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Article: The essential guide to cleaning and maintaining your Leica equipment

Der unverzichtbare Leitfaden zur Reinigung und Wartung Ihrer Leica Ausrüstung

The essential guide to cleaning and maintaining your Leica equipment

It is undisputed that Leica equipment is of high quality and extremely durable. In order to preserve the quality of your Leica equipment in the long term, professional care and maintenance is of great importance. In this article, we explain how to clean your Leica equipment and thus extend its service life.

Why is cleaning and maintenance important?

Do not underestimate the impact of environmental factors on your Leica equipment. Dust and moisture as well as other environmental influences affect optical precision and technical performance. Dust particles settle on the lenses and sensors, reducing image quality. If moisture penetrates the electronics or mechanics, there is a risk of malfunctions. You should therefore maintain and care for your Leica cameras to protect them from premature wear caused by environmental factors. Maintain the value of your investment by regularly cleaning your Leica equipment. This will also ensure that your camera and lenses work accurately and reliably under all conditions.

Leica equipment maintenance guide: basic care steps

In general, we recommend that you use your equipment with care. This includes, for example, protecting the front element of the lens with a UV filter - especially if you are photographing in sand or salt water, for example. The following basic steps also play an important role in cleaning and caring for your Leica equipment:

  1. Clean lenses: The lenses of your Leica lenses are susceptible to dust, moisture, sand and dirt. All these environmental factors have a negative effect on image quality. Always clean lenses in a low-dust, clean environment. Use fine, lint-free cloths to gently clean your lenses. Use clear water or special cleaning solutions to ensure that fingerprints and dirt particles don't stand a chance. To avoid scratches, you should first remove coarse particles with a blower. A lens brush and a microfiber cloth will then remove more stubborn dirt.

  2. Clean the housing: Dust, fingerprints, sand and other environmental factors affect the camera housing. It should therefore also be cleaned regularly. Soft cloths and gentle cleaning agents are ideal for combating dirt. Under no circumstances should you use overly aggressive cleaning agents, as these may permanently damage the sensitive housing.

  3. Sensor cleaning: As the heart of every Leica camera, the image sensor is particularly susceptible to dirt. Some cameras clean the sensor automatically after each use. However, dust particles can still settle on the sensor and impair the image quality. As a general rule, switch off the camera before changing the lens and only do this in a dust-free environment. You can clean the lens with bellows, a soft brush or a special cleaning cloth. However, extreme caution is necessary here, as the sensor is very sensitive. If in doubt, it is better to send your Leica camera to the manufacturer to have the sensor cleaned. Leica offers a professional cleaning service for this purpose.

By following these steps, you will preserve the optics of your Leica equipment as well as its long-term performance.

Maintenance instructions for Leica cameras

Three points are particularly important when maintaining Leica cameras: battery care, regular firmware updates and checking the mechanics. To ensure that the battery of your Leica camera retains its capacity for a long time, it is important to handle it properly. Especially when the charge level is high, high temperatures are harmful to the camera battery. Therefore, avoid exposing your camera to direct sunlight. However, excessively low temperatures can also reduce the battery capacity. Store all batteries that you are not currently using in a cool and dry place.

Regular firmware updates are essential for maintaining your camera. They improve the function of the camera and correct any errors. Firmware updates for Leica devices can be found directly on the manufacturer's website. You can either install them yourself or in a Leica Store as part of the free service offer.

You should also check the camera mechanics regularly. This will enable you to detect signs of wear at an early stage and, if necessary, introduce preventive maintenance measures. This includes the following aspects:

  • Check the shutter mechanism and listen for noises, irregularities and delays

  • Check autofocus settings

  • Test exposure metering under different lighting conditions

  • Check the control dials

  • Check the sharpness and clarity of the viewfinder and display

If you carry out these steps regularly, you will be able to recognize potential problems in good time and rectify them quickly.

Special instructions for Leica lenses

Leica lenses require special care and attention. This applies above all to the aperture mechanism, as it is crucial for exposure and image composition. Set your camera to manual mode and check all aperture settings. Test whether the blades open and close evenly without any delays. Pay particular attention to any jerking or unusual noises.

Furthermore, the focus ring and the zoom mechanism are crucial for quick and precise adjustment of the image sharpness. Check whether the focus ring can be turned easily and without friction. Also make sure that it reacts precisely by focusing manually at different distances. If you notice any irregularities here or with the aperture mechanism, it is advisable to consult a specialist.

Storage and protection of Leica equipment

Are you not going to use your Leica equipment for a long time? Then you should pay attention to optimal storage. A cool, dry place is ideal for storage - preferably in the camera case or in a protective bag. Under no circumstances should you expose the Leica camera to constant sunlight. Remove the batteries to minimize the risk of corrosion and leaks. Be sure to put the lens cap and lens hood on the lens. This protects the sensitive optics perfectly from dust and damage. If you have a high level of humidity in the room, it is advisable to use silica gel to reduce the humidity in the storage location. This will prevent moisture from entering and causing damage to the equipment.

You can also find the right camera bag for your equipment and everything you need to protect your camera in our Oberwerth Shop. From classic camera bags to modern sling bags up to noble photo weekenders and backpacks. Of course you will also find hand straps and shoulder straps. Finest craftsmanship made from the best materials. Take a look around and find the bags & accessories that best suit you and your equipment!


As you can see: Regular cleaning and maintenance of your Leica equipment is of crucial importance. On the one hand, this ensures optimum functionality and, on the other, long-term value retention. We recommend that you put the tips presented here into practice. In this way, you will keep your Leica equipment in the best possible condition and get the most out of your photographic experience.

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