If we decide to buy or expand our photographic equipment, we make a big economic investment. Often we do not care, it’s our hobby, our passion and we need and hope we have a good team to do it.
When we buy something, we first treat it with love and care: we do not want it to be spoiled, dirty or simply hit. But over time we relax and over time, or with our own use, we end up spoiling what has cost us more money and effort.
Because of this, today we will see the basic care we should take with some of our photographic equipment to prevent the time in it raging and allowing your business to enjoy as long as possible.
A camera consists of two main parts: body and lens. If our camera does not have interchangeable lenses, many of the tips we see in this article for your care are not needed, and so it is much easier to keep them in optimal condition. However, if the lens and body can be separated, it is important that the number of objects increases. The main responsibility for the final result of our photos is the goal. Therefore, it is very important that it is very spoiled.
Storage and Protection
The glass is very delicate and that is the most important part of our photographic equipment. If the glass of our lens is dirty or in poor condition, it may result in low resolution photos or dark spots. To avoid this, keep the targets in a dry, cool, and clean place. This will prevent the lens from getting in contact with dust, dirt and moisture that can damage it.
Remember that these elements (dirt and water) get into the lens and can not be cleaned. So be careful! In addition, you should always keep the lenses with both lids (front and back) and, if possible, in your pocket or case.
When it comes to protecting an object while it’s in use, we have several options:
- The UV filter . They are transparent crystals that are screwed into the lens and thus protect the lens’s own crystal. They do not subtract light, but they can diminish a little the sharpness of the resulting image. However, if they are damaged they will be easier (and cheaper) to replace than an objective.
- The parasol . Although its main use is to avoid the direct incidence of light on the camera’s sensor, they have another very important function: to avoid blows . When there is a sunshade on, the lens glass is more protected and, therefore, all the blows it can receive will be absorbed, in part, by the sunshade. In addition, having a parasol placed in front of our lens will make it very difficult for us to access the glass , so it will be harder to touch it accidentally.
- The lid . Totally essential to keep the lens of our lens in good condition. Whenever you are not taking pictures, put the lid. Even if it makes you lazy to be putting it on and taking it off. Having the cover always at hand will save you from more than one scare. In addition, you must take into account a couple of things: the first is that you must carefully place the lid, no matter how much hurry you have. The second is that you have to make sure it fits tightly. Otherwise you can end up grating the glass, so watch out.
The Transport of Lenses
There are many ways to transport a goal:
- Cloth bags . They are, surely, the worst option of all. The cloth bags usually come as standard when we buy a new lens and, although they are very useful to keep them protected from dust and dirt in general, they are not padded and, therefore, the targets can take hits equally.
- Compartments in the backpack for the cameras . Probably the most used option is to carry all the equipment together in a backpack or bag specially designed for it. In these cases we must take into account something: each compartment must be special for each objective . Most of these compartments are formed by separators that are attached to the “walls” of the backpack with a Velcro system. Make sure your goals are well secured. There is a very simple way to achieve this: place the target in the space that, in theory, should occupy, and then place the separator making sure you hold on tightly to the objective. Before finishing, make sure, too, that the lens can not come into contact with other elements of your equipment to avoid bumps and scratches.
- Nosepiece . Another very valid option because they are small bags specially designed to transport objectives . There are many models, in many shapes and sizes. As with the compartments in the backpacks, when it comes to making one of these, make sure that your lens is properly secured inside the lens holder.
In addition, since we have talked about filters before, it is important to mention that there are specially designed cases on the market to transport them. If you have a large number of filters, it may be a good idea to get hold of a filter holder.
Of course, before taking your photographic equipment out for a walk, stop and think about what you really need . Consider yourself if you need to take all the objectives or filters you have. Keep in mind that as at home, nowhere, so do not use your photographic equipment unnecessarily, you will surely avoid more than one dislike.
Keep the Lens Clean
Remember the proverb: Prevention is better than cure. So we better try not to mess up our goals, so we do not have to clean them up. Keep in mind that many of the goals of the market in their glasses include resins and anti-dust or anti-reflective materials that are reduced with each cleaning. The less we touch her, the better.
However, there are times when it is absolutely unavoidable to touch the glass unintentionally or get dirty from the environment in which we work. In these cases, we need to clean the lens.
But be careful: if you are not careful when cleaning, you can rub the lens of your lens irreversibly. If you are not sure what to do, it’s best to bring the camera to a specialist to clean it.
How to clean the glass of a lens?
The first thing you have to do is acquire a cleaning kit . Or, in other words, get a microfiber cloth , a little cleaning liquid (not worth any glass cleaner, you can get to damage your glass a lot if you use according to what liquids) and a brush of symmetrical bristles .
With the brush, clean the biggest dust. Then, pour some liquid on the chamois (do not do it directly on the glass) and clean making circles from the center of the glass to the outside. Dry it well and, if necessary, go over the corners with the brush.
Do you have a trick to keep clean and care for your lenses? If yes, please share it with us in comments section.