Canned air be used to clean camera and lens?

9 years 2 months ago #129306 by Fiesta!
Is it OK to use canned air to clean camera and lenses? I was wondering about the condensation that forms when you spray compressed air for long time. I normally don't spray for that long, but playing it safe and asking.


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9 years 2 months ago #129315 by Mike Ayrouth
I'm near certain you don't want to use compressed air on your camera. I can't remember the exact reason, but I'm pretty sure your not suppose to.

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9 years 2 months ago #129345 by chasrich
The mirror, sensor and mechanical flip mechanism are extremely fragile. I would personally hold my breath when approaching these elements of an expensive DSLR. Hitting them with a blast of compressed air (no matter how short the blast) is NOT a good idea. Not to mention the debris this might stir up. The lens is best cleaned with a syringe type bulb and then a brush or micro fiber cloth. Save the compressed air for cleaning your eyeball... :rofl:

Disclaimer caution: Do NOT use canned air on your eyeball or this might be the last thing you read!

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9 years 2 months ago #129386 by effron
Don't use compressed air, get a rocket blower......

Why so serious?
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9 years 2 months ago #129390 by McBeth Photography

effron wrote: Don't use compressed air, get a rocket blower......


:agree:

Compressed air is measured in psi or pounds (per) square inch. Most canned compressed air runs about 40+ psi, that's a lot of force on the internal components of your camera.


Rocket blower uses no compressed air for that reason.

It is what it is.

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9 years 2 months ago - 9 years 2 months ago #129391 by MLKstudios
They are referring to this Giottos rocket:

www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/259157-RE...cket_Air_Blower.html

... for cleaning the insides of the camera.

It's OK to blow out the outside and the lenses with canned air. Just be careful where you aim it.

FYI my cleaning method involves a sable brush (first), and a good cleaning cloth.

Matthew L Kees
MLK Studios Photography School
www.MLKstudios.com
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"Every artist, was once an amateur"

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9 years 2 months ago #129404 by icepics
The only thing I've used compressed air for is to clean negatives in the darkroom, the kind by Beseler or other companies designed for that. I clean lenses w/sometimes a brush, or breathe on it and use microfiber cloth). But I confess, in a pinch, I've used the tail of my T-shirt...

Sharon
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9 years 2 months ago #129632 by Henry Peach
I don't like canned air because air isn't the only thing in those cans. I've seen gunk spray from canned air onto camera mirrors and film. I bought a foot pump (under $15) for blowing out cameras and lenses. I keep it in a plastic bag in storage to keep the dust out.

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9 years 2 months ago #130007 by Martha
I was told to only use the puffer air thing for cleaning out your camera, and not to use compressed air


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