Beginners Guide to Protecting your DSLR and Lens

Keep your Camera Dust-Free

If you’ve invested in buying a digital camera then you’ll want to keep it in as pristine condition as possible.There are many products on the market to help protect your digital camera and lens(es), from air blowers and cleaning kits to protective lens filters and waterproof camera bags, not only to take pictures that are free from dust specs and marks, but also, for the time when you might want to sell your digital camera or lens to fund a new one.

Prevent Scratches

If you’ve just bought a new digital camera (or already own one) then it’s worth paying a little extra to prevent scratches and scuffs, particularly on the lens.Different types of screw-in  filters can be used to help protect the lens, the most common being the skylight filter and UV filter.These filters will do a good job of protecting your lens, but the skylight filter does have a warming effect on photographs, that’s why I prefer only clear glass in front of my lens to protect it, so I only use clear protective filters such as the ‘Hoya pro 1 digital protector filter’.

Lens Hood

If you don’t have a lens hood on your dslr (or perhaps you do have one, but just don’t use it) then you should think again; a lens hood will also help to protect your lens; although they were primarily designed to reduce lens flare, they will also help to protect your lens from knocks and bangs.I’ve read of someone who dropped their dslr and it fell lens down, the lens survived unscathed, thanks to the lens hood that was attached to it,so they do help.

Protect the LCD screen

Another vulnerable part of your digital camera is the lcd screen; an unprotected lcd screen can get many scuffs and scratches, so it’s worth the very small investment of  buying some lcd screen protectors; they’re generally scratch resistant, anti-glare and fingerprint resistant. Lens protectors  will last several months before you need to change the old protector for a new one, and as you get several in a pack, then they should last a long time, so if the day comes when you want  to sell your dslr to upgrade to a new one, then your lcd screen will look as good as the day you bought it.

 

 

Keeping the Lens Clean

There’s a big array of cleaning products for digital cameras on the market to remove dust and marks. I always keep some dslr cleaning products in my kit bag such as a rocket air blower and a lens cleaning pen/brush for removing dust, lens/filter cleaning fluid for marks or fingerprints, micro fibre cloths and lens cleaning tissues; and many times I’ve had to use them too, particularly in dusty enviroments or by the sea; when I’ve got too close to the sea spray.

Shooting in the Rain and Snow

There’ll be times when your photographing that you’ll need to protect your camera and lens from the rain or any other wet enviroment, such as the sea, although some of us will have weather sealed cameras and lenses, many of us will not, so, for those that haven’t, you could use any of the rain protection covers that are on the market, they come in all shapes and sizes and prices and some will even fit over long telephoto lenses.

Camera Bags

If you own a digital camera and lens and accessories, it’s unlikley going to use a carrier bag to lug your stuff around, so you’ll need a good gadget bag. Look for one that’s big enough to take both camera and lens(es), also something that’s well padded to protect your gear. Some will have a plastic rain protector that pulls out over the entire bag to keep it dry just in case you get caught in a shower, and another important thing: make sure it has good comfortable straps.

 

 

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