Sat 12-Jun-10 09:26 PM | edited Sat 12-Jun-10 09:26 PM by ZoneV
Some of the newer caps are especially pesky because they have so many nooks and crannies. If you wash it with water, the water will never evaporate on its own and will cause mold or bacteria or fungus. So how does one clean these newer style caps? The newer Tokina front caps are especially annoying.
One idea I thought of is to get hold of some dessicant packets, and to wash the cap, dry it as well as possible, and then place it in a bag with the dessicant.
I basically don't worry about it, but if they get dusty, I use a blower brush. It's like a Rocket Blower but the bulb is about the size of a quarter and has a soft brush on the end. I use it for getting dust of lenses, too.
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>I basically don't worry about it, but if they get dusty, I >use a blower brush. It's like a Rocket Blower but the bulb is >about the size of a quarter and has a soft brush on the end. >I use it for getting dust of lenses, too.
Tried a rocket blower. Didn't work. I need something more effective than air.
Maybe try a blow dryer after washing them in the sink?
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>If you wash it with water, the >water will never evaporate on its own and will cause mold or >bacteria or fungus.
Hi. I don't see why the water would never evaporate. I'd wash it in a slightly soapy water, rinse well, and then let it dry for a few days, perhaps leaving it in direct sunlight in a cool environment for an hour or two. Should be dry by then. Peter
Mon 14-Jun-10 02:46 AM | edited Mon 14-Jun-10 02:49 AM by cameraniac
I rinse mine in hot water and use a toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies. Afterwards, I shake and blow the water out and then let the cap set for a few to dry. Works great and have never had any problems.
I bought several used cap sets awhile back. I washed them in the dishwasher in the basket, pulled them and used a hair blow dryer, never a problem. For maintenance I blow them with the rocket blower and from time to time rinse when dirt clings. I rinse them in warm water and dry with the blow dryer. Setting them out for a couple of hours would work, but I worry that if I don't get them dry I might have rusty springs as I have never taken a cap apart and don't know the spring material or how it is handled. Never had a problem with these techniques. Cheers, Christopher My_Nikonians_Gallery ~ My_Blog ~ My_website
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Last week I lost a Nikon lens cap from my Zeiss lens - the Zeiss lens caps are no good - while walking in the woods. Next day, by a lucky coincidence, I found the lens cap which was completely covered with mud. I took it home and washed it with hot water. I had to use a lot of water to remove the grit from the spring loaded mechanism of the cap. I then left the cap to dry on the kitchen table. Surprisingly, the lens cap works like new.
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