DSLR 6 Worst Enermies & Ways to Avoid Them - prevention

8/30/2015
Note: all informations are filtered and summarised into this post after researching on various sites. 



Your camera HATES them! Take them to the dealer for professional services immediately if your camera get in contact with any of the below:

1. water

Camera worst enemy is humidity, and it may be too late for you to realise that your camera has water damaged! Moisture from rain, spray, dunk in a sea etc, will caused mould or fungal to grow in your gears which will eventually caused a blank screen, sensor error or short circuiting. If your camera has gone swimming, remove the battery at once! Watch out for corrupted files error messages on screen and the sudden turn off of camera. Do not turn on your camera because it will trigger a power surge that kills!

Invest in a waterproof rolling bag and pop in multiple silica gel packs to absorb moisture. Don't keep a water bottle in your camera bag even if there is additional space for it. When moving between extreme weathers / temperatures ( cold to hot), remember to wrap your camera tightly in a sealable plastic bag and avoid any change of lenses. Let temperature to acclimate slowly so that condensation will form on the bag instead of the camera body. If you have to shoot under rain / humid area, use a zoom lens and shoot creatively under a cloth or inside your coat.

2. sand

If your lens won't budge and your screen shows a system error message due to moving parts getting stuck - don't force it! This may be caused by sand getting in between your lens. Sensor cleaning kits [introduced in part 1] will not help. The professionals will take it apart, clean and re-tube all the moving parts to revive it.

Keep your camera zipped up in food bags while travelling to avoid sudden danger of sandstorm (ok, I am being exaggerate, but you get what I mean?). Try not to get too close to the ground while shooting. This is like inviting sand to jump into your lens! After an outdoor shooting, remember to empty and clean your camera bag and remove grains from lens (especially lens focus and zoon rings) using a cleaning brush or a microfibre cleaning cloth.

3. Dust

You can't prevent dust from entering your camera (as it is everywhere) - unless your shoot in a bubble which is not possible, but you can minimize its damage. Dust accumulating onto the camera's sensor and spoils images with tiny black dots. Dust also prevents a camera's auto-focus from working properly.

Perform spring cleaning on your camera kits once a few months can keep the dust at bay - procedures on camera cleaning can be read in part 1. Always ensure that the image sensor are dust-free. Use a zoom lens with wide range of focus length to avoid frequent change of lens at dusty areas. If you have to do so, turn your back to block the dust, switch off your camera, point your camera downwards then change the lens as quickly as possible. You can purchase weatherproof cover for extra protection layer too.

4. Heat 

There are two type of heats camera should avoid: hot enclosed air of a car boot under the sun, and of course direct sunlight. No matter how high-end DSLRs are made to withstand extreme weather, heat can still damages polymer glues, glass coatings and plastic casting within your camera kit. The oils lubricating the inner parts of your camera can vaporise or get separated, resulting a malfunction LED screen or memory card. If your camera is burning hot, set it in shade (no sudden extreme change of temperature!) and let it cool down before replacing the memory card.

Do not leave your gear under hot sun. Instead, protect them in the camera bag under shade whenever you can.

5. Salt

Your camera may catch salt if you have been shooting at a sea during a windy day or through salt water. Salt will caused chemical reaction between inner parts of the camera, resulting in rusting or other unwanted effect.

Invest on UV filter to protect the front elements of you lens. After an outdoor shooting, wipe your gear with dampened clothes or T-shirt and wipe dry it immediately. Before heading for the shoot, ensure that your battery is fully charged and memory card is completely cleared - to avoid opening the slots at sea.

6. Sunscreen / insect repellent 

Oils degenerate the condition of your camera. If cream gets into delicate parts of a camera, it will result in a build-up of grime.

If you are heading for an outdoor shoot, remember to wear clothing that separates camera from skin. For example, a strapless top will smear sunscreen all over a camera slung. Also, wash your hands before picking up your gears to avoid greasy handgrip and LED screen. After an outdoor shooting, clean your camera exterior with gently baby wipes and soft dry clothes (or proper cleaning procedures as shown in previous post) can help extending your camera life. Lastly, do not carry bottles of sunscreen or repellent in your camera bag to avoid leakage.


Are there anything else that your camera dislike? Share them with me under the comment section below! :D

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