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    Tiffen make Lens Cleaning Paper which I understand is the old Kodak Lens Cleaning Tissue rebranded.
    Zeiss Liquid Lens Cleaner seems as good or better than the old Kodak Lens Cleaning Fluid.
    Available from the Large US internet retailers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Legge View Post
    Any time I use ROR I seem to end up with a bunch of residue left over. Granted, the ROR clears off some debris faster than anything else but I end up having to do a another pass to get the ROR off. Sometimes a bit of water works, other times I've used Ronsonal or isopropyl alcohol.

    Does anyone else have issues with ROR? Or maybe I'm just using it wrong.
    I am pretty new to ROR myself, but I gotta say, that yes, I do remember it not being a one-shot-deal, I think I had to clean the lens twice (spray cotton, wipe on lens, dry, do again-with-all-clean-cotton-balls). Seems to work better than any other solution I have used. I have to say, I think the cotton balls are the key too...

    Think I read on APUG someone from Germany, who was a current/former Leica employee talking about the virtues of cotton balls...every time I tried lens tissues, they broke apart...sure there are 1000 ways to do this 'right'...this one's working for me though. Best luck all!
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    More lenses have been ruined by overzealous cleaning than by anything else. Every bit of lint does not have to be removed from a lens as it will not effect the image anyway. The laws of optics say that a lens cannot image anything on its own surface. The only time to use lens cleaner or alcohol is if a gerasy fingerprint is on the lens. Something that really should never happen.
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    Lab suppliers sell lens tissue. You can get a lifetime's supply for surprisingly little money. I use them with isopropyl alcohol. Be careful that you aren't dissolving grease off you fingers and smearing it ionto the lens - for this reason I always clean lenses straight after doing the washing-up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Legge View Post
    Any time I use ROR I seem to end up with a bunch of residue left over. Granted, the ROR clears off some debris faster than anything else but I end up having to do a another pass to get the ROR off. Sometimes a bit of water works, other times I've used Ronsonal or isopropyl alcohol.

    Does anyone else have issues with ROR? Or maybe I'm just using it wrong.
    I use R.O.R. Brian and have no problem with it, I use it with lens cleaning tissues not re-usable cloths and use one to apply it and a clean one to remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summicron1 View Post
    any glasses shop sells lens cleaning fluid -- and usually has some sort of tissue -- if not any piece of clean much-washed lint free cotton cloth will do fine. To be brutally honest, i clean my leica lenses with windex on a tissue and call it good. wipe very gently, no scratches yet.

    microfiber clothes are also very good.
    Some of the products a glasses shop carries for cleaning may contain silicone or similar which aids in hiding minor scratches and scuffs on plastic and glass lenses. If used on a camera lens it will leave film that may affect optical quality.

    I'm a long time user of Kodak lens cleaning fluid and tissue, but ran across a thread in a forum where some people are using Heet dry gas to clean lenses and digital sensors which is an isopropyl/menthanol based alcohol containing little water. I have tried it on a couple of older lenses and filters and it seemed to work well and does not leave any residue. I haven't braved up enough to try it on any of my good lenses. Curious if any one else has heard of this and may use it routinely.

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    I had hit and miss with eye glasses cleaners but once I found one that works well - meaning cleans well and leaves no residues, that's what I stick with. I also use microfiber cloth originally made for eye glasses applications. I keep mine clean though. They live in zip lock bags. I never just toss them in my camera bag or pocket. My "stash" is also in a plastic bag. If any of them get visibly soiled, they are tossed away. Otherwise, they go into a laundry bag and washed.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    My optician provides micro-fibre cloths with my spectacles and I use them for my cameras - specs are cleaned on my shirt tails. ROR is great stuff - I use it on new second-hand lenses - barrel as well as glass - it is not so good on leatherette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTF III View Post
    Always blow and brush grit away before cleaning. One teeny piece of grit is a sand-basting gun to the lens. May as well use sandpaper.
    +1. I use lens cleaning cloths or even toilet paper, depending on the severity. If there are smear marks or fingerprints on a lens, I use pure alcohol, obtainable from some/most lab suppliers or pharmacies. It must NOT be surgical spirits, as those sometimes contain aromatic oils. If you use toilet paper (soft double-ply), it will leave some lint. Wait until the alcohol has dried, then blow or brush those off with a lens pen. If your lens pen becomes greasy, clean the bristles with alcohol. Don't use acetone or other solvents meant for paints and glues etc. One of the things that may happen is solvent finding its way into the glue between the elements of a doublet or triplet and causing separation. For internal cleaning, I take my stuff to a technician. I am not brave enough to risk doing such things myself. One reason for that is that some elements (in Nikkors at least) contain soft coatings, and attempting to clean them will ruin the lens. It is usually the back coating of the first element, but there are some lenses where other elements also have this problem.

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