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Old Mar 5, 2006, 6:22 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I am very happy with my D70 and my 18-35 and 70-300D lens

However, I would like to know if there are any the do's and don'ts of changing lenses indoor and outdoor. I don't want to take every precaution in protecting my camera!

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Old Mar 5, 2006, 6:30 AM   #2
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Changing lenses need not be a scary proposition. Also, sensor cleaning is not terribly difficult and will need to be done eventually regardless of your habits.

Always make sure the camera is off before changing lenses. Have the new lens ready to go, take off the old, make sure the camera is pointed down and put on the new lens. Obviously, don't do it in a dusty, sandy environment. Otherwise, things aren't so different from changing lenses in the SLR days.
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Old Mar 5, 2006, 11:47 AM   #3
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Yah, after a few switches you'll be an old pro.

I switch my lenses often before going out, but not usually during a gig.

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Old Mar 5, 2006, 12:47 PM   #4
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I also try to avoid changing lenses outside my house. When I change the lense, the camera points down to the floor, such that no dust can settle down in the camera during the time without lense. I also inspect the inside of the new lense for dust and remove it if necessary, before it gets attached to the camera.
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Ive personaly been using my Digital SLR for over a year and a half, I change my lens 3 or 4 times a gig sometimes, I'm at atleast 2 gigs a week, and Ive not realy had any dust problems, just be confident and be quite quick :-)....
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the most important thing is DO NOT EXHALE WHILE THE CAMERA BODY IS OPEN

most 'stuck on' dust (imo) is condensed breath
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bernabeu wrote:
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the most important thing is DO NOT EXHALE WHILE THE CAMERA BODY IS OPEN

most 'stuck on' dust (imo) is condensed breath

I can just see the newbies passing out now :lol:
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:O Ha ha ha! I'm with ya' Steve.
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I suspect bernabeu's comment was mostly refering to blowing on the sensor (or lens) to clear dust. A point worth noting.

Since I live in a small log house with three cats and heat with wood, often it is better to change the lens outdoors. I just found three dust spots on my sensor by shooting an overcast sky at f/32, low ISO, and manual focus set close. I hadn't noticed the dust spotsin real photographs, but figured it was worth trying toget rid of them before I did, and before they became "glued" to the sensor. A few puffs with a Giotto Rocket-air and they were gone.
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 1:32 PM   #10
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bernabeu wrote:
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the most important thing is DO NOT EXHALE WHILE THE CAMERA BODY IS OPEN

most 'stuck on' dust (imo) is condensed breath
Does breath contain contaminants that adhere to the lens, or does the saliva and whatever else we exhale provide medium for things to stick to, or ?

Your post made me laugh becauseearlier that day,a guy at a camera dealer told me not to use any fluids, "just exhale and use a microfiber cloth".

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