Hi, Which is the proper way of storing the lenses in camera bag for prolonged periods or during travel? Is it mount side up or filter side up? Is the decision backed by valid data or logistics? Thanks in advance.
I don't think it matters. In my camera bag, I just pack for efficiency. Some lenses sit cap "up". Some are horizontal. Sometimes on a camera body. Depending on the camera bag or case, it may be loaded lying flat and then carried vertically. My biggest concern is to find a way to carry the lens with its hood without allowing contact with other items in the bag.
This question is like the old one about storing your camera with the shutter cocked or not. Oops, I hope I didn't give you something else to worry about .
Hi BJ, Now you have got me worried of something I did not think of before. So what shall we do....cock the shutter or leave it as it is?
I'm also wondering if any particular way (upside, sideways etc)we store lenses will prevent or aggravate oil seepage on aperture blades. I have my lenses displayed in my closet (in an enclosed container with drying agent) .....something I relish seeing whenever stress creeps in during my hours of studies .
Here's a couple of other good ones for all you worry-warts:
1) For prolonged storage, store the lenses filter side up so that the internal lubricants don't travel into the diaphragm (shutter blades). As well, with a rear cap on, this also gives the lens the best protection as the weight of the lens is on the cap and lens mount, the sturdiest part of the lens.
2) Always store the lenses with the aperture set to minimum (largest f-number). At this setting, the shutter mechanism is not "loaded". Same theory as the cocked shutter.
Well call me a worry-wart after all, because I do all these (and I don't leave my FM2 cocked when the day is done!).
The adage about storing cameras uncocked applied to older cameras with mechanical shutters, since it was felt that in the cocked position the constant tension on the spring might eventually affect the timing of the shutter. With newer electronic cameras the shutters are controlled electromagnetically, and so this is no longer an issue.
Thanks for the tips Ed. I'm sure many will find them helpful, especially collectors who will usually display them. I'm starting a small collection and hope to build an F3 series in the next few years. I grew up with the F3, and wish to own every available model
The iris advice applies to Nikon lenses, since Nikon irises are always "loaded" - unlike every other lens design I've ever used. The default position of the Nikon iris is closed. You work against the spring to open it up. With most other cameras, you'd do just the opposite.
My advice is to wear your equipment out with use rather than worry about extending the life of clockwork springs ...