Taking proper care of your gear ensures that you won’t break the bank too often. It also means that your system will work consistently to deliver expected results. COOPH has put together seven tips that you can follow to take good care of your camera:
1. Proper Cleaning
Dust is one of the greatest enemies of a camera and lens. And there’s so much of it present around us that our gear can be easy victims if we don’t clean it regularly. Ensure the following when cleaning your camera and lenses:
- Use a blower and brush to blow the bigger dust particles off of the gear’s surface.
- To get rid of the finer, stubborn particles, use a lens cloth and wipe gently.
- Use a cleaning solution to clean the contact points.
- Use a rocket blower to get rid of the dust inside the camera. Be sure to have the sensor pointed toward the floor while using the blower. Also, maintain a gap between the blower tip and the sensor, and be sure not to touch the sensor.
- If the dust particles remain on the sensor even after using a blower, set the camera to cleaning mode and use a gel stick or swabs. Be sure to be gentle when doing so. If you’re not confident, seek professional help.
- To ensure that the sensor is free from dust, photograph a long exposure of a clean white wall and move the camera around. Then view the image on your computer screen for thorough inspection.
2. Lens Swapping
When you detach the lens from the body to swap lenses, both the lens and the camera become vulnerable. External factors like water and dust can easily land on the inner part of the camera and the lens, thereby damaging them.
- Never change lenses in the rain. Get to a dry location, like inside your car.
- Make sure it’s not windy with dust blowing all over when you swap your lens.
- Learn to change lenses quickly. By reducing the time you take to change lenses, you reduce the possibility of dust particles entering the system.
3. Get a UV Filter
Get a good quality UV filter for your lens. This protects the front element of your lens from bumps and scratches. However, it’s better not to use UV filters of low optical quality, as they will adversely affect image quality.
4. The Hand Strap
A hand strap can be a lifesaver. Just thinking of dropping your camera can give you nightmares, right?
5. The Lens Hood
A lens hood does more than make your setup look “professional.” It provides shade to the front element of the lens, thereby preventing ghosting and flares. And, if you happen to bump your lens when carrying your camera around, the lens hood takes the damage and protects the lens.
6. The Dry Bag
“Standard Ziplock bags combined with used silica bags make a perfect DIY dry bag.”
While a Ziplock bag makes the setup air-tight, the silica bags prevent condensation by absorbing moisture. You can store your lenses inside using this setup if you have to leave them unused for some time.
7. The Dust Blocker
If you’re planning to travel around in dusty conditions, shower caps make for handy dust blockers. Place your camera inside a shower cap and you won’t have to worry too much.
Be sure to use these simple tips to take care of your precious gear. Proper care will definitely add more life to your camera and lenses.
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