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Old Jul 14, 2006, 8:43 PM   #1
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There have been posts with advice/tips on changing lenses as to prevent the possibility of dust from getting onto the sensor - I can't seem to find them.

I just got done changing lenses for the first time and after taking a picture of the sky at a small aperture, it seems I got a lot of dust onto the sensor.

Thus I'm looking for tips on how to change lenses and minimize the time spent doing so.
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Old Jul 14, 2006, 11:30 PM   #2
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There have been posts with advice/tips on changing lenses as to prevent the possibility of dust from getting onto the sensor - I can't seem to find them.

I just got done changing lenses for the first time and after taking a picture of the sky at a small aperture, it seems I got a lot of dust onto the sensor.

Thus I'm looking for tips on how to change lenses and minimize the time spent doing so.
Planning what you are going to shoot & the best lens is the best way to avoid changing lenses in poor conditions.

In a clean room, get the lens ready you want to put on your camera. Make sure you camera is off & battery removed. Take the old lens off with the camera facing downwards. Immediatly attach the new lens & cap off the old lens.

If you are caught outdoors in a situation you need to change lenses, do so in an area with very little wind (following the above steps). Don't get in your car to change the lens...sitting on the seat will send dust into the air plus cause you (& your camera) to create a static charge.
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Why take out the battery?
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Old Jul 15, 2006, 9:17 AM   #4
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Even while turned off, the battery provides a slight charge to the camera, which could attract dust.

Just being prepared is the key. Have all caps off and the lens ready to go, and keep the camera body pointed down. I've had my DSLRs for over two years (D70 and D50) and have only cleaned the sensors twice. I even change lenses out in the field on occassion (obviously only when conditions permit). In fact, as long as the wind isn't blowing, there is less dust outside than inside.
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