Purosol Lens Cleaner Review

I generally keep any chemicals as far away from my DSLR as possible. I don’t use wet swaps on my sensors, I don’t use any liquids on my lenses. Ok, that being said I was recently in Maui for a week, we had a condo right on the beach and each day we are out shooting the beach, waterfalls, rain forests, and other amazing sites. The problem is the salt in the air stuck to the lenses like glue. While I normally would pull out my LensPen, I was fairly concerned that there would be fine particles of sand and I didn’t want to risk any scratches, no matter how small. This is when I remembered I had a bottle of Purosol Lens Cleaner in my bag.

At the recent PMA show the PR rep for Purosol had given me a small sample bottle and although, as I said earlier, I generally do not use any liquids, I tossed it into my camera bag. Ok, before I get into it, let’s look at Purosol’s pitch.

According to Purosol’s website, it was originally developed for NASA and the US military for use on high-end multi-coated optics.

“Using the latest in surface chemistry, it breaks the molecular bonds that dust, dirt and grime use to adhere to the lens. Purosol Optical is streak-free and leaves an anti-static barrier which repels dust, meaning you will have to clean your lens less frequently.”

Purosol also states that it is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, nonflammable, sterile and completely biodegradable.

So it sounds like pretty good stuff…the question is…does it work?

I sprayed a little into a good microfiber cloth and dabbed at the spots on the lens. One by one they started coming right off. Within just a few seconds the lenses looked absolutely perfect. This certainly got my interested up and I started cleaning things. Purosol does an excellent job on oil-based smears, such as fingerprints and other body oils that get on eyeglasses and the LCD screen on the camera.

While I am not going to toss my LensPen, I am convinced there is a spot in my camera bag for a bottle of Purosol. For those times when you need to cut through the oils or sticky sand/salt specs, Purosol will certainly help keep my gear nice and clean.

Amazon: Purosol cleaing products

Purosol website: http://purosol.com

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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7 Responses

  1. JoeR says:

    Thanks, Kerry. Could not be more timely advice for me, as a new season of sand volleyball is just beginning.

  2. Jason says:

    As long as you are close to pure alcohol (like in the 99%+ area) it's not really a chemical and will evaporate almost instantly – it stays on just long enough to break the bond that (like you said) other particles have with the lens coatings….so they fall off without scratching! 🙂 My go-to is Eclipse but I am guessing the component molecules are pretty similar…

  3. Jason says:

    As long as you are close to pure alcohol (like in the 99%+ area) it's not really a chemical and will evaporate almost instantly – it stays on just long enough to break the bond that (like you said) other particles have with the lens coatings….so they fall off without scratching! 🙂 My go-to is Eclipse but I am guessing the component molecules are pretty similar…

  4. rsmith4321 says:

    I’m assuming you are not a working photographer because you sound very silly. I have to wipe down my 24-70 and 70-200 nikon lenses with whatever I can when they get covered in beach crud or whatever. It glass, what are you so worried about. You will never see fine searches in the glass in images.

    • kgarrison says:

      No, I am just very anal about my gear and try hard to keep it in the most pristine condition possible. I know I can finish a shoot with dust and water drops on a lens and it wont show in the final image but then I take care to clean the well before the next shoot.

      • Ryan says:

        If I ever mess up my lenses enough I will replace them. I guess it depends where you are shooting. But my lenses will get layers of salt spay on them mid shoot sometimes. I just don't see why being anal about gear is a good thing in any way for a working pro. Most pros have pretty beat up gear. I am careful about when I change lenses, I don't want sand inside the camera. Its just there are some things that are important, but being anal about lens cleaning isn't. Water drops can show on an image by the way, salt spray very much will.

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