When you buy good quality camera equipment – whether it’s a camera body, a new lens or a must-have accessory – you are making a serious investment in some of the most sophisticated consumer technology ever manufactured. That’s why it makes sense to spend a little more time and money on protecting and maintaining your equipment.
In the bag
Think Tank camera bags combine world-class quality, innovative design and optimum affordability − and we strongly recommend you take a look at the brand’s extensive range. Designed by working photographers for all photographers, Think Tank camera bags focus on speed and accessibility to ensure you are ready for the moment before the moment.
Manufactured in the US, the extensive Think Tank range includes rolling bags, shoulder bags, laptop bags, sling bags and backpacks – among various other models. Not only are they supremely functional and ingeniously inventive, but Think Tank camera bags also look superb.
The highly regarded Lowepro bags have earned themselves a particularly strong reputation among advanced amateurs as well as professional photographers thanks to their robust construction, ingenious features and proven durability. Well worth a closer look!
Incidentally, it’s interesting to note that leading manufacturers such as Lowepro and Think Tank are designing a growing number of camera bags for compact camera and mirrorless camera users.
Keeping it clean
When it comes to maintaining your camera equipment, it is essential to master the art of cleaning your camera’s body and lenses. Here, the first item on your shopping list should be a camera lens cleaning kit, preferably from a reputable manufacturer such as LensPen or Vanguard. A decent quality cleaning kit will typically include a combined air blower/brush, which helps you to remove loose dirt and dust from your lens and filter and the inside of your camera body; a microfiber cloth for polishing your lens’s front element; and a carbon-tipped cleaning pen, which incorporates a soft brush at one end.
Of course, you can buy each of these lens cleaning tools separately along with additional options such as lens cleaning fluid. Kit or no kit, we recommend that your standard lens cleaning routine could go as follows:
Step 1: Use your blower/brush to remove most of the loose dust and other particles
Step 2: Use the soft brush on the back of your lens pen to eliminate any other dust
Repeat Step 1 and 2 until there is nothing left to remove
Step 3: Inspect your lens. If it you spot a significant amount of dirt or grease on the lens, use cleaning fluid on a microfiber cloth to clean the front element
Step 4: Inspect your lens again. If the microfiber cloth has failed to pick up any greasy areas, then use your lens pen on those spots. You can apply the same routine to your camera lens’s back element.
Warning: whatever cleaning routine you adopt, never be tempted to clean the front element of your lens by wiping it with a piece of clothing, such as your shirt. You will simply ingrain any grit or dust from your shirt onto the glass, and risk scratching it irreparably in the process.
Protective filters: a must-buy
The jury is still out on whether protective filters are must-have or nice-to-have accessories. We would certainly recommend that you always use one to protect the front element of your camera. After all, it’s a lot easier to replace a filter than it is to replace a lens – and you can clean them in exactly the same way.