How Do I Get Rid of Dust in My Optical Viewfinder?

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to take a great picture and having pesky dust get in the way.

If your optical viewfinder is full of dust, don’t worry, there are ways to get rid of it. 

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So, how do you get rid of the dust in your optical viewfinder? Keep reading to find out!

How Do I Get Rid of Dust in My Optical Viewfinder?

How to clean camera viewfinder

Using a can of compressed air, aim at the areas covered with dust on your camera lens or other parts on your DSLR and carefully spray them clean while avoiding touching the cleaned areas directly with your bare hands.

If compressed air doesn’t do the trick, you can also try using a blower brush to get rid of the dust.

A blower brush is a small handheld vacuum with a brush on one end. Gently move the brush around the viewfinder, and it should suck up all of the dust.

Cleaning My Optical Viewfinder

What You Will Need

  • Can of compressed air
  • Blower brush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Non-alcohol lens cleaning solution
  • Lenspen

The Cleaning Process

  1. Remove large dust particles from the viewfinder by using a can of compressed air. This helps avoid scratching your viewfinder when further cleaning it.
  2. Use a blower brush to vacuum particles you might have missed. Gently move the blower brush over the viewfinder to suck up any remaining dust.
  3. Now take a clean cotton swab and spray it with the cleaning solution but do not make it too wet since this will leak into the viewfinder.
  4. Gently clean the viewfinder with the wet cotton swab to remove any stuck dirt, grease, or oils. Use small circular motions when cleaning but not too much force; you don’t want to break the viewfinder, do you?
  5. Now use a dry cotton swab to wipe off the dirty solution from the viewfinder until it is nice and dry.
  6. Repeat the process till your optical viewfinder looks clean.
  7. Now it’s time to bring in the lens pen. A lens pen is a small cleaning tool with a brush on one end and a soft cloth on the other.
  8. Use the lens pen to remove any fingerprints that may have been left during the cleaning process, and now you should be done.

Additional Tips and Advice

  1. Never drop the cleaning solution directly on the optical viewfinder; use a cotton swab instead.
  2. Use cleaning kits recommended by the camera manufacturers. Do not use your spit to clean the viewfinder.
  3. When cleaning, do not touch the camera’s internal parts with your bare hands.
  4. Keep your camera bag clean all the time and the body of your camera free from dirt and dust.
  5. Always clean off the exterior parts before cleaning the interior parts of the camera.

Ways You Can Prevent Dust From Getting Into Your Viewfinder

How to remove dust off of camera viewfinder
  1. Always carry your camera in a clean camera bag. The bag protects it from a dusty environment.
  2. Where possible, avoid shooting in dusty places.
  3. Regularly clean your camera; this prevents build-up and ensures your camera is always clean.
  4. Avoid touching your camera with dirty hands.
  5. Use a tripod stand; this reduces the risk of dropping your camera when shooting. Make sure your camera is firmly and correctly mounted on the tripod stand, and you are good to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does LensPen Work?

Lens pens have a unique carbon compound specially formulated to remove fingerprint oils on filters, viewfinders, lenses, screens, and eyepieces.

It comes with a soft cloth on one end and a brush on the other to use when cleaning.

Does Dust in the Viewfinder Affect the Photo?

Dust in the viewfinder does not affect your photo’s outlook or quality; however, it may hinder and inhibit you from properly seeing your object when capturing photos. It is advisable to keep your viewfinder as clean as possible.

Dust on the camera lens, however, can affect your photos. When the dust on the rear part of the lens gets exposed to light, it blocks the light, and this will show on the sensor, leading to dirty images.

Can I Insure My Camera?

Yes, insurance companies cover professional cameras and equipment from various risks like theft, accidental damage, fire, or vandalism.

Premiums payable will vary depending on the risks insured against and the value of the camera insured.

Final Thoughts

Dust isn’t going to disappear overnight, so be prepared to clean your camera regularly if you want to keep your viewfinder clear.

Hopefully, our methods will help you get rid of the dust in your optical viewfinder. 

If not, there is always a professional solution that you can find at an electronics store or camera shop near you.