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Best way to clean a camera body?

Marty Elan , Nov 11, 2004; 03:45 p.m.

What is the best way to clean a camera body? Lense? I have a D70 and wanted to clean the camera of the grime of normal use. With my older metal body cameras, I would use a weak ammonia solution. This was applied with a soft cloth that was barely moisten with the ammonia solution. With the D70 being plastic, I did not know what if anything I could use to remove the dirt.

Thank you.


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Robert Lai , Nov 11, 2004; 04:01 p.m.

I usually stick to canned air and a soft brush. If there is a lot of dust, then some vacuuming beforehand may help. If there are greasy marks, I use some lens cleaning fluid on lens cleaning tissue. If very, very greasy, I use some Edwal film cleaning solution or 91% rubbing alcohol. I don't see how some Windex on a paper tissue can harm plastic, if that's your favorite solution. I try to stay away from fluids in general if I can help it.

Robert Shunk , Nov 11, 2004; 04:08 p.m.

I wipe down all my equipment with a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol (70%) and water. I take a cloth and dip it in the solution and wring it out practically dry and wipe away!

This is used on film based equipment - not sure if it would make a difference for digital.

Bob S.

Bruce Rubenstein - NYC , Nov 11, 2004; 05:26 p.m.

Get some 3M Desk and Office Cleaner. It's made for plastic and painted materials. I use a bit of foam dampened with it to get the dirt off and then buff with a soft cloth. It leaves a trace of a sheen, but it's not at all slimey or slipery. I think that Staples carries it.

Ron Snyder , Nov 11, 2004; 07:01 p.m.

Automatic Dishwasher, hehe!!!

Robert Nancarrow , Nov 11, 2004; 07:29 p.m.

Don't laugh Ron, the dishwasher will work if you use but a teaspoon of detergent and place the camera on the upper rack, make sure to keep the lenscap on! Bob.

Marty Elan , Nov 11, 2004; 07:31 p.m.

Cascade or Sun Light dishwashing detergent? :>)

Shawn Rahman , Nov 11, 2004; 10:28 p.m.

C'mon, guys, be nice! You know that some moron is actually going to try the dishwasher thing.

Luis Triguez , Nov 12, 2004; 06:50 a.m.

If your lens cleaner finish use contact lens cleaner. No joke. I usualy do.

Peter Cofran , Nov 12, 2004; 09:38 a.m.

good tip to use Cascade otherwise you might end up with spots ;-)

seriously dont they sell cleaning kits for digital camera? what does that consist of? can of compressed air, brush, and lint free cloth? cant imagine cleaning would be different from a film camera. dust is dust right?

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