Are you a budding photographer or entrepreneur looking to do their own photography? Familiarizing yourself with routine maintenance of your product photography equipment is critical in elongating its useful life. This is particularly true for camera lenses as they are the most costly investment in your budget, absolutely fragile and the biggest determinant of picture quality. If you still haven’t done your purchase, you can have a look at the following recommended camera lenses****.
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It will be truly heartbreaking and financially straining to have to replace a lens that hasn’t served its term due to ignorance. When handled with utmost care, lenses do serve a lifetime. The biggest culprits for lens deterioration are dust, moisture, fungus and component repositioning. Nonetheless, all these are avoidable by following a meticulous care regime. Here are a few handy tips to properly care for your lenses.
- Use a UV lens filter to protects the lens. It prevents dust from settling in the lens and also keeps away smudge and finger prints from everyday handling. If the lens happens to encounter high impact such as from a drop or being hit, the filter salvages it from scratch, chipping and other damage. If you think a filter alters picture quality, try some test shots while adjusting settings accordingly to get it perfect. The safety it offers is worth so much more. That said, consider buying a tripod or a neck strap to avoid above mentioned accidental drop.
- Two caps accompany lenses, the front and rear one. These caps must be put back on quickly at all times when the camera is not in use. This includes in between shots when adjusting the studio scenery, changing positions changing lenses and even during storage. Each time a cap is left open is an opportunity for dust to find its way in more so when shooting outdoors.
- Desist from bad habits such as using saliva or blowing breath on the lens to wipe off finger prints or a stain. The moisture in the breath and saliva in the long run lead to condensation and also create favourable conditions for fungus to thrive.
- Change lenses while the camera is facing down. Everytime you switch lenses is an opportunity for dust to get in. You may therefore want to reduce the frequency of changes. Or better yet, invest in a good macro zoom lens to eliminate that need. Check out a few good model here.
- Keep the lens from direct sunray, extreme temperatures and wetness. When not in use, secure your camera, lenses and filters in a waterproof, padded, camera bag or case with compartments. Hardshell cases offer superior protection If you choose to wrap it in a clothe first before storage to avoid friction and potential scratching, ensure the fabric is free from lint. Dry boxes or digital cabinets are ideal for storage. They are water tight and heat resistant. Throw in a few silica gel sachets in the bag during humid weather conditions to ward off fungus growth.
- Invest in a lens care kit. It contains specialised cleaning tools. These are; a unique lens brush, fluid cleanser, swabs, microfibre cloth and air blower. To clean your lens, don’t force it out. Use the release button provided to gently detach it. Always clean when it is facing down to allow particles fall out rather than sit in. Blast out dust using air blower. This can be done on a daily basis if used everyday or after every shoot. For wet cleaning, apply a small amount of recommended lens cleansing fluid and wipe gently in circular motion using microfibre cloth. Wet wiping can be done monthly or 3-6 months depending on regularity of usage.
- If you have to travel with your equipment especially by road, avoid bumpy rides if you can. Keep it on top of the seat cushion. Avoid the trunk or floor of the car where vibrations and shock are felt maximum. Vibrations may cause alterations in the original positioning of some internal components thus affecting the lens functionality.
If you already own quality camera lenses or looking to purchase some soon, adhering to these care measures is guaranteed to keep your photography equipment in good working condition and excellent performance for a long time.