How to Maintain Your DSLR Camera
DSLR camera is no more just an expensive investment but a device that has become a necessity today, especially if you are a travel freak or a photographer.
When you purchase a DSLR camera, you have the peace of mind in knowing that your device is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for a year.
But after a year if you want to get the best out of your device, it’s important that you know how to maintain, not just your camera but also the DSLR camera lens and other equipment’s.
Here are some camera maintenance tips to follow to keep your DSLR camera in the best possible working condition…
Keep it Away From Water
We understand monsoon is the best time to head out for treks and explore nature but electronics are best when kept away from water or any form of liquid.
Even if your DSLR camera is waterproof, it can be damaged when in contact with excessive water. Not all DSLR cameras can be used underwater unless you are using the Nikon D850 or Canon 5D Mark IV.
In fact, once water enters the camera and touches the wrong components, it will not only cause rusting but also leave the camera buttons non-functional.
If you love monsoon photography, you can either keep a good quality polythene bag handy, buy a waterproof housing case for complete protection of your DSLR or shoot pictures using an umbrella. Waterproof housing case is easily available on Amazon.in, starting from Rs 699.
Avoid Exposure to Direct Sunlight or Heat
DSLRs are made with a wide range of temperatures in mind but that does not mean you can be careless about it. When the camera is exposed to direct sunlight for hours at a stretch, the seals that keep out dust and moisture can dry out and the lubrication on certain parts can evaporate.
Not just this, it can also leave the battery damaged. You could instead use filters to protect your DSLR camera lens from direct sunlight.
Filters reduce the amount of light from entering into the camera lens. If your camera is in constant use in direct sunlight, it is also recommended that you take short breaks and let your camera cool down.
Did you know that 0 – 40°C is the standard consumer equipment temperature range? This means electronic components are guaranteed to fully function in this temperature range.
If you notice that your camera is showing even the slightest signs of malfunctions, do not use it. Shut the camera and immediately show it to a professional.
Protect Your DSLR Camera Lens From Sand and Dirt
Cameras are sensitive, especially the DSLR camera lenses. Always clean the lens and the camera body with a clean cloth before you use it and avoid shooting in dirt and sand for long hours as much as possible because the camera lens is bound to easily catch dust.
Be extra cautious when shooting pictures on a windy day at the beach, where sand can blow with excessive force. Also, avoid opening the battery compartment on such days.
It’s fine if the body gets dirty, but the lenses are delicate and should be kept away from tiny particles like dust or sand. If you notice dust particles on the lens, clean it immediately for best performance and pictures.
There are cleaning kits available online and at camera stores that come with a blower, brush, microfibre cloth and a cleansing fluid. These are essential and highly recommended for cleaning the camera lens.
Ensure that you clean the lens only using a microfibre cleaning cloth or lens tissues to avoid any scratches on the lens. This will help remove smudges, oil and dust from the lens.
You could also use a blower to remove the grit before you wipe the lens. Once done, add some cleaning fluid to the cloth and wipe the lens with light pressure.
Battery Maintenance is a Must
Did you know that the lithium battery that comes with your DSLR can go through 500 recharge cycles?
Although these batteries are rechargeable, they do lose power over time.
When you see your battery life shortening, do not wait till it’s fully dead, instead purchase a new one. Also, never place batteries in places where the temperatures may go up to 43°C. This could cause malfunction and danger to the camera.
To maximise the number of pictures you shoot from one battery/charge, avoid pressing the shutter button to focus the shot before you click it. Every time you press the button, the lens resets and refocuses. Believe it or not, this is also one reason why batteries quickly drain.
When you are done shooting, turn your off camera instead of hanging it around your neck with the power on for the next click. Also, ensure that flash is disabled for daylight shots. This can help save battery too.
Setting the flash to automatic is recommend only for clicking late night pictures when you know adjusting the ISO setting is not going to give you great pictures.
Let us also tell you that the camera LCD takes up a fair amount of power. The longer it’s on, the more power it will use. So if you can’t shoot without the LCD on, make sure you have an extra battery with you. Turning down its brightness should help too.
If you do not use your camera regularly, you can take out the battery and keep it separately in the camera bag pocket or it will gradually drain if left in the camera.
Just like your mobile phone or tablet, digital cameras too come with just 1 or 2 years of manufacturer’s warranty. Since a DSLR is more expensive and a long term investment, it’s wise to get it covered with the extended warranty plan.
What if your digital camera breaks down when you are travelling? If you can’t imagine your trips, parties or other special occasions without your camera, we recommend you first buy an extended warranty plan.
Be it a flash failure, power button malfunction, charging issue or other in-built lens-related malfunction, the Onsitego Extended Warranty plan covers it all.
When your DSLR breaks down, Onsitego can get it fixed from the brand authorised service center at a minimal cost. Hence, we recommend you buy the digital camera extended warranty plan, so that you need not spend heavily on repairs the last minute.
Tips to Clean Your DSLR Camera Lens
- Release the lens gently. Depending on your camera type or brand, there might be a release button you can use for this function.
- Use your blower (in the lens care kit) and blow off all the dirt and dust on the lens.
- Use a cleaning tissue to apply lens fluid.
- Gently wipe the lens in the direction towards the center of the lens.
- Slowly re-attach the lens and put on the lens cap if you are going to use the camera later.
What to do When Your DSLR Camera Lens Gets Wet
Switch Off Your Camera
If your camera accidentally fell in water while operating, turn it off immediately. Keeping your camera on will only damage it further.
Remove The Memory Card And Batteries
Luckily, most memory cards are weather resistant, even when wet. However, memory card is the first thing you should remove, so that there is no risk of losing any data. Removing the batteries is essential too, take them out and leave them somewhere with good ventilation to dry out.