Camera cleaning: 5 ways to healthcheck your camera with confidence

Camera cleaning: 5 ways to healthcheck your camera with confidence

Camera cleaning check 04: Accessories

Camera cleaning check 04: Accessories

The problem
Even if you keep your camera and lenses clean, it’s all too easy to forget about the more mundane items, but dirt and dust in your camera bag can find its way into your camera, while the locks and controls of your tripod can soon become jammed if they are left wet or dirty.

SEE MORE: 8 tripod mistakes every photographer makes (and how to avoid them)

The solution
Even though they aren’t as delicate and fragile as cameras or lenses, almost every piece of photographic kit can benefit from the occasional clean.

For most items this is simply a case of wiping or brushing them to make sure they are free of dust or dirt, but there are a couple of accessories that often go unnoticed.

The first is your tripod, as it is the one piece of kit that often spends its time covered in dirt, water and sand, especially if you shoot at the coast or other harsh environment.

If so, you may need to wash the whole tripod in clean water; then, to reduce the risk of corrosion, use a small amount of water-repelling lubricant such as WD40 on the exposed metal parts, such as leg locks.

Don’t be tempted to overdo this, though, as this can cause more problems than it solves.

SEE MORE: How to clean a tripod – a simple guide to protecting your gear

Finally, it’s worth taking a look at your camera bag, as even though a dirty or dusty bag might not have a direct effect on your shots, the dust can find its way onto (or even into)  your camera.

To clean inside the bag, remove all of the kit and dividers, then go outside and turn the bag inside out and upside down to shake out any loose dirt and dust.

Alternatively you can use the brush nozzle on your vacuum cleaner to clean inside the bag.

Camera cleaning check 01: Camera body
Camera cleaning check 02: Lenses & filters
Camera cleaning check 03: Sensor
Camera cleaning check 04: Accessories
Camera cleaning check 05: Firmware


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  • John Lappe

    links are broken

  • digitalcameraworld

    Which ones? Just tried several and they all appear to be working? We just migrated everything to a new mobile-friendly site, so it’s possible some things got broken in transit!

  • Just a little addition to the firmware update: Before you start updating your firmware make sure you have the “energy saving feature” of your LCD display disabled. Because nothing is more nerve wracking when you go from a progress-bar to a black screen without being noticed about the status (error or success) of your update…and this easily happens if you have the “energy saving feature” enabled.