Not only is a DSLR camera an expensive piece of gadgetry but also you will have the insistent need to carry it around everywhere, lest you miss a priceless shot because you are caught without your camera.
Unfortunately, taking your camera along everywhere you go can be quite a pain even if you have it ensconced in the safety of your back pack, it can still get damaged and dirty if you do not tend to its cleaning requirements. So, here is a look at how you can take care of your DSLR camera and make it last for years.
Cleaning the lens
The first step to maintaining your camera in a good condition is taking care of the lens.
You may have several lenses at your disposal but these accessories can cost you dearly, so it’s best to take good care of them as they can often outlast the camera.
You will need to use a very soft cloth that does not scratch the surface of the lens to clean it of debris and dirt.
Ideally, you should only use products specifically designed and recommended for lens cleaning.
However, several amateurs try to make do with the bottom of their t-shirt; this can just lead to lint on the surface which will be very taxing to get off. Using a tissue for the job is not a better option either, so stick to cleaning material recommended by the manufacturer. You can get cleaning supplies from a reputable photography establishment or a camera shop.
To begin cleaning the lens, remove all the dust off the surface and always try to keep the lens clean.
When you get back home, take sometime out to clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution and special cleaning tissues. Ensure that the solution does not drip into the camera assembly; it is always safer to apply the solution on the tissue instead of trying to pour it directly on the lens, which can prove to be an expensive mistake and might even cost you your camera.
Working on the body of the camera
With the lens clean, you should shift your attention to the body of the camera. Always use a soft dry cloth to ensure that no liquids enter the assembly of the device. You can also use a blower brush to get rid of touch grime in hard to reach places. However, make sure that you do not blow on your camera with your mouth as this will lead to moisture accumulation and can worsen the situation.
Working on the Mirror lockup
Sometimes, you may find tiny dust particles trapped on the low pass filter that covers the image sensor. Unfortunately, when this happens, the dust will be seen in the images as well, so it becomes imperative to clean the filter. However, it is a very delicate part of the camera, so you will need to take extra care when cleaning it.
The process may sound tricky but you can clean it at home. You will need to set the camera on mirror lock. To do so, ensure that you have full power or the mirror will close while you are trying to clean the filter if the battery goes dead.
Now, remove the lens of the camera, keep a blower handy that will be used to blow off the dust; make sure that you do not use the brush end because this will damage the filter. Go to the set up menu and select the mirror lock up option and follow the instructions on the screen.
When you press the shutter release button, the mirror will not close unless the camera is switched off or loses power. Hold the device under a bright light to see visible signs of dust accumulation on the filter.
If you see the debris clogging the filter, turn the camera downwards and use the blower to remove the dirt. It is imperative to not touch the filter or try to clean it with a cloth. If blowing does not help, the only recourse is to take the camera to the service station.
On the other hand, if you do manage to get the dirt out, simply turn off the camera and the mirror will go back to its normal position.
Protecting the Camera
While cleaning the camera periodically is crucial for the maintenance pf the device, given its cost, prevention is better than cure. So, here are some tips to protecting your camera.
Ensure that you stow away the camera in your bag after use; never leave it in the open and do not forget to replace the lens cap after use.
As a matter of fact, fitting a filter to the lens is the best way to protect it; this will even protect the lens in case the camera falls down.
Never leave the camera in a place where it might be exposed to extreme temperatures. If you are going to keep the camera in the boot, do not let people know in any way that you have expensive gadgets stashed in the trunk of your car.
Use silica gel to prevent moisture from seeping into the camera and when taking shots in the rain, you can easily use a plastic bag to protect the gadget.
While using your DSLR camera it is often exposed to somewhat rugged conditions and it is extremely important to keep it clean. A DSLR Camera is a big investment that will last many years if it is well cared for.
Always keep it in a cool and dry place. Not a hot car or humid environment. Also do your best to minimize the chance of dust, dirt or water coming in contact with it. The best way to keep your DSLR camera clean and working well is to use common sense, buy a camera bag, and have some lens cleaner on hand.
Lastly, it is important to use common sense to keep your DSLR clean and working for many years to come.
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