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- New and improved patented carbon cleaning compound, more cleaning, no fluids required
- New twist cap activator, retractable ultra soft natural brush
- Environment friendly and non-toxic
- Ergonomic body
- Nothing spills, drips or dries out
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|Item Dimensions||8 x 3.5 x 0.95 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.02 pounds|
Designed for cleaning lenses, binoculars, scopes, night vision goggles and other sport optical devices
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First off, most people clean their lenses far too often. You usually see this among amateurs who baby their gear and do little shooting. No big deal really (I did it), but you should try to avoid cleaning a lens simply out of habit due to lens coatings. Then, if your lens is really dirty, you should FIRST start with the brush of the LensPen. In most cases, you are done at this point. However, if there are smudges on the lenns, the carbon tip end will take care of that effortlessly by starting at the center of the lens and moving it in a circular direction working outwards. But, regardless of the lens cleaning method or tools you use, always be sure to remove larger debris, such as sand or dust, with a brush or blower before you use a cloth or the carbon end of the LensPen. Otherwise, you risk scratching your front lens element. Also remember this product is not intended to be used with any wet style lens cleaning method.
If you compare the older model pens and the new pens you will notice that 1) ergonomics changed and 2) the cap is now screw on. The ergonomic change is very nice but the screw on cap is important because the caps would come off and end up at the bottom of my bag. The brush also seems to be made with a better/ softer material as well.
Based on heavy usage, a couple of pens will last me a over a year. I have found no reliable way to indicate when they should be replaced so I basically purge them one every 18 months or so. LensPen says its about 500 uses. But who really counts?
This is a first rate product and is an indespensible aid to cleaning all types of camera and binocular lenses. I don't see how you could possibly go wrong with this exceptional product.
I love the new design because it takes the guessing out of whether or not one is getting the right amount of carbon on to the tip, since the cap is now a screw on one, and thus facilitates the entire process.
If there's one thing I'd like to see them improve upon, it would be having a tether for the cap. If you lose it, that's it, product done. Otherwise, Love it.
A great design detail is the one-hand operation of the brush. No cap. In a speed boat weaving through the islands offshore of Malaysia, I could not release my grip on the tripod and video camera. When rain hit the UV filter protecting the lens, I could pen brush away the rain with one hand while maintaining my grip on the tripod with the other hand. See the video of the situation:
A few minutes later, we got hit by the storm. Lightning came straight down to the water. The pilot took the boat to a beach.