Thursday, August 19, 2010

Moisture on your Lens

This time of year all photographers are plagued with the same problem…moisture on the lens. I cannot tell you how many times I would get to the location just in time to snap off a few shots only to find that my lens was fogged over. No matter what I would do the fog would just come back. Why does this happen and how do we fix it?

Why? It has to do with taking your gear from inside a dry air-conditioned place to a hot and humid environment. When this happens condensation builds up instantly and it cannot be removed UNTIL….

How do we fix this issue? There is pretty much one way to fix this problem. Your gear has to warm up to the ambient temperature before the condensation goes away. The best way that I have found is to take your gear bag with all the equipment and place it out side while still closed. In about 20 to 30min. you should be fine. This allows the temperature inside the bag to slowly rise to the ambient. Using this method will ensure that you can take shots when you are ready without the worry of condensation. However, this does take some additional planning (make sure to show up early!!).


  1. Aw, man! I thought you were going to suggest some microfiber cloth or something. LOL Good suggestion about the camera outside for a little bit prior to shooting.

  2. When the humidity is that thick you can whipe the lens a thousand times but the fog comes back in micro-seconds.

  3. OOoooo thanks for the advice. Never knew that, that happened to me one day and I was like... why is this foggy? LOL

  4. Thanks for stopping by Jessica! This used to drive me insane until I figured out why it happened and how to fix the problem.