How to Protect Your Lens

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We mentioned in a previous post how lenses have the biggest impact on your image quality. That’s why the good ones cost four times more than your camera itself. Here are some tips on how to protect your investment.

Lens Cap
Keep your lens cap on when you store your camera in your bag. Sure, most camera bags now have soft anti-scratch linings but that doesn’t mean that dust or sand can’t get in there and get stuck between your lens glass and the lining. Ouch.

Lens hoods are used to eliminate lens flare from your photos when you shoot outdoors in daylight. You’ll probably notice though that most pros keep their lens hood on even if they’re shooting indoors. This is because the lens hood can act as a barrier between your glass and everything else around you. Even if people bump into your lens while you’re walking around, you’re assured that your glass is safe.

Some of you might be going, “But it takes a while to attach a lens hood if I use a bag and I might miss a great shot.” Well, here’s the alternative. You can use a UV Filter as another type of protection for your lens that you can just leave on. UV filters are used to filter out, you guessed it, ultraviolet light.

It really doesn’t have a big effect on photos but we’re recommending it because it’s the cheapest type of filter available in the market and it can shield your glass from physical contact. This is specially useful if you’re planning to shoot on the beach where all the sand and salt can play havoc on your lens.

Dear god, don’t use your handkerchief!
If you’re as obsessive-compulsive as my wife then you probably check your lens every few minutes to see if there’s dust on it. Resist the urge to use just anything to wipe it when you do find dirt. The safest thing to use is a micro filament cleaning cloth that is both scratch and lint free.

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