How long have you owned your Camera? A camera is just like any other appliance in your home! It has moving parts and mechanisms, which must be kept free of dust particles, moisture, erosion, etc. In order to keep any appliance which has moving parts operating efficiently, you have to ensure that dust, moisture, or friction’s enemy: erosion, do not infiltrate in-between any of its moving parts. So, in this post, our purpose is to demonstrate how your DSLR Camera’s moving parts can become dirty overtime (inside and out), due to general everyday usage. Carry on reading to learn how to clean your camera efficiently.
Cleaning A DSLR Camera Body & Lens - Let's start by talking about the camera lens. Lenses have rings which are moved manually and automatically by the camera to adjust the focus when in shot and because of this, they do allow moisture and dust particles to settle into the minute spaces inbetween the grooves. Also, our camera’s body has various buttons, dials, rings, etc. These are the features that are manipulated to produce great photography. Each of these contain an opportunity for dirt particles to enter in and create erosion internally. That's like camera Cancer, so don't neglect your equipment and take note of these camera cleaning tips!
Any dirt, when brought into contact with fingers, rain, dust, other airborne particles and atmospheric moisture. Eventually they will seep into the cracks and crevices, between the lens or camera body’s rings, dials and set up shop inside! Any of these minute particles will create spots, scratches, or blurred images across your photograph, which by the way, is a great clue that your camera and/or lens needs cleaning!
Camera Cleaning Kits – Believe it or not, some DSLR cameras do come with their own cleaning kit as a part of the deal when you purchase the item, although it's not something to expect every time you purchase a camera. However, even if your new camera isn't promoted with a camera cleaning kit as an incentive through the sale, you may still be entitled to a cleaning kit with your purchase, so it doesn't hurt to ask! Why not, ask your sales person to include a cleaning kit as a “deal” of closing the sale? If it turns out that you're on your own and a camera cleaning kit is still needed, you do not need to spend inordinate amounts of money on expensive cleaning kits, when you can make you own kit!
Camera Cleaning Tools - Q-tips are easy to find in any home. You can purchase make-up brushes, chamois cloths and lens cleaning cloths to clean your camera lens. Or, if you'd rather purchase a professional cleaning kit, why not check out the ones we've listed below?
1. Nikon Lens Pen Cleaning System
2. Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes
3. Canon Optical Digital Camera and Lens Cleaning Kit
4. Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster Large
5. Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
6. Giottos CL1001 Large Cleaning Kit with Small Rocket Blaster
7. Hoodman Lens Cleanse Natural Cleaning Kit
Does Your Camera Need Cleaning? - First, set your camera to a small aperture and take a picture of a white piece of copy paper. Then transfer the photo to your computer, by USB cable and open the picture for viewing on the computer screen. Zoom in to view any spots, scratches or other abnormalities of the photo image. Alter the contrast of the image, darker to see if any blemishes begin to stand out more. If you see any spots or scratches, that means that it's time for a clean!
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