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In this installment of our Lens Care Maintenance series, we’ll review proper ENG lens storage techniques. Over time your gear will degrade due to normal wear and tear. But maintaining your equipment through proper cleaning and storage before and after you use it will extend the life of your lenses.

Having a secure place to put your lenses, and really all camera gear, is the key to properly maintaining equipment. By watching this video, you’ll find that most steps you should take to protect your lenses are based on common sense. Here are some to consider:

•    When you are not toting your equipment around, remove the camera and all lenses from your     camera bag.


•    Place your camera and lenses into an airtight storage container. Place four or five silica gel packets into the airtight container with the equipment.


•    Seal the container and store it in a cool, dry place.


•    Most importantly, do not place cleaners or any potentially damaging materials in the case with your camera. A single leak can be catastrophic to your precious – and expensive – equipment.


•    Prevent lens condensation by placing your camera in a sealed plastic bag before bringing it from cold temperatures into a warm environment. Keep the camera in the bag until it reaches room temperature. This will not only reduce delays, but more importantly, it may keep condensation from forming inside the delicate mechanisms of the camera and the lens


There is no substitute for proper care and maintenance of your cameras and lenses. Consistently taking the time to properly store your equipment before and after each shoot will make activities like lens cleaning easier in the long run, and will ultimately result in your equipment lasting longer.

For more information on Fujifilm Optical Devices, go to Fujinon.com or FujifilmUSA.com. Follow us at www.Facebook.com/FujifilmOptical and www.Twitter.com/FujifilmOptical
 
Posted: 8/16/2012 9:45:36 AM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments



 
In this first installation of our multi-part series on Lens Care Maintenance, we’ll discuss the appropriate materials and methods to properly clean your lens.

Whether you’re a weekend shooter or a seasoned photographer, you no doubt have experienced this common scenario: you shoot your best work only to find that the pictures are useless because there was dirt on the lens.

When you see the same spot on a set of pictures you take, you must clean the camera lens as soon as possible. In some cases, small spots can be eliminated, but more often than not you will have to shoot the pictures again or take a loss on once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities gone forever. Here are a few key elements to ensure your lens is cleaned properly.

Step one: Use an air gun and lens brush to wipe off any loose dust. If you’re on location and don’t have either of those, you can gently blow on the lens, but this should be your last resort!

Step two: Choose the right cloth, and give it a good shake to loosen any lingering fibers before wiping the lens. At Fujifilm, we suggest using a micro-fiber cloth for a number of reasons:
     1. They will not scratch or smear the surface
     2. They are chemical free
     3. They are anti-static
     4. They lift dust and oil from the lens

If you don’t have a micro-fiber cloth, choose a cloth made from soft, silky material—preferably one made for optical lens cleaning. Never use a hard material, like your t-shirt, or you can transfer debris and even scratch the lens. Always wipe the lens in a gentle, circular motion, beginning in the center and working your way outward, and use a lifting motion rather than rubbing the cloth against the lens to avoid causing any damage.

Step three: Use the right cleaning agent. For normal smears and smudges, it is not necessary to use a lens cleaning fluid—just a cloth will do. If you do need to use liquid, place one or two drops of a lens cleaning liquid or isopropyl alcohol on a cleaning cloth. Never, ever apply liquid directly on the lens. If you use too much cleaning fluid or place drops directly on the lens, the fluid may seep into the lens, which can result in internal fog or something worse, causing permanent damage.

It may seem simple, but the type of cleaning materials you choose and how you use them greatly contribute to the lifetime of your lens. For more information on Fujifilm Optical Devices, go to FujifilmUSA.com.
Posted: 8/31/2011 2:12:40 PM by Thom Calabro | with 0 comments


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