    Those are paper, and I have a package of it already. I use them to clean negatives. Problem with these is that they absorb liquid very poorly and they just tend to push them around. Fine for using with cleaners that evaporate quickly like neg cleaners but not so nice for lens cleaners.

    I clean and reuse microfiber cloths. That scratch with embedded grit stuff is true every time after the first time. I wash them and dry them by themselves so that they don't pickup any additional grit in the process.
     
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    For cleaning lenses I would only use disposable lens wipes made for camera use. No matter how careful you might be in washing microfiber cloths, it only takes one piece of grit to scratch a lens. In fact touching a lens with anything other than air is risky. More lenses have been ruined by overzealous cleaning than by anything else.
     
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    What scares me the most is that many people carry lens cleaning supplies directly in their pants pocket, camera bags, or in any place they can find. They take it out and wipe the lens... Yikes! I keep mine in a clean zip lock bag that is replaced often. My cloths gets washed and cleaned often. I actually never had problems, and I am VERY particular about my lenses.

    I have tried paper kind (also kept in plastic bags). I never liked these as they are not as absorbent and often leave smear marks. They seem to cause more scratches by minute grit based on my experience with eye glass lenses. I don't use them anymore.
     
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    I'm surprised of your answer, if your refer to PED-PADS made by Photographic Solutions, Inc.

    They look and feel to me like some form of tissue (actually, "non-tissued tissue"). They seem to absorb what I put on them (PEC-12 or, more often, Tetenal Graphic arts cleaner) just as a cotton rag would do. Actually I was convinced they were made of some form of tissue (considering the cost that in fact should not have been likely). I have no idea what are they made of, maybe cellulose, but it looks and feel to me like tissue, not like paper. I never tried to put on them something else, though. Thinking about it, they look like those "fake sheets" they give you in trains when you travel on sleepers, a one-use "non-tissued tissue".

    For cleaning lenses, I use air, a blower brush (more the blower, than the brush). The brush of my blower brush has a cap on it to protect it from dust. And one can always wash it with water and soap when needed.

    When there is a fingerprint on the lens, after blowing air I just breathe out over the lens and then clean it with a common paper handkerchief, which is taken "new" out of its packet, and I clean the lens with circular motions starting from the centre and spiralling outwards.

    I bought decades ago some Kodak Paper stuff (small paper sheets) to clean lenses, which I basically never use because by tactile sensation it feels "hard" on the lens. I prefer paper handkerchiefs.

    I never use protective filters on lenses. I always put a cap on lenses before putting the lens, or the camera, back in the bag. I find very little cleaning needs with this method. I only take pictures in urban situations.

    I understand putting protective filters on lenses when going to the seaside, or when hiking etc. For the normal town walk I just prefer the best optical quality my lenses can give me.

    Fabrizio
     
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    Yup, talking about THAT white square stuff.

    I'm not sure what that stuff is made of, either. The difference from cotton for example appears to be, when made wet, cotton will absorb liquid into the fabric and into the thread themselves. This stuff retains liquid in between the treads but not into the thread. It always left streaking marks when used with lens cleaning liquid.

    I never use ordinary paper product of any kind.... When used to clean eye glasses, which is usually made of polycarbonate (easily scratch-able) they can leave scratches. I don't use it with camera lenses either.

    I dunno... microfiber cloths always works for me so I'm sticking with that stuff (and can of air and blow brush stuff).