April 02, 2011

How to Protect Your DSLR Camera Lens From Dust, Mold and Scratches

If you're looking for ways to protect your expensive lens investment for your DSLR camera, then you're on the right place. In this article, I will explore some ways that you can protect your lens from dust, mold and scratches. The first way to protect your lens is to use the included lens hood that comes with your lens when you buy it. The second way is to use a filter that you can screw on the front of the lens. And the final way is just to simply following good procedure of keeping your lens clean after every use and moving it out of harmful environment. By the end of this article, you would have the ability to choose which way is the best way for you to protect your lens given your preference.

The first way that we'll look at is to use a lens hood. Not all lenses come with a lens hood. The cheapest lens usually don't come with one. However, if your lens comes with one, you can put it on whenever you are shooting with that lens to protect it from bump and scratches. The advantages of using your lens hood is that it is cheap (because most comes with the lens itself) and convenient. When you are done shooting, just put the lens hood in reverse position and you are good to go. The downside of using a lens hood is that it extends the lens dimension. This is definitely a downside when you are trying to shoot discreetly as people will immediately notice your camera by the size of your lens.

The second way is to use a screw in filter. This is usually the most preferred method of protection that is used by many photographers. A filter is convenient to use because it does not add dimension to the lens and it saves you from removing it every time after use. A filter will not become a problem when you are trying to shoot discreetly. There are some downside of using filters though. A good filter can be expensive to buy and it decreases image sharpness. If you try to buy a less expensive filter, then it will decrease image sharpness more. Make sure you spend enough money to get a good filter as because your image quality won't suffer as much.

The third and the best way is to follow a good lens cleaning practice. You need to be disciplined to do this. First, you'll need to clean the lens after every use. Use a soft tips lens cleaner or a micro fiber cloth to clean the front element of the lens. Do not forget to clean the lens connector (the part that connects your lens with your DSLR) as well. Doing this will ensure your lens to be in top tip condition every time. Another thing that you need to pay attention to is to keep your lens out of nature's harm. These are humid and sandy environment. If you have to bring your lens to such environment, make sure you bring enough protection to cover your lens. A weather resistant camera bag, or even a zipper plastic bag will do. This way your lens will be free of scratch, mold and dust.

In this article, you have learned three ways to protect your lens. First, we discussed protecting your lens using a lens hood. Second, we discussed using a lens filter and the importance of buying a good quality filter. And last, we discussed some best practices to follow when cleaning your lens and keeping it out of nature's harms. Now you should be able to pick any of the methods that suits your photography needs and protect your lens better.


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