Camera Lenses, How to Handle?

The main tip is. .. Prevention! Preven, what?

I know, I know, I have to worry about the scene, with the photometry, with art, with the result and with the equipment?

Well, without him, none of this will make sense, then, Yes, it is very important that you be careful with your equipment, usually they are pretty tough, but always needs a special attention and today I will speak of the main care the lenses of the cameras.

Digital technology develops faster than we think, but some things need to be done every time, regardless of time and advancement of new technologies. The cleaning and maintenance of certain items such as the touchscreen screens and lenses of the cameras.

These new technologies require greater care and the development of new techniques. In the case of photographic lenses, despite various forms of cleanup, some functional and other not so much, and could even undermine our equipment.

To prevent this from occurring, there are several tips, so we’ll see how to proceed correctly in this important task. After all, the lens is and always will be one of the most important and expensive parts of a camera and so deserves all the care in the world, and depending on the model, can be virtually a family entity

So get to work!

Make a light in their initial cleaning lenses

First try removing the dirt lighter before start cleaning heavy dirt. For example, fingerprints and grease. It is necessary to remove particles of dirt, dust, sand, among others, before starting to remove the stains.

I love those keepers 3 m synthetic, but you have to be careful too with them, not to scratch with some sort of grain. And you think I’m exaggerating? I’ve seen a friend supporting the lens on the beach, when asked if he wouldn’t mind scratch it, he replied that for the price you paid, it’s got to be tough … I know you would never do anything like, just commented that there so we can contextualize the possibilities of accidents

Well, in that prior cleaning you can use one of these brushes that women wear to makeup. Give preference to bristles really soft and thin, not to “hurt” the lens, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, ask a woman to lend a blush brush and ask the price, if it with your regular lens, he’s good! Can be a cheaper, but needs to be of quality.

Then proceed with a dry Microfiber cloth (Yes, the 3 m). You can also use some specific cleaning solution, but the choice requires great care and must be purchased in specialized store and not in the supermarket. But invest first with the dry cloth.

And if you do not want to pass the dry cloth, use a light pressure air pump or blow, but beware of the saliva, can ruin the lens, and in this case I’m referring to the back of the lens, which is the contacts. But she is so sensitive that way? No, but saliva is definitely not ideal for cleaning and for sure … even with a light blow air pump and check out before the cloth, because if there is a soft material, he can spread with the cloth by the lens.

As I write, my mind goes visiting cases that I witnessed, like a friend with a super equipment and one of the more expensive lenses I’ve ever seen, just without the protection of their respective covers inside the case, and to my surprise would only increase when I saw that he has fitted out carefully a coxinha inside the case.

Coming back, with the cloth do a circular motion and constant. Always with little force in order not to damage the lens. Repeat the process several times with pauses to check progress and if there is no live dangerous to the health of the lens. Shake the cloth before each repetition.

In dealing with the DSLR lenses do not forget to clean the back too. Although not exposed, worth the watch. Is always a good thing to use UV filters to protect the front.

Oh, I said that you need to be with clean hands? If I haven’t told you before, I mean right now, in fact, very clean.

There are several methods that require the use of products, but many of them will damage the lens rather than cleaned up correctly. Is the case of most homemade liquid material suggestions, like lens cleaning fluid, isopropyl alcohol or Windex.

Just a reminder that Coca-Cola erodes metal, also does not enter the list of products to use.

And as has been stated above, you should buy your lens cleaning products in a specialized store of well-known manufacturers and trusted and consult an expert if you don’t know which to buy.

Always remember that not everything done to clear glass Windows, for example, serves to clean a camera lens, but some people insist on this attempt. We must remember that the composition of these products may contain harmful substances for your camera, even in the General. In the case of some of these products using silicone in the formula or common alcohol, which are extremely harmful to the surface of the lens.

Among the recommended products, the most controversial is the isopropyl alcohol. Some say it works perfectly, but it takes longer to evaporate and can stain the lens.

I confess that I used, millions of years ago when there was video tape of 7 heads, isopropyl alcohol to clean the heads, but one day he just for a little while and I cleaned with alcohol (like JAWS), and it worked.Also for a short time, the heads have died and since then my respect for isopropyl alcohol increased.

But the ideal is to clean the lens with their own solutions that are more expensive solutions, of course, but it works and you can have the belief that they will not ruin the lens. Opt for them always, because the money spent will never be greater than in investing in a new lens for a product purchased.

Having said all that, well, who never in the middle of an event found that accidentally greasy finger on the lens? Or that nephew who just stop when you let him see his picture, but holding the camera and engordurando your precious lens? In this case if you can’t stop shooting at all, take a soft cloth or a napkin and pass from li-ca-of-men-you to attempt to resolve, not worth pub napkin (scratchy mouth), or his own shirt that cloth that is of last generation, that warming in winter and cools in the summer, because who knows what he’s done , 100% cotton is still the safest.

Despite my vocation to “gyro gearloose” in open everything that gives default with my equipment I only work with people and specialized.

If by chance your lens present dirt inside her, or even mildew, send to authorized.

I live in the river and when I need to, I will have my CANON lenses for authorized in São Paulo to NAMBA, and in the case of NIKON to t. TANAKA .

With these tips you will always have your lens in great condition, my photographer friend Carlos Tavares despite very careful, one day you put your professional camera, during the coverage of an event, on a table and completely forgot that I was with the external flash connected to a spare battery in your Pocket (those that get more 4 or 8 cells and connects to flash for a cable) suddenly he got up and saw your camera to pass on your face and tear your lens on the floor … It is against this kind of damage, I don’t know the products listed.

If you know any reliable place in your town, or any method, technique, or even sympathy, share with us!

Until next time!

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