FIVE GREAT MAINTENANCE TIPS
Whether you’ve invested in an entry-level DSLR or went all out for the big boy, it’s imperative that you maintain your camera to ensure its longevity. Here are some handy maintenance tips:
ENEMY #1 – HUMIDITY
Humidity is your camera’s nemesis, and harmful to your imaging sensors. Keep your camera dry and away from extreme weather conditions. Avoid bringing your camera in from the cold to a warm room. Use protective, padded bags or cases.
KEEP IT SPICK ’N SPAN
Use a soft, microfibre cloth to effectively clean your lenses and camera. Also, remember to wipe down the exterior for dust that could creep inside the body.
CAPS AND HOODS
Lens caps and lens filters protect your lenses against scratches and damages. Although lens hoods are meant to block the sun’s glare, they’re great for protecting your lens’s edge.
SPOTS ON YOUR SHOT
If you notice any dark, dirty spots or splotches on your images, it’s a sign that your camera needs a clean. Using a sensor loupe will help identify the spotty areas and an airbrush will blow and wipe dust away.
STORING YOUR CAMERA
Avoid leaving your camera (even if it’s in your bag) in the boot of your car in the heat or leaving it in below freezing temperature. These extreme temperatures are not your camera’s friend.