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    In some states, mine included, it is illegal to purchase Everclear unless
    you apply for and are granted a special license to use it for non-drinking
    medical purposes (to treat antifreeze poisoning).

    "Ektarkid" <Ektarkidhotmail.com> wrote in message
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    > Q-tips and Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol from the local liquor store.
    > I've been using this for years....don't use rubbing alcohol as the
    > denaturing agent may attack lens coatings. A pint bottle was 5.99 or so
    last
    > time I bought it...and that was years ago. Just get the Q-tip DAMP..not
    > soaking wet.....swab the lens and wipe it off with a lens tissue or a
    > mirco-fiber cloth.
    > "Dark" [email]Helios35966[/email]
    >
    >
    > "bucko" <buckoproductionsrcn.com> wrote in message
    > news:300620031926007905%buckoproductionsrcn.com.. .
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I just wanted to know if there is such a thing or are they all alike?
    > > Is there a popular brand that people use and which one and why? Thanks
    > >
    > > vicky
    >
    >

    Paul Gustafson Guest

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    bucko wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I just wanted to know if there is such a thing or are they all alike?
    > Is there a popular brand that people use and which one and why? Thanks
    >
    > vicky
    I like Formula MC from Peca Products. The lable says it's a
    "multi-coated filter and lens cleaner" -- I haven't gotten
    any smears or residue from using it on my multi-coated
    filters and lenses, so I guess it works. In contrast, I
    got smears when using Kodak lens fluid on Nikon filters (but
    not on B+W MRC filters) -- I still can't get it off.

    --
    M2

    Michael Moore Guest

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    sounds like you are just out of luck. it isn't available in Canada either,
    unless things have changed.

    rma

    "Paul Gustafson" <laservetNOSPAMcox.net> wrote in message
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    > In some states, mine included, it is illegal to purchase Everclear unless
    > you apply for and are granted a special license to use it for non-drinking
    > medical purposes (to treat antifreeze poisoning).
    >
    > "Ektarkid" <Ektarkidhotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:vg44gtjegdv55corp.supernews.com...
    > > Q-tips and Everclear 190 proof grain alcohol from the local liquor
    store.
    > > I've been using this for years....don't use rubbing alcohol as the
    > > denaturing agent may attack lens coatings. A pint bottle was 5.99 or so
    > last
    > > time I bought it...and that was years ago. Just get the Q-tip DAMP..not
    > > soaking wet.....swab the lens and wipe it off with a lens tissue or a
    > > mirco-fiber cloth.
    > > "Dark" [email]Helios35966[/email]
    > >
    > >
    > > "bucko" <buckoproductionsrcn.com> wrote in message
    > > news:300620031926007905%buckoproductionsrcn.com.. .
    > > > Hi,
    > > >
    > > > I just wanted to know if there is such a thing or are they all alike?
    > > > Is there a popular brand that people use and which one and why? Thanks
    > > >
    > > > vicky
    > >
    > >
    >
    >

    ralford Guest

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    "Bart van der Wolf" <bvdwolfnospam.nl> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Jim Phelps" <Jim.PhelpsMI.com> wrote in message
    > news:3f013eea_3news5.uncensored-news.com...
    > SNIP
    > > Bart,
    > >
    > > There is some thought that breath is not the best to clean lenses as
    it
    > > may contain a significant amount of bacteria. That may lead to FUNGUS.
    >
    > There is fungus in the air we breathe, which is different from bacteria.
    > Fungus usually thrives in moist atmospheres, so storing damp is a no-no. A
    > short period of dampness, which evaporates if you're not quick enough with
    > the microfiber cloth, won't hurt, and the microfiber cloth will remove
    lots
    > of residue with only light pressure. If you live in tropical environments,
    > it is good practice to store sensitive equipment (and stuff like leather
    > straps and casings) in a closed container with an adequate amount of
    > desiccant (e.g. silicagel). Abrupt temperature changes from cold to warm
    and
    > moist, will cause condensation on the surface, so letting equipment
    > acclimatize in it's "dry" container before use is recommended.
    >
    > > Now, I'm not sure if I buy this 100%, but if it has an iota of truth to
    > it,
    > > I'm not sure I want to risk a lens that cost $4,500.00!
    >
    > There is no risk for short periods of time. Prolonged storage/use in
    adverse
    > conditions should be avoided if possible. FWIW physical contact with the
    > coating by rubbing with cloth or cotton or paper is probably more
    damaging,
    > but needs to be performed occasionally (but not frequently). It's a
    > trade-off...
    >
    > Bart
    >
    >
    Bart,

    You are correct about the fungus in the air we breathe. However, most
    fungi need a quite, warm, humid place to live and eat. Why feed them with
    our bacteria? Like I said, there's some discussion about this, so I thought
    I'd throw it in the mix.

    Jim




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