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How To Care for Your Camera And Its Body Parts

Camera lenses, bodies, and accessories are vital investments that require maintenance. Nothing is more frustrating for a digital photographer than missing a shot due to faulty equipment.

To avoid disappointments, this article gives you essential maintenance steps. Read on for care tips that will keep your gear, giving you beautiful, clear images for years to come. 

1) Lens Caps: Front and Back

Making the commitment to always keep your lenses’ caps when not in use protects them and keeps them safe, clean, and scratch-free, thoroughly. 

2) Blower

Even when stored, dust gathers on our lenses and cameras. When you take lenses out of the bag and after removing the front lens cap, making use of the blower to remove dust is an action that prevents smudges on the images from being removed during post-processing.

Another critical use of the blowers is to blow through the lens's grooves before removing it from the camera, especially if you are in a dusty or sandy environment. Wait for the dust to settle before removing and changing lenses. 

3) Lens Cleaners

Lens cleaners come in single packs, multiple packs, wipes, or sprays. Buy these in bulk and keep them in your camera bag, laptop bag, car, and home storage space. Even after cleaning the lenses, use the wipes to keep the other parts of your camera clean. Remember to wipe the viewfinder and Live View screen.

4) Swap lenses in a protected environment

If you have a camera with interchangeable lens, be careful when changing lenses, as that is an excellent opportunity for debris to get into the camera. Try placing the camera a little bit down when fixing the lens; this would prevent dust from being drawn into the camera.

Shooting outdoors puts your camera even more at risk during this operation, so try to find a way to protect the camera while changing the lens. You can use a jacket or T-shirt as a kind of protector, if your camera bag is big enough, do the lens change in it.

5) Camera Bag

Several high-quality backpacks and camera bags come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and structures. Getting the appropriate camera bag or bags takes time, especially as your gear collections grow.

For storage and travel, choose a sturdy bag with multiple compartments that offer adequate protection and water-resistant/repellant.

Tip: take your belongings with you when selecting a camera bag. Or if you order online, check out the pictures of the bags and check their measurements. Then, put down your stuff you'd keep in the bag with an inch between each item and measure for compatibility.

6) Silica Gels

Our cameras are prone to many conditions; indoor heat, air conditioning, and external elements. Taking silica packs found in packaging materials or silica capsules in medicine packs (such as Acetaminophen, Excedrin, and Aspirin) and putting them in your camera bags will aid in absorbing moisture.

Warning to pets and children: if these are in your bag, keep them out of the reach of children and pets. Silica should not be consumed and is poisonous.

Final Thoughts

Cameras and their accessories are expensive. The downtime without this equipment can be costly and annoying. By taking a few minutes to clean, inspect, and protect your belongings, you can be sure that you will be back on track.

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