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Best way to clean contacts?

billD80

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Mon 21-Jan-13 03:10 PM

I've had my D7000 since it was released. I'd like to clean the lens contacts in the body. What the best thing to use that won't leave lint?

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tcerul

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tcerul Silver Member Charter Member
Mon 21-Jan-13 03:38 PM

I use "Kimwipes" and denatured alcohol. Kimwipes are delicate task wipes from Kimberly-Clarke. I've never had them leave "lint" on lens surfaces after cleaning and they never damaged lens surface. Of course I use ROR or Eclipse for lens cleaning.

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billD80

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Mon 21-Jan-13 04:14 PM

There's a fiberglas pen brush tingy I found at Radio Shack... Used with care, OK or not?

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tcerul

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tcerul Silver Member Charter Member
Tue 22-Jan-13 02:42 PM

Not familiar with the Radio Shack product but have used a clean pencil eraser in the past. Just be careful not to get pieces of the eraser in the sensor compartment. A light scrub suffices to clean the contacts.

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RABaker

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RABaker Registered since 30th Sep 2003
Tue 22-Jan-13 04:16 PM | edited Tue 22-Jan-13 04:19 PM by RABaker

The best way to clean contacts that I have ever found is to use DeoxIT products on a quality microfiber cloth (the kind sold in camera shops for lens cleaning). If the contacts look clean the product you want is:
http://store.caig.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1609/.f?sc=2&category=292
Put a drop of the DeoxIT Gold on a clean, high quality microfiber cloth and gently rub on the contacts. That's it. While I had it out I would do the same thing for each my lenses with contacts, too.

If the contacts actually look dirty (pretty unusual with cameras and lenses), then they should be cleaned before using the DeoxIT Gold. In that case use DeoxIT D-Series contact cleaner first, followed by the DeoxIT Gold. Application method should still be the same - put a small amount on a quality microfiber cloth and gently rub the contacts.

Good luck,
Richard

mkbee1

West Valley, US
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mkbee1 Registered since 26th Nov 2012
Tue 22-Jan-13 08:43 PM | edited Tue 22-Jan-13 08:44 PM by mkbee1

A clean Microfiber cloth or kimwipes and medical-grade denatured alcohol(anhydrous) works well. I suppose sensor-cleaning fluid would, too. Gently!

Just don't substitute rubbing alcohol. It contains oils and other things.

Erasers of any kind can leave fine particles to cause problems,IMO.

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mborn1

Taunton, US
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mborn1 Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Nov 2008
Thu 24-Jan-13 12:07 AM

>The best way to clean contacts that I have ever found is to
>use DeoxIT products on a quality microfiber cloth (the kind
>sold in camera shops for lens cleaning). If the contacts look
>clean the product you want is:
>http://store.caig.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1609/.f?sc=2&category=292
>Put a drop of the DeoxIT Gold on a clean, high quality
>microfiber cloth and gently rub on the contacts. That's it.
>While I had it out I would do the same thing for each my
>lenses with contacts, too.
>
>If the contacts actually look dirty (pretty unusual with
>cameras and lenses), then they should be cleaned before using
>the DeoxIT Gold. In that case use DeoxIT D-Series contact
>cleaner first, followed by the DeoxIT Gold. Application
>method should still be the same - put a small amount on a
>quality microfiber cloth and gently rub the contacts.
>
>Good luck,
>Richard

THis is the way I do it. You would be surprised at the amount of dirt that there is on the contacts on the mounts. I clean all my equipment once a month

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