How To Properly Maintain A DSLR Camera
Anyone interested in photography will be well aware of the fact that DSLR cameras are anything but cheap. From the body to the lenses to the SD cards needed for memory, the financial investment can be extreme. For this reason, it’s imperative to always ensure that the camera is properly maintained at all stages of this life.
For those that currently own a DSLR camera or are wondering about what it takes to keep one running as well as possible, make use of the following maintenance tips and tricks to avoid any unwanted outcomes.
1. Cleaning The Body
Regardless of the type of photography the camera will be used for, the body needs to be kept as clean as possible throughout its life. Dust and grime are constant problems, and if any gets into the inner mechanical working of the camera, it can cause permanent damage.
At least once a week it’s worth taking the camera and wiping it down with a microfibre cloth, ensuring that every surface is cleaned as well as possible. Avoid any moisture where possible, but if some of the grime encountered tends to be persistent, having some distilled water nearby can be helpful.
2. Clean The Lens Regularly
A quality lens can often be just as expensive as the camera body itself, and while they’re both extremely delicate, the lens needs extra care when handled, otherwise it may be necessary to buy bitcoin credit card to replace it. This also applies to keeping it as clean as possible.
Here, a completely dry microfiber cloth is recommended, and when cleaning the lens, it’s vital to start in the middle and work outward in small circles. This will ensure that no scratches will occur on the glass and cause problems during the image capture process.
3. The Mirror and Screen
Changing the lens is something that a photographer will do fairly regularly, and it’s during this time that dust is able to enter and accumulate on the mirror. This is the last place a photographer will want dust, so it’s another part of the camera that needs as much cleaning as possible.
Just below the mirror is the focusing screen, which will also need to be cleaned as regularly as the mirror. Make sure to use a soft microfibre cloth and a steady hand when cleaning, as these are some of the camera’s most sensitive parts.
4. The Image Sensor
If blurry spots begin to appear on the picture that are taken, there’s a good chance that it’s being caused by dust building up on the image sensor.
There are many cameras out there that come with automatic image sensor cleaners built right in, but this doesn’t apply to all cameras. Many others will have image sensors that can be removed completely, and when they have, they can be wiped down with a cloth to remove any dust and dirt.
5. The Lense Mount
The lens mount is where the electronics of the lens and the camera are able to make contact, and if any dust gets in the way, it may interfere with the camera’s ability to take clear images.
Here again, a microfibre cloth can help remove any unwanted dust.