It’s not always obvious to know which cleaning kits are the best camera lens cleaning kits. Finding the right cleaning supplies for your camera and other photography equipment is a challenging decision for a lot of photographers.
This makes sense when you consider how expensive camera equipment is – not to mention the emotional attachment that true photographers often develop towards their cameras.
If you use a sub-par kit, you risk doing serious damage to your lenses, screen, or sensors. These are some cleaning supply sets that have sold well and received generally positive reviews.
|DHW Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras & Smartphones||CamKix Cleaning Kit||Movo Deluxe Essentials DSLR Cleaning Kit||Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras and Sensitive|
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DHW Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras & Smartphones
This is one of the best lens cleaning kits & overall camera cleaning kits currently on the market that we’ve tested. It’s not just for lens cleaning, It comes with 13 pieces total, each item serving a specific essential in your camera. It’s the ideal pick for photographers who need their lenses and screens spotless every time they line up a shot.
We’ve tested this kit on 3 different cameras and found it that can handle the more delicate procedures like cleaning the sensor of the camera and lens mount. It’s also perfect for getting your screen fresh and clear, allowing you to see what you’re doing so nothing gets in between you and your next great capture.
The ensemble includes:
- Double-Head Lens Pen
- 5 Cotton Sticks for Cleaning
- Advanced Storage Zipper Bag
- Atomizer bottle (with proprietary lens cleaning solution)
- Small Storage Box
- 6 Dust-Free Cotton Sticks
- Lens Paper
- 5 Dry and Wet Cleaning Towels
- 4 9x10cm Lens Microfiber Cloth
- 1 15x18cm Lens Microfiber Cloth
We were impressed by the advanced storage zipper bag that keeps everything protected, secure, and neatly organized. There’s also the screw storage box that’s great for keeping all those little pieces from getting lost.
Besides looking sleek and professional, this storage box is also highly portable. It’s a zipper bag, so everything is securely zipped inside with nothing falling out and getting lost. It keeps all your supplies tidy and easily accessible, allowing you to focus more on your photography.
There’s a loop for attaching to your camera bag with a carabiner or similar product. It’s a good-sized bag for fitting into a suitcase or backpack, leaving you extra room for other accessories.
Lens Paper Prevents Dust and Scratches
The lens paper measures 7×10 cm lens and is made from pure cotton, making it highly effective at removing all that persistent lens dust. There are five 10x5cm cleaning towels that can be used dry or wet, four lens cleaning clothes measuring 9x10cm, and one larger lens microfiber cloth that’s 15x18cm.
Two Heads Are Better Than One
With the double-head lens pen, you get an ingenious design that provides a dual purpose. It fits nicely in your hand and works perfectly for removing all fingerprint oil from the lens and keeping smudges off.
The brush is soft and gentle enough to prevent scratches but can still get into all of those tight nooks and crannies on the fuselage and lens. This is particularly useful between buttons and switches.
Clean Your Camera Effectively
Most importantly to some, you get an APS-C cleaning cotton stick, made out of ultra-fine fiber. This stick boasts dust-free production with vacuum packaging, allowing you to wipe the sensor of the camera clean with ease. This is an essential specialty tool for this delicate operation.
The Perfect Cloth For Cleaning
The microfiber cloths are soft and delicate – everything you would expect from a high-quality cleaning cloth. It can be safely used on both the lens and screen, leaving both looking spotless.
The dry and wet towel can be used for multiple purposes, including lens cleaning on anything with a lens: everything from glasses to a telescope. And with its antibacterial feature, it’s a cleaning tool that also gives you peace of mind.
Clean Your Whole Camera
You can get into every nook and cranny without risking any damage thanks to the flexible cotton fiber of the cleaning cotton sticks. The cotton head is sturdy and secure – so you don’t have to worry about it falling off and potentially getting lodged inside your camera.
The Right Tool for the Job
To help you handle all the tiny pieces, there’s a handy pair of tweezers. These make the small screws easier to remove, put in place, adjust, and put away for storing. This is nice so that you’re not fumbling around with these minuscule pieces, and you don’t have to worry about finding your own pair of tweezers to work with them.
The atomizer has a highly effective and reliable spraying mechanism that gives you a nice even coating of moisture right where you want it.
When testing the blower included in this kit has a considerable amount of power behind it – enough to handle even the most persistent particles. The double-head lens pen gives you twice the precision power for any type of cleaning situation. And with the finely crafted cotton stick, you never have to worry about damaging your expensive camera’s essential parts like the lens mount.
The blower features a soft mouth design that’s clean and completely safe for all of your electronics. It makes it quick and easier to get every particle of floating dust out of your lens. It’s easy to operate, too: All you have to do is squeeze the rubber ball while pointing the nozzle where you want the air to be directed, and it blows all bits of debris away.
The main cons with this kit is the price, it isn’t cheap and it tends to be out of stock frequently.
CamKix Cleaning Kit
Here’s a lens cleaning kit that’s great for Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and Nikon cameras. This lens cleaning kit includes a lens pen for cleaning (double-sided) and an empty sprayer bottle with no optical cleaning solution. The kit also comes with lens cleaning tissues (50 sheets).
If you’re curious about the precise contents of the lens cleaning kit, they are:
- Cleaning Pen (Double-Sided)
- Lens Tissue (50 Sheets)
- Air blower
- Empty Spray Bottle
- 5 Cleaning Cloths (Microfiber)
It’s a completely comprehensive lens cleaning set – everything you need in one kit. You get multiple tools, including a air blower which from our test was good at removing dirt and fine particulates. The air blower directs a directional flow of air right where you point it, getting the dirt out of your lenses and away from your camera’s sensor. It looks and functions similar to a whoopie cushion.
