Camera Lens Care
A brand new, quality camera lens is long term investment which, if treated the right way, will provide years of joy and wonderful photos. Many photographers, beginners especially, do not realise how easily a camera lens can be affected by scratches, dirt, water and shock.
How to protect your DSLR camera lens
This guide will help you discover some handy hacks against these sources of damage, so your investment will maintain its value for many, many years.
If you are travelling by car, the worst thing to do is to put your camera bag on the floor in front of the passenger seat. Here, your precious equipment, including your lens, will be put through the wringer from vibrations coming from the engine and going over bumps. Although lenses are surprisingly durable, it can be possible for them to shift position or loosen.
Sure, you can leave it on one of the back seats, but this is asking for thieves to steal it. The safest option is to place it in the boot, with a folded blanket underneath to absorb the vibrations.
How to store camera lens in a bag
You won’t have your camera with you at all times. Some days it will be kept at home or at work. Keep this equipment in a Dave 500 case so it’s shielded from daylight. Alternatively, invest in a couple of LensPacks to attach to the interior of your camera bag. Also keep it away from radiators and places that might be damp. Somewhere between 5°C and 10°C is a good temperature.
Prepare for wet weather
Ironically, the wet weather makes for the most magical lighting. But what if your camera and its lenses aren’t weather proofed? There are plenty of accessories available that you can waterproof your camera with. Unless you are planning to fully submerge your camera, these accessories won’t be expensive. Rain sleeves are one of the cheaper options available to you.
Keep a Lens Cap on!
The easiest way to protect your lens from damage is to keep your lens cap on! We have all been there, happily walking around with the camera around our neck and then somehow it hits something. By keeping your lens cap on, it will take away a lot of the shock if you collide with something.
How to clean your lens
Using your t- shirt to dry or clean your sensitive camera lens is a fantastic way to send your camera into early retirement. Lens coatings are delicate, and can scratch easily. This is why using an actual lens cloth is vital in keeping your optics clear. Make sure you remove hefty particles from the lens first with an air puffer before you start wiping, to avoid scratching.
Cleaning your camera bag
If you have had a camera bag for a couple of months or years, you will know that they just collect “stuff”. Somehow grass and dust has made its way inside when you are on an outdoor shoot, or perhaps dog and cat hair has been magically swept in. Either way, servicing your bag every once in awhile will help prevent it all building up, so your camera lens remains in pristine condition.