Lens coating - how sensitive is it ?
I just got my new Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 today. Nice lens, but somehow it's just way too light compared to the 24-120mm.
I've got a question. How sensitive is the lens coating ? What would damage it ? What should I do, if I accidentally touch it ?
Would the coating be damaged if I, accidentally, brushed a paper "tip" onto the lens surface ?
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#1. "RE: Lens coating - how sensitive is it ?" | In response to Reply # 0f5fstop Basic MemberFri 29-Dec-00 09:35 PM
The lens coating should be (better be) able to stand up to a fingerprint. About the only thing that can damage the coating is a scratch (that's one reason I keep a good brand UV filter or another type of filter at all times on the lens...to protect the element), or some chemical cleaners.
I have had great success with Microfiber cloths for cleaning lenses, including finger prints (not peanut butter, though). Adorama sells a great cloth called the MicroDear Microfiber Cloth that I first read about in Pop Photography about two years ago. I purchased a few of them and they do an excellent job of cleaning. (Remember to blow any dirt off the lens prior to cleanng with or without a cleaning solution.)
So, blow any stray dirt or dust off the lens, clean with a microfiber cloth, either dry or dampened with an approved lens cleaning solution. (One other thing, do not apply any cleaner direcly to the lens element. Apply it to a cloth, then wipe the lens element with the damp cloth.)
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