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Old July 16th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just noticed today that the small film on my camera lens has dirt under it and looks like crap. Is that suppose to be peeled off anyway?

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Old July 16th, 2013, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is that suppose to be peeled off anyway?
Yes.

Then clean the lens carefully with cotton soaked in rubbing alcohol or with an alcohol pad.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 02:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My S4 doesn't have a film over the camera lens. When it was unboxed, there was one of those film protectors over the camera and it was most definitely supposed to be removed from the lens.

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I can't seem to get my fingernail under it to get it off (which was why I left it in the first place).
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I can't seem to get my fingernail under it to get it off (which was why I left it in the first place).
A wood tooth pick. A pencil eraser. A cotton swab. A 16 pound sledge hammer.
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A wood tooth pick. A pencil eraser. A cotton swab. A 16 pound sledge hammer.
CRAP. I didn't have anything but the sledgehammer.
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Do you have a case on your phone?
If so, take it off and see if one of two things happen
1) the film is gone (it's now on the inside of the case)
2) you can now use something smaller than the sledgehammer that Frisco is handing you to access the film.
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CRAP. I didn't have anything but the sledgehammer.
Kidding aside, if it's been on a longer while than intended to be, it may have dried onto the lens. Just take some rubbing alcohol to it on cotton (like a Q-tip or cotton ball). That type of alcohol is used by techs to clean electronic parts, etc, as it evaporates quickly and leaves no residue.

A clean small piece of wooden article, such as the mentioned tooth pick will work, as will a pencil eraser.

But the sledge.. now that could be fun. Expensive, but fun.
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Do you have a case on your phone?
If so, take it off and see if one of two things happen
1) the film is gone (it's now on the inside of the case)
2) you can now use something smaller than the sledgehammer that Frisco is handing you to access the film.
I got it I finally got my fingernail up under the top of it.
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We never doubted that you could do it!
Well, Frisco did there for a while, but I convinced him that you be able to get the job done.
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Then clean the lens carefully with cotton soaked in rubbing alcohol or with an alcohol pad.
Never use any solvents on the lens shield or any part of the device, a nice lightly moist "with watter" micro fiber cloth will do the trick. And yes the film should have been removed from the get go.
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I removed the film on my first GS4 but thus far have left it on my current GS4. No ill effects in pics noted. I do have a case (Speck Candy Shell Grip). But since my pics look good, I've just never bothered to remove it.

It's a bit odd in that the film has a hole in it right over the camera lens... almost as if it was intended to be left in place. But I don't really know that it serves any purpose, especially when the GS4 is in a case that protects the lens.
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