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How often do you clean your lens / camera ?

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02 February 2015 04:41
SandyCamel
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I would apporeciate advice re: lens / camera cleaning.


For example, do you ever do it ?

If so, how do you do it - which products etc.

Do you clean both ends of the lens ?

Is it really neccessary to remove the lens and clean inside the camera with a 'blower thingy ?' - for example if you always use the same lens and never remove it ?


I hope that this makes sense and thanks again for any advice you can give.



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02 February 2015 04:46
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I clean the lenses and/or camera when they need it (ie. if there's visible dust on the sensor or lens).

And no matter how careful you are, and even if you put a brand new lens on a brand new camera (I've done it), the aggressive nature of the shutter mechanism and effects of lens breathing will inevitably introduce specks of dust/shutter lubricant onto the sensor or on the back of the lens.

It's nerve-wracking but sensor cleaning is IMO part/parcel of owning a dSLR and always work from the least invasive method first (ie blower) before working upwards to more invasive techniques (ie. Arctic Butterfly brush then if that fails... wet-cleaning with something like PecPads).
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02 February 2015 05:16
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When its dirty, and before any significant shoot. Isn't this a silly question? When do you clean anything else?


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02 February 2015 05:17
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I clean both ends of my lenses the night before a shoot.

I wet clean the senor using the appropriate sized cleaning pad with solution when I see dust appearing that I can't identify as being on the lens.


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02 February 2015 05:17
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> For example, do you ever do it ?
Constantly, as its needed, which is often. Can be a dozen times or more in a day.

> If so, how do you do it - which products etc.
Cotton cloth and isoproponyl.

> Do you clean both ends of the lens ?
Yes

> Is it really neccessary to remove the lens and clean inside the camera with a 'blower thingy ?' - for example if you always use the same lens and never remove it ?
Yes.







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02 February 2015 05:19
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I use Sensor Swabs from photo solutions and the correct cleaning fluid for the camera so as not to take off any protection coating on the sensor.


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02 February 2015 05:28
SandyCamel
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Brilliant !


Thank you for your advice every-one - really very much appreciated !


I will be off to buy the required cleaning products ready for the next shoot !


I haven't cleaned the camera since purchase so a few years of cleaning to do !
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02 February 2015 05:32
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Quote from SandyCamel

Brilliant !


Thank you for your advice every-one - really very much appreciated !


I will be off to buy the required cleaning products ready for the next shoot !


I haven't cleaned the camera since purchase so a few years of cleaning to do !


Check photo solutions website to find out which solution you should use for your sensor. Some will eat the protective coating off, which is never a good way to start the day.

You also need to buy the correct size for the size of the sensor you have otherwise it'll either not fit or slide all over the sensor. Again the photo solutions site will tell you what you need.


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02 February 2015 05:35
SandyCamel
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Quote from HowardJ
Check photo solutions website to find out which solution you should use for your sensor. Some will eat the protective coating off, which is never a good way to start the day. You also need to buy the correct size for the size of the sensor you have otherwise it'll either not fit or slide all over the sensor. Again the photo solutions site will tell you what you need.





Okay, thanks Howard. 
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02 February 2015 06:54
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For cleaning the sensor, I would only do it when it's needed (when it takes more than a couple of clicks to sort in PP). I only use a wet solution if there appears to be an oily residue on the sensor. The dust aid is very good for removing dust spots (uses a tacky pad). Personally, I would never use a blower on the sensor as it just moves the dust rather than getting rid of.

As for cleaning lens's, every time before I use it. I use the Ahhh method first (breathing on it) along with a microfiber cloth. If heavier cleaning is required, a wee drop of isopropyl alcohol does the trick.



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