TIP: What they don't tell you on the box

Having enthusiastically bought my DSLR some months ago I was looking forward to years of hassle free shooting with my sparkling new camera.

However….something I was not aware of has caused me a small amount of frustration over the last few months. That certain something was DUST!

It manages to get in EVERYWHERE! I had assumed that the exposed lens would become dusty, obviously. This is easy fixed with a lint-free cloth. However when small spots started appearing on my lovely images I was annoyed to say the least,

I cleaned my lens (both sides) and still the spots persisted. I did a little online research and found that dust on the sensor was probably the culprit. The dust manages to seep into the lens even if you NEVER take the lens off your camera. Its inevitable.

As the sensor is a sensitive piece of equipment I was reluctant to attempt cleaning it myself. You can buy home sensor cleaning kits for around £60 (YES I was shocked too) but I just put up with it for the time being.

Once I bought my new lens I began switching them when needed. This also inevitably introduces more dust into the camera. Now it has reached the point where I cannot ignore the spots. I looked into it and I can get a sensor clean/light service for around £15.

I would prefer to get it done by a pro than risk messing it up with my big fingers.

Its going into the shop tomorrow for the service. Will take only an hour so I’m happy.

So…….there are several things I have learned that you aren’t told on the box when you buy your DSLR. Here are a few of my self-learned tips

No matter what you do, DUST will ALWAYS get into your camera somehow****

So every DSLR beginner will need to read on
  • If you are buying a DSLR and can afford it aim to buy a camera that has an auto sensor cleaning function. The Canon EOS 400 has such a feature that vibrates the dust from the sensor every time the camera is switched on. Not absolutely fool proof as any dust still remains inside the camera housing – BUT – it massively reduces the sensor dust.
  • If you have multiple lenses you can minimise dust on your sensor by having more than one camera body. One per lens if you can afford it. Less removals = less dust in your housing.
  • If you don’t have money to burn and like me have only one DSLR camera body then if you do have to switch lenses then TURN THE CAMERA UPSIDE DOWN when you do. This ensures all the dust falls away from the sensor while the lens is switched.
  • If you use photo-editing software such as CS3 then one or two spots are easy to remove with a touch-up tool. If you can tolerate them just leave them until you have too many to ignore.
  • When you switch lenses you can use an air blower to remove any dust from the housing before you replace your lens.
  • Its a personal preference how you clean your sensor – however I prefer a professional do it. Its your choice.

Hope these tips help some of you – as I say I was totally unaware of the menace that is DUST when I bought my DSLR. It is something your going to have to deal with. So best learn how to do this.

All of these tips should help you minimise your
I’m sure other RB readers will have additions to these tips – as I say I am still learning. So please if you have a tip – let us know about it.

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