Digital Camera Cleaning and Maintenance
It’s too easy to go home after a day of shooting, remove the memory card, play with new images and forget about the maintenance of your equipment.
If you are like me, something new to save time (car, motorcycle, watch, glasses, etc.), impeccably cleaned at least once a day. Then, after a few weeks, falling to once a week and then just “occasionally strange” or when they are really dirty.
Because photography is my livelihood, I have to physically grab my camera bag, go sit in a quiet place and take a good half hour to an hour after filming to clean each piece of equipment I used.
This kit has thousands of costs and cleanliness has a direct relationship with the quality of my images and longevity of use. Not only that, but upgrading my computer, you can sell my old devices at the best price.
These are the checks I make;
Cleaning and Care of Digital Cameras – Objectives
Obviously, being very careful when cleaning the glass is what makes lenses so expensive and expensive to repair or replace. Use only fine solutions of paper and alcohol that are designed for the camera lens. Clean first front and rear elements with a first blower brush to remove dust particles.
The last thing you want to do is scrape off the smallest piece of dust through your lens.
Also use the bristles of a blower to clean the moving parts of the outer cylinder brush. This prevents the accumulation of dirt over time and maintains proper functioning, helping to prevent dust from entering the internal optical system.
Make sure to clean the brush or replace too often otherwise simply spread small particles of grease and dirt onto the lens.
Cleaning and Care of Digital Cameras – Camera Sensor
The more talked about and questioned the problem with maintaining digital SLR is the sensor and the accumulation of dust. If you are not sure how to do, wait until the dust sensor is at a point where it is unbearable (most specifications are easily and quickly removed in the editing), then a professional cleaning.
Damage a sensor is expensive …
If you intend to do it yourself, just be careful. Set the camera to manual 30 second exposure. It takes time to clean the sensor, but using the bulb setting (“B”) could be an error.
If you accidentally, the trigger is in danger of damaging the mirror, shutter, sensor or three closed while cleaning the sensor. Even if you use a remote control set “B” on the remote control batteries could sell and close the shutter prematurely.
With a fully charged battery in your camera and a delay of 30 seconds, you know where it is.
Once the shutter is open, hold the camera so that the sensor is down and use the fan (without brush) to blow up the dust sensor.
NB The chamber is thus maintained to allow the dust to fall from the chamber and the brush is removed if the touch sensor and adds grease stains or dust rather than removing it.
If the sensor is very dirty, you can purchase cleaning kits with tampons where the physical touch the sensor to “clean” dirt. Again, you need a small hand and a great care to do so, so if you are not sure, seek professional help.
Cleaning and Care of Digital Cameras – Mirror Screen / Focus
Unless you can barely see through the viewfinder (exaggeration), I tend to leave the mirror and the screen focusing other than a single quick shot / shot with a blower brush. The only time I would give more attention is whether the risk of dust sensor transfer is running.
Dust on the mirror or screen does not change the final image, so that the dust you see in the viewfinder does not affect the image (although excessive dust on the screen may affect the accuracy Of the approach).
Again, be careful because the mirror in particular is extremely sensitive and easily scratched.