When cleaning your camera body, there are several methods one can choose to go about doing the job. But, to ensure the best clean, and to get the best looking photos, making sure that you clean each part of the body, with the proper tools, will ensure the camera gets you the best shots, and lasts for several years of continual use. So, here is a basic guide to cleaning camera body, in order to get the great shots from your camera every time.
You will start with the lenses. You will use a blower, microfiber cloth, and DSLR lens cleaning kit fluid. You will first blast dust off the lens with the blower. Next, to remove finger prints, the use of the microfiber cloth, in a circular motion, can do the job. If there is dirt that refuses to come off after this, then you will use the cleaning fluid to get rid of it. You should place the fluid on the cloth, rather than directly on to the lens, in order to get a streak free clean. Even if the lenses don't appear dirty, cleaning them every couple of weeks to a month will ensure they stay clean and damage free. You could also use a lenspen, which we found extremely effective.
When cleaning camera body, next you will go to the SLR mirrors. You do not want to use any products at all on the mirrors, at most, you can use the blower to remove dust, but the use of canned air might be too tough for the mirrors to handle. In most cases the dirt on the mirrors won't show up in images, so they do not have to be dusted often, if at all. To clean the flash contacts, something as basic as a pencil eraser can do the job, but like the mirrors, these specs of dirt are not going to show up on your images.
Now to the actual camera body sensor. You should turn to your owner's manual in order to find the "sensor cleaning mode" section. This will give you directions on how to clean the sensor, as each camera is different, and requires different steps. In some cases, you might even want to take it in to a local camera shop to do the job for you. These sensors are very fragile, so doing the job gently is a must. When cleaning camera body exterior, you are not going to have to go too much in depth with the cleaning. Making sure that you wipe it with the microfiber cloth after use should keep the body clean. A wet cloth with plain water can also do the job, and will not cause any damage or harm to your camera's functional capabilities. In most cases, the exterior dirt on your camera is not going to affect the images whatsoever. So, if you do clean it, it is purely for aesthetic purposes.
Using these basic tips will help in cleaning camera lenses and sensor, and keeping your images coming out their best with every shot you take, and will help to extend the life of your camera.
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