Camera care

How to store camera and lenses:

Camera care starts right from the storage of camera. Never store a camera and other photography equipment in a cupboard, which has clothes in it. No matter how ever dry, clothes contain moisture, which will damage the mechanism and lens coating of the camera. Store cameras in a separate metal or air tight plastic box. We can put a 25 watt electric bulb to maintain constant temperature and avoid moisture.

Lens element should never be touched with finger. Any finger-print on a lens is very difficult to clean without damaging the lens coating. Blow out any loose particle on the lens with a hand blower. If the element of the lens is contaminated with fungus, give it to an expert for cleaning and maintenance. Protect the lens with good quality skylight filter.

Never put a camera in a leather case, as leather is a cultivating farm for fungus. Avoid placing digital cameras near strong magnetic field.


Never place the camera bag in any area, where the temperature is exceeding 60 degree C. Also avoid thermal shock, especially if you have a powerful air conditioner in the car and out side temperature is hot.

Be careful for moisture, especially when you are shooting on a beach. If you are unlucky to drop your camera in water with exposed film in it, pick it up and immediately transfer the wet film roll in a vessel containing clean water. Do not allow to dry the roll and give it to lab for developing. You will loose your camera but you will save the exposed work.

Maintenance: Camera is a complicated and delicate machine and needs an expert for general maintenance and repairing. Never try to dismantle a camera unless you know the internal mechanism. Camera should be regularly overhauled and tuned, especially for the shutter mechanism.

Handling: General camera care for shock and jerk is a must as it is a delicate machine. Always put neck strap when the camera is not mounted on a tripod.

Holding a camera: Support the camera with your left hand. The palm should support the body and left hand fingers should hold the lens barrel. Grip the body with your right hand and keep the right hand index finger free for click. While focusing, take the weight on the right hand and focus with left hand fingers. Read more about it in detail here

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