A Few Tips On Cleaning Your DLSR Camera
Article by My Best DSLR Camera
If you are new to digital SLRs you are probably just now realizing the only truly negative part about owning one of these superior cameras, cleaning isn’t easy. One wrong move and you could end up damaging your camera and have to send it in for a very costly repair. While P&S cameras really don’t need the deep level of cleaning, to keep a DSLR running for years to come, it will need to have cleaning done. You have two choices when it comes to cleaning, pay someone around $150 for the cleaning or do it yourself.
Again, the biggest tip I can give you is BE CAREFUL. Beyond that, here are a few tips in cleaning that will help make the process go a little easier:
- Prepare a cleaning area and make sure you are doing it indoors. You will want to wear lint free clothing and roll up your shelves so nothing gets into the camera and damage it.
- Start with the camera’s outside first. Use an air blower that has a straw tip to get into the small spaces and get rid of any dirt that may be hiding within. A good microfiber cloth, which usually cost only a few bucks, is also a worthwhile investment.
- Sensor cleaning and unless you can really keep a firm hand, you probably will want to have a professional do this part. Remember that the mirror can’t even have light air blown on it or it could end up getting severely damaged. Look into your manual for information about how to clean the sensor properly if you have any further doubts.
- You will need to unscrew the actual lens from the camera body and use the air blower to drive away dust from it. Do not use compressed air, the pressure could damage the lens. Don’t put cleaning solution directly on the lens either, this could cause issues that damage the lens. After cleaning the lens, wipe it off with a dampened microfiber cloth and use a different dry cloth to get rid of excess fluid. This is one of the parts you will probably want to clean the most, and luckily, it is probably the easiest part to clean.
Remember, these are just a few tips on how to clean your DSLR but it this isn’t a full guide on how to do a step-by-step cleaning. Check your manual or even invest in a short book about cleaning for further information. If this all sounds overwhelming you should just save yourself any possible problems by paying for a professional cleaning. Your camera is a precious and sensitive device, cleaning it roughly is just as bad, if not worse, than not cleaning it at all. So what happens if you don’t clean your camera according to schedule? Long story short, the lens ends up dirty and you could cost yourself tons of money overall. If you’ve already invested $500, or likely more, into buying a DSLR camera why take any risk that could hurt your precious baby?