How to Clean Your Camera Gear
How to clean a lens without damaging it?
It safe to clean a lens?
What cleaning kit is best?
These are the questions I’m often asked.
Cameras and lenses are much more rugged than most people think so in all honesty, I don’t fuss much with my cameras. Lenses need to be kept clean, so photos are bright and sharp, but they won’t be damaged by cleaning or rougher treatment as I’ll demonstrate.
Cameras are not fragile. Of course, you shouldn’t throw them around or rub a lens with sand. But some photographers are so nervous about damaging their camera and lenses they are almost scared to take them out and use them…- Mike Browne
How to care for your camera Gear?
How To Take Care Of Your Camera Lenses
1. Avoid touching the surface of your lens. When not using your lens, be sure to put the lens cap on for protection.
2. Cleaning your lens:
- Use a photographic lens brush to remove dust or dirt from the surface.
- Moisten a lens cleaning tissue with one drop of cleaning solution and clean the surface gently.
- Remove excess moisture from the lens surface with a dry tissue.
3. When carrying a zoom lens mounted on your camera, hang it from your shoulder with the lens towards your body to protect it from objects that it might hit.
4. Fine photographic equipment can be delicate. Protect it from any avoidable impact.
5. Always store your lens in a cool, dry place. During humid or wet weather it is an especially good idea to store it whit the silica gel packet that was supplied with your lens.
6. Mounting the Lens
- First, remove the lens cap and body cap.
- Align the dot on the lens rear with the dot from the camera body. Push in the lens and turn it until it locks with a click.
- To dismount it, press in the lens release button and turn it counterclockwise.
7. Do not leave the camera and lenses in hot places, in a parked car under direct sunlight for a long time, because the camera, lenses and battery may be affected.
8. After taking pictures at the seaside or on mountains, clean the lens and camera thoroughly. Salt air will cause corrosion and dust will affect the internal precision parts of the lens/camera.
9. To remove dust and dirt on the lens, use an air blower or a soft lens brush. If they are soiled with fingerprints, wipe off lightly with lens tissue.
10. The lens and camera may be clouded if the camera is brought into a warm room from outside where it is cold. This cloudiness will disappear soon, but it is always advisable to avoid sudden temperature changes because water droplets will cause internal corrosion.Avoid touching the surface of your lens. When not using your lens, be sure to put the lens cap on for protection. Click To Tweet
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