Using supposedly proper lens cleaner and correct cloth, I still cannot remove light little 'swirls' on the lens. Thanks for any help?

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  • 4 years ago
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    The swirls may not be residue.

    If they are scratches, they will be there forever.

    Unfortunately, because most lenses are specially coated

    to reduce undesired effects such as "lens flare",

    the coating gets scratched first, and there is no way to restore it.

    Oh, it could be done, if the lens was sent back to the manufacturer,

    but the cost could exceed the price of a new

    (or good-condition used) equivalent lens.

    Have a professional photographer look at the lens and maybe try to clean it.

    If you are lucky, you will get both a swirl-free lens

    and the knowledge of how to achieve it yourself.

    Otherwise, you will have to live with the swirls.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Those light little swirls are called cleaning marks. You did it yourself. IF you haven't installed a UV filter over your lens do so now so that would be the one you would be cleaning and swirling. As for the swirls already on your lens, don't worry. They won't show up on the photos and won't devalue your lens as much as you think.

  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    The "little swirls" are scratches in the surface of the lens. There's really no easy way to remove them.

  • Maybe try purchasing a lens cleaner kit...might provide some better cloth.

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