How to Look After Your Camera
Author: Matthew Paxton Date Posted:5 September 2016
Cameras are treasures that let capture the moments we don’t want to forget. They can be expensive and delicate, which is why they require adequate care.
All you need is some time, the appropriate tools and some precautionary measures to make sure your camera is kept in tip-top condition and lasts many more trips, birthdays and memories.
Keep it clean
The first step to ensure your camera is looked after properly is to keep it clean. There are certain areas you should focus more than others, but you should always clean every bit of your camera regularly.
Dirt on the outside can easily make its way into the inside of the camera, so wipe it regularly with a dry and clean cloth. You could also use a blower if you like, however, avoid using any cleaners such as window cleaner or similar products. The parts of the camera that you can take apart, such as the lens cover, can be washed.
If possible, always clean the outside of the camera before the inner parts, as there will be less risk of transferring dirt or dust while handling a clean camera body.
To clean the lenses, you can find special lens cleaners, which can come in spray or wipe form. You can wipe the viewfinder as well.
On top of the wipes and sprays, it is also recommendable to get a blower. A blower will remove all dust without creating any spots on the lens, and as we mentioned earlier, you can also use it for the outer parts of the camera, including the sensor. However, you need to be careful when doing this, as the blower can also add more dust into the sensor, so be sure to be cautious.
Use the lens cap
The lens cap should always be covering the lens when the camera is not in use. It shields it from scratches, dust, water, stains and breaks. We also encourage you to purchase UV filters to protect your lens as well to reduce the amount of ultraviolet light captured.
Have a camera bag
Needless to say, a camera bag is an absolute must in order to protect your camera, not to mention makes it much easier to carry it around.
When selecting your bag find one that fits perfectly for your camera, as it will keep it snug and protected. It is also a good idea to get one with many outside pockets and compartments to store extra lenses, memory cards, extra batteries, cleaning utensils and the battery charger.
In addition, you may also need to clean the camera bag from time to time, or maybe even throw it in the wash to minimise dust contact with your camera.
Unless your camera is waterproof, investing in water protection could be a smart move. You can get rain sleeves pretty cheap online, or alternatively, ziploc bags will also do the trick.
Store it carefully
Store your camera in a dry, cool area of the house. Magnetic sources and humidity are your camera’s enemy, so take all the precautions to have a safe and appropriate space where to keep it. If you can’t find any places in your home that isn’t humid, place your camera in a dark closet with some silica gel bags around the camera, as these little bags absorb the moisture and humidity.
Also, always keep the lenses covered and if possible, remove the battery, lens or any removable part of the camera and cover them individually.
If damaged, batteries could potentially jeopardise the well-being your camera, so keeping an eye on them is crucial. Batteries should be stored in a dry, cool place, and must not be overcharged or exposed to high temperatures.