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How to Maintain Your DSLR Camera

Knowing how to take care of your DSLR will not only save you repair costs but keep the camera functioning at its peak.
ST701 Editorial Team - January 9, 2013
By: Cheryl Mah
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How to Maintain Your DSLR Camera

Due to their advanced internal components and expensive lenses, DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras require more patience and caution to maintain. Knowing how to take care of your DSLR camera will save you a lot of money in repairs and will keep it functioning at peak performance.

Follow these 3 steps to ensure your DSLR camera lives a longer life:

1. Clean your camera

Before you embark on this, lock the camera’s mirrors up. If you are not sure of how you can do this, consult your user manual for instructions as the method varies for all cameras. Make it a habit to clean your lens regularly with a lint-free cloth. Don’t use towels or other materials as they can scratch your lens.

2. Protect your camera

Buy a structured camera bag with a soft inside to transport and store your camera. This will prevent it from being damaged accidentally from the environment and from falls. While a soft case is light and can protect your camera from elements such as dust, heat and rain, hard cases are able to withstand more abuse and sustain the impacts from accidental drops or collisions.

When you aren’t using the camera, use a lens cap or UV filter to protect your lens. DSLR lenses are expensive so protect them from getting scratched or accumulating dust. The lens cap acts as a buffer so the lens does not come in direct contact with another object or the ground even if the camera is dropped.

3. Keep your camera out of intense heat or humid weather

Heat and moisture will cause damage to your camera’s internal components and cause the lens to break. Store your camera and lenses if you’re not using them. Remove excess moisture from your equipment by regularly wiping down the camera body and lenses, especially if you are spending more than an hour in humid weather.

Additionally, keep your hands dry and sweat-free so that the amount of moisture that gets into the camera when you open it to change lenses will be greatly reduced.

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