Lens Cleaning Solution
The included atomizer cleaning solution bottle is reusable, so you’re able to cut back on waste by refilling it with your cleaning solution of choice whenever you run out. The cloth is made of lens tissues & microfiber, you have plenty of options for removing dirt manually. Thanks to the superior materials, you don’t have to worry about scratches and scrapes on your delicate equipment.
Twice the Action in One Tool
The lens cleaning pen is two-sided, serving dual-use purposes. There’s one brush for dust removal and a cleaning element on the opposite side. This element features an advanced design that prevents it from ever drying out. The four cloths you get are 6×7″, with one that is 3.5×5.5″.
Some users have complained of a leaky lens atomizer container, which can be a dangerous problem to have to deal with when working with sensitive electronics. Also, the Atomizer doesn’t have any cleaning solution, when we received it, it was empty. you have to add your own cleaning solution.
An Overall Good Budget Kit
In spite of some mixed reviews, with some buyers not getting the product depicted, this is a perfectly acceptable lens cleaning kit that still leaves a bit to be desired. Nevertheless, it’s a good starter for beginners – however, the more seasoned pros might steer clear of it.
It’s a good kit for those on a tight budget and sells for a reasonable price. Although some consider it basic, it will still cover all your needs as long as you’re not attempting any advanced cleaning jobs.
Movo Deluxe Essentials DSLR Cleaning Kit
This is another lens cleaning kit that includes all that a beginning photographer could possibly need to keep their tools in the best condition.
- Rocket Air Blower
- 10 swabs
- A lens pen
- A plush brush
- 2 microfiber cloths 6×6″
- Tin-oxide cleaning fluid
In the lens kit, the swab, used with the lens cleaning solution, removes dirt and debris easily from your APC-S camera sensor. With the lens pen’s formula that is carbon-based, you’ll find that the carbon end is highly effective at whipping lenses and your LCD display.
This lens cleaning kit offers an upgrade, which includes a loupe: a magnifying glass that allows you to perform a thorough inspection of your equipment once complete. This makes it easy to see if you’ve missed anything that your naked eye didn’t quite catch.
Yes. It’s a handy and attractive container that keeps everything neat, tidy, and all in one place so you don’t lose anything. This case is on the larger side, so it might be too big for your camera bag, but it’s still good to have. All in all, this is a solidly designed product and the price is reasonable enough for most photographers to be able to afford.
The microfiber cloth in this set gives you a gentler way to clean your equipment. A soft brush combined with the rocket air blaster is the perfect way to get the loose dust out of your lens and away from sensitive components in the most careful and caring way possible. You’ll have no trouble excavating every fine particle that threatens your sensor and other electronic parts from all those tuff-to-reach places.
This microfiber cloth is remarkably soft and safe to use on any and all forms of optics technology or digital devices. They’re most useful for removing oily smudges, fingerprints, dirt and other debris off of anything with a lens: telescopes, microscopes, glasses, other precision optical lenses, and more.
Some users hail this as an excellent cleaning kit for those who make maintenance part of their regular routine. It’s a complete set, meaning it provides everything you need without having to go out and purchase numerous additional items to complete your cleaning kit.
You’ll be maintaining your equipment at a professional level, getting your camera completely clean and ready to function at its best. There are plenty of swabs in the set, which may seem excessive at first – but you might find that need them down the road. It sometimes takes a few of them to fully complete the cleaning job if you’re getting a difficult buildup of debris.
So what are the cons? Price, most users are complaining about the fact that the price of this lens cleaning kit simply does not seem justified for what you get. There was also 1 review online about a user who claimed that the sensor cleaner made it even dirtier.
Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit
The Altura Photo cleaning kit gives you a few different options to start with. There’s the Altura standard 2-ounce cleaning solution, or you can upgrade to the all-natural cleaning solution. There’s even an option where you just get an empty container for a lower price, giving you the freedom to choose the cleaning solution you use on your photography equipment and other lensed tools.
In this cleaning kit, you get:
- A photo lens dirt pen
- A photo lens brush
- A photo blower cleaner
- 50 sheets of lens tissues
- 3 extra-large oversized original premium MagicFiber cloths
Beware of Imposters
Digital Goja is the only seller that offers this particular photo cleaning kit. It’s important to watch out for knockoffs because there are plenty out there at similar or higher prices – and much lower quality. These counterfeits aren’t just a waste of money: They also have the potential to seriously damage your equipment!
The Altura kit’s lens cleaner doesn’t contain alcohol, ammonia, and odor. You can use it on any brand or model of camera. The sprayer has an ergonomic design, keeping you comfortable through even the most rigorous cleaning jobs. It also has tight threading so you don’t have to worry about it leaking.
You get 90 days to decide whether or not you like the product. If you’re not completely satisfied, you can return the kit and get your money back with their 100% satisfaction guarantee.
It’s important to note that the products in this kit are not for camera sensors. Although this is clearly stated in the product description and images, some people who have purchased the product made the tragic error of attempting to clean their camera sensor and fatally damaging it.
Some users have found (and also from our own testing) that the brush is prone to losing its bristles, which may get lost in the inner workings of your camera and become difficult or impossible to dislodge. It’s hard to say if this is operator error or poor craftsmanship, but it’s certainly something to be aware of.
There are also users who have reported that this particular lens pen falls short of the original name-brand LensPen. It may leave behind smudges, and some people have commented that they had to buy another product to clean up the mess. In the worst-case scenario, some have reported the cleaning kit products ruining their expensive equipment.
Connor Kovack is a Los Angeles based professional photographer & videographer with over 6+ years of experience. Connor is CEO of KovMedia and specializes in Music Videos, Commercials, Photography & More.