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Cleaning Your Digital Slr Camera

Aug 28, 2008
For a number of people with SLR digital cameras, cleaning their babies may be a daunting task. You cannot blame them, one wrong move, and poof, that rather expensive piece of item may need a professional fixing that may cost an arm and leg. That is why a lot of people are willing to fork over up to $150 to have their cameras professionally cleaned to avoid any mishaps.

However, cleaning your digital SLR should not be as intimidating as people perceive of it if the right tools are used. Here are some tips in cleaning that SLR digital camera of yours.

1.Prepare your cleaning area. Make sure you do your cleaning indoors, in a place that is clean and dustless. Wear lint free clothing like spandex and of ever you are wearing long sleeves, roll up your sleeves to avoid getting lint on your SLR camera.

2.Start with the outside body of your camera. The nooks and crannies where dust and grime accumulate, use a air blower that has a straw tip to target those really small spaces to blow out the dirt. Then give it a good wipe with a microfiber cloth you can buy at specialty camera stores or photo events. They are relatively cheap; some are $4, while top of the line microfiber cloth can go as high as $15.

3.Unscrew the lens from the camera body. Use the air blower to blow away dust particles. Do not use compressed air as the pressure may be too much on your lens. Set the lens aside and dampen a soft microfiber cloth with lens cleaning solution. Do not put the solution on the lens directly as this may ruin your lenses.

Take the lens and wipe it with the dampened mircofiber cloth. Then use a different dry microfiber to wipe away excess fluid. Note that if you are a bit obsessive-compulsive and you may want to clean this often, stop yourself because too much lens cleaning may strip the lens off of its coating.

4.Sensor cleaning is a tad bit tricky and if you have shaky hands, you may want to leave this to professionals. To reach the sensor, lift the mirror. Do not, in any circumstances, even if you feel you are capable enough to do it. The mirror cannot even handle light air blowing.

The sensor gets dirt and dust particles whenever you do a change of lenses. To clean it, check out your digital SLR manual so you will know how to change it to sensor cleaning mode Then use the air blower to remove the dust, invert it so you have gravity working with you. After removing the unwanted debris, wipe it with a microfiber cloth or with a sensor brush which you can also buy in your local camera shop.

These are just some cleaning tips you can make use. For further maintenance, you can also put some silica gels fond in new bags or new shoes and place them in your camera bag to avoid moisture from ruining your camera. Also, place your digital SLR in a dust free bag so as to avoid further contamination.
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