We’ve all done it. We are out and about shooting and you accidentally touch the front element of your lens and leave a large finger print. The quickest way to clean it is to breathe on it then clean it off with a microfiber cloth. Well according to Nikon this isn’t a good idea.
[quote]Do not breathe on the lens to fog it for cleaning. There are harmful acids in breath that can damage lens coatings…
– Nikon Support[/quote]
Here is the full text from Nikon Support.
How do I clean the camera lens?
The best way to clean a lens is to use a piece of lint free lens cleaning tissue and a small amount of Lens Cleaning solution. Do not use anything containing abrasives or solvents, only use Lens Cleaning Solution.
First we recommend taking a small blower brush to blow off or brush away loose dust or debris.
Next, place a drop or two of cleaner on the tissue (never directly onto the lens) and then wipe the lens in a circular motion, beginning in the center and working your way outward, removing any marks or smear.
If the above supplies are not available a clean, dry, soft, lint free cloth can be used to clean the lens. Do not breathe on the lens to fog it for cleaning. There are harmful acids in breath that can damage lens coatings. Just use the blower bulb, then brush, and wipe the lens in a circular spiral from the center outward.
The same method can be used to clean the viewfinder eyepiece of Nikon cameras.[/quote]
How do you clean your lens, is this likely to change the way to clean your lens in a pinch?
Source(s): Nikon Rumors