Your Breath Has Harmful Acids That Can Damage Your Camera Lens

8th Dec 2012 | 19:00

Your Breath Has Harmful Acids That Can Damage Your Camera Lens

I can't even count how many times I used my breath to fog up a camera lens to wipe it down clean. It's the photog equivalent of blowing into those old NES cartridges. I swear it works! Turns out, we might be ruining our camera lenses because our breath has harmful acids that can damage them.

PetaPixel pointed out a Nikon support thread that specifically says not to use your breath:

Do not breathe on the lens to fog it for cleaning. There are harmful acids in breath that can damage lens coatings.

Uh oh. Then what the hell are we non-professional photogs supposed to do? Nikon says Lens Cleaning Solutions are the best (no abrasives, no solvents) but if you don't have that, use "the blower bulb, then brush, and wipe the lens in a circular spiral from the center outward." The more you know, right. [Nikon via PetaPixel]

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