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
There is a lot of talk right now about some of Nikon’s new cameras, the D4, D800 and D800E. Like the rest of you, I went and read the specs on these cameras and was quite impressed. They all sound like very good pieces of equipment. Also like some of you I am not in the position to purchase any of these new toys. Does that bother me? No.
Three years ago I made the switch from my D2Hs to the D3. Both cameras do a great job, the D3 does a better job. The 12.1 Megapixel FX format is far better than the 4.1 Megapixel DX format of the D2Hs. You might be saying,”yea that’s a no brainer, why are you talking about this?” It’s quite simple. Every day a new piece of technology comes out that is better. That’s the way the world works now. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy it. It’s an argument that I’m tired of hearing that you always have to have the newest. Well the newest is not always going to be new. If you have a camera that gets the job done and the results that you want then that’s all that matters. Would I like a D4 to play with? Sure who wouldn’t. If I get one does that mean that I’m going to stop using my D3 I bought, no. The D3 came out in 2007, the D3x and D3s came out in the two years that followed all still good camera bodies, all worth the price.