One of the many important lessons that has been so greatly ingrained in my brain at this point is to always check and clean camera gear after each time you go shooting. Why is that so important each time? Well every time you go out no matter what you’re going to get dust on the camera. Now that’s it’s Summer it’s inevitable. Winter time of course it’s the moisture but that’s another post. Anyway all that dust isn’t always seen by the naked eye but can slowly travel down inside your camera and lenses. Zoom lenses are especially important to keep that in mind because it’s bloody hard to get it out once it’s inside. Now it doesn’t always show in the images but if your like me and hate when you see that in your gear because you think the camera should always look pristine then you know what I mean.
The two most helpful tool I’ve found are Pink Juice, from Lens Clens, and the swabs from Copper Hill. For general purpose cleaning including front elements and outside covers Pink juice just rocks without doing damage over time. As for the inside guts, well I’ll be honest I used to be like a 7 swab guy, since switching to Copper Hill I’m down to about 2 sometimes 3. It’s that much better. The system they developed just works well and that’s what counts. Best of all if you have questions they have lots of tutorials on their site to help you out. Got to love free answers