Carbon has the ability to absorb huge amounts of oils and contaminants, including fingerprints, while leaving no residue on glass surfaces.

Cleaning tips and pads on LensPen products are all impregnated with a unique carbon compound similar to the one found in printer’s ink – the reason why newspapers have been used to clean windows for generations.

“Nikon, Canon, NASA and the United States Marine Corps are among the many organizations that trust LensPen products,” said Ryan Keating, vice president of marketing for the LensPen Group. “They not only buy them, they put their names on them as well.”

All LensPen lens cleaners include a soft, retractable brush for removing loose dust and a carbon-impregnated cleaning tip for removing fingerprints from lenses of all sizes, from DSLRs to cell phone and iPad cameras.

When a lens is touched, it’s usually by mistake. When an iPad or tablet is touched, it means it’s being used. SideKick™ is designed to remove fingerprints from iPad and tablet touchscreens. The cleaning pad on a SideKick is thicker and larger than the cleaning tip on any LensPen lens cleaner. SideKick replacement cleaning pads are available.

Sensors aren’t touched, but the LensPen carbon compound still plays a key role. Carbon helps remove the electrostatic charges that build up on the sensor surface. SensorKlear II™, with its carbon tip and articulating head, is designed to work with the SensorKlear Loupe® to clean DSLR sensors.

“Nothing works like a LensPen,” Keating said. “Tissues and cloths will remove some of the oil, but a thin residue will remain, and it will continue to build over time. Lab tests have proven LensPen products to be the most effective way to remove fingerprints.”

LensPen products are available on Amazon, Best Buy and other fine retailers. For more information on LensPen products, go to Click on “How To Use” for videos demonstrating LensPen lens cleaners, SideKick, and SensorKlear II and Loupe.


Microscopic photos of a lens surface marked with a regular fingerprint. From left: lens prior to cleaning, after cleaning 10 seconds with a high-quality optical cloth, after cleaning 10 seconds with an optical tissue, after cleaning 10 seconds with a LensPen®.

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