4 Keys to The Cleaning and Maintenance of Your SLR Camera

The cleaning and maintenance of our SLR camera It is very important. With the heat you want us more remove our reflex to walk to capture the best moments of our vacation and can be that more than one is spotted in the sensor or the mirror that must be remedied to enjoy photography.

Today, we bring you four cleaning tips to give a review for the most important parts of our camera to learn how to clean parts as delicate as the sensor or the mirror.

The body, dials and buttons

It is easy to clean the body from any visible dirt. The thing gets complicated when we try to access the small holes that leave the dials, buttons and the optical viewfinder, which seem to magnetise the dirt.

The solution for cleaning these difficult areas is to use a toothpick and cotton cloth as an old t-shirt or a Microfiber handkerchief moistened with alcohol the she bound. It would the use of ear buds because that may be too thick for these areas, they can be counterproductive because the cellulose that emerge when we clean them.

Photo by Chris Hunkeler

Personally I would do special emphasis on cleaning the viewfinder as an important but difficult to access area. To clean the screen LCD would recommend always over take a handkerchief she bound of microfiber to remove facial sebum which can be attached when we make use of the gallery or the Live View.

Glassware, shiny

One of the critical areas of cleaning is the goal. There are many photographers that despite clean the front element of the lens, make it poorly. For example, There are some who gives one last t-shirt that wear, It is almost worse than not clean it.

For normal cleaning, the most normal thing is to use a handkerchief she bound of microfiber to remove small stains, and can dampen it in water if we talk about a little bit more stubborn. Us not forget that the goal has two elements to the view, and that often we clean the front forgetting Fanny. From time to time it is advisable to remove the objective and give you a pass to the rear element and contacts, reviewing the following items in our list of step: the mirror and sensor.

Casings: mirror and sensor

Photographers are meticulous people. We like that everything is in perfect condition and so know how to clean the sensor is vital for our images look perfect.

M.Kemal photography

When we remove the objective, the first thing we see is the mirror, that piece that redirects the light toward the optical pentraprisma. That mirror has a speck of dust will make you look through the viewfinder immediately, but do not worry since that mota will not be on the final picture.

To clean the mirror, we should just remove the goal and with a slight decline, we can pass a very fine and soft bristle brush so the Bobbles will peel off and fall outside the Chamber. If we just move the dust and not get it camera, it doesn’t do anything.

When we talk about the sensor already we talked about big words. Personally, I would recommend order a special element from a professional technical cleaning. If we decided to venture ourselves, the best choice probably will be sticks type brush.

After moistened with isopropyl alcohol or similar parties and make a pass, we dry and check the effectiveness photographing a surface even and well lit with diaphragm closed to the maximum. If all went well, we should not see any type of stain on the picture. If we even observed defects in the image, we can try to perform a second pass with alcohol to secure cleaning.

You will never have to introduce air pressure or a PEAR to sensor, since we run the risk of damage the sensor or insert more crap into the guts of the camera, something that only aggravate the problem.

Water and cameras, bad combination

With the summer want to get close to the beach with our camera and… splash!. Unless we have an airtight suit to protect our team, I would not recommend or closer to the water with a camera in hand. In fact, I even would recommend going to the beach because the wind can BREW small grains of sand within the body.

Photograph of Malcolm Debono

In any case, the main thing before a splash passes by turning the camera off immediately or not turn on and remove parts such as battery, memory card, and the objective. It’s important aerate it in the shade, direct sunlight can damage the body and even cause damage to the circuit. It is possible to use the hairdryer at a very safe distance and heat low, watching that team not hot, with the sole purpose of airing and remove moisture.

If you turn it on after a reasonable time and no turns, unfortunately our solution is the service.