It is important to always keep your camera and your lenses clean. So this week I thought I would show you how to do that.
The first thing that we will discuss is what you use to clean certain areas of your equipment.
- The best way to remove large debris from your lens is by using a Rocket Blower.
- Clean Microfiber Cloth
- Once the large objects have been removed the glass element should be cleaned with a Wet Cleaning Solution. You can use Cleaning Fluid and a clean microfiber cloth or a pre-moistened wipe.
- Sometimes wet cleaning solutions will leave a streak so I often use a tool called a LensPen by going over the area additional time.
Your Lens Barrel
I personally recommend not using any wet solutions on the lens barrel, as liquids can get into the lens easily and destroy the electronic focusing motors. You can use a toothbrush or LensPen. It is never recommended to clean the lens contacts unless you’re receiving some sort of error code. If you are receiving a connection error code, you can try to clean the contacts using an cotton swab.
95% of the time dust on or in a lens won’t have any effect on the image quality. If you are seeing dust, it’s almost always because it’s sitting on your sensor. To test if your sensor has dust on it, go into a bright environment and shoot at f/12-22. You will be able to see the dust as dark spots on your images.
Many newer DSLRs have a function built in for auto cleaning the sensor. You can find this function in the Tools menu on your camera. When you use this, the camera gives the sensor a series of micro-vibrations that knock the dust loose. You may have to repeat this process several times. You can also set your camera to auto clean your sensor when you turn your camera on and off.
If you don’t have this feature on your camera, there is a way to manually clean your sensor. Sensor swabs are specially designed cleaning pads for camera sensors. To use swabs you will need to keep your mirror up, you don’t want your mirror to come down while your swab is still inside your camera. If you don’t have the manual clean function on your camera, set your exposure to Bulb. The Bulb setting will allow you to keep the mirror up until you release the shutter.
Using Sensor Swabs with a few drops of cleaning fluid they will wipe your sensor clean. GENTLY wipe the swab across your sensor ONCE, ONE WAY. Then change directions and swipe the other way. If you need to repeat the process, use a new swab.
And that is how you do it! I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog. If you have any suggestions or questions, please email, comment, or private message me on Facebook!