A brand new, quality camera lens is a long term investment which, if treated the right way, will provide years of joy and give you wonderful photos. Many photographers, however, don’t quite realise the kind of TLC that a camera lens needs. Camera lens protection is all about proper cleaning, foolproof storage from a good camera lenses case, and careful handling.
In this article, we consulted our resident photographers for their five best recommendations when it comes to camera lens protection. To guarantee the long-term performance of your camera, you should know a few things about your lens in particular. Here goes!
How to protect your camera lens
Our tips will help you discover some handy hacks against these sources of damage, so your investment will maintain its value for many, many years.
Use camera lens bags
Here’s a scenario: you are travelling by car, and without thinking you put your camera on the passenger seat next to you (or worse, under the 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 risks theft. The solution is a separate lens bag (alongside your usual camera storage). There are a wide range of camera lens bags out there, and you can get a decent Canon lens protector for not too much money.
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 (something that a Canon lens protector or even a Nikon lens protector can’t do!). Also keep it away from radiators and places that might be damp. Somewhere between 5°C and 10°C is a good temperature.
A good camera lens bag is essential for travelling, too. Whether you’re on a long haul flight or you’re just exploring the great British outdoors, camera lens protection will protect your gear from every knock and bump.
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.
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 – this is how you will protect your camera lens from scratches!
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 have found their way in. Either way, servicing your bag every once in a while will help prevent it all building up, so your camera lens remains in pristine condition.
Keep your gear in tip-top condition
You’ll find plenty more information and resources over on our blog, so be sure to take a look. You might even be interested in our article ‘Tips to keep your camera equipment in tip-top condition’.
In the meantime, if you have any more questions about protecting your camera gear, feel free to get in touch here.