I dont know if that was ever brought up but what are some of the ideal places in changing lenses of camera ? I know indoor is always ideal but how about inside a car ? or between a bathroom or an airconditioned room ? is dry place always ideal compared to something more humid or damp ? wouldnt it be logical that in a dry room that dust tends to fly over compared to a more humid, damp room ?
Tue 28-Apr-09 02:03 AM | edited Tue 28-Apr-09 05:22 PM by walkerr
Unless you're just taking photos of your bathrooom, this isn't realistic. You'll be changing them indoors and outdoors, and in varying conditions. Just try to change them quickly and learn how to clean your sensor.
I think a dust free, environmentally controlled room where you have to wear a white suit and a mask might be the best, but I never seem to have access to one. I can think of only one time in the last few years when I was afraid to change a lens out doors, Death Valley last month in a dust storm. I did not even take my camera out of the bag for a few hours. Generally, if you are willing pull your camera out to take pictures, you should be able to find a place to change a lens. Come up with a method where the lens is off the camera for the shortest amount of time and try to find a spot that is protected from wind and moisture as best you can. After a while, you will get comfortable with it.
The pursuit of photography drives me to go places and see things I otherwise would only view through the eyes of others.
>Try to plan ahead and figure out which lens will cover most >of your shooting outdoors. Practice changing lenses to >minimize your camera/lens exposure to the elements.
No offense, but I would probably keep "practicing" to a minimum, as with each "practice" could introduce unwanted dust to enter the body. I do agree that you can plan ahead somewhat, but often times lens changes are inevitable...
My method is to keep the body faced down when conducting lens changes, and(as mentioned before) to avoid dusty environments. Really other than that shoot away...the big reason why we have dSLR's is the flexibility change lenses, so don't be afraid to do so to get the perfect shot...but definitely use good common sense when doing so.
There probably is a niche market for some type of small, inexpensive, clear tent-like environment to do a lens change in dusty conditions...heck they probably already have something like this.
Or combining the last 2 pieces of advice: Practice changing lenses in your (ISO class 3 or class 5) clean room, so that you'll be able to minimise your exposure when you need to change lenses in the field.
There are a lot of things to think about or worry about when taking pictures. Don't let this be one of them. Just change your lens when you need to change. You don't want to miss a shot because you were looking for a "good" place to do it. Get set up so you can do it quickly. Make sure it's clean around the area where the lens and body meets. Point it down and have your back to any wind. Then clean the sensor occasionally when a cleaning is necessary. It's not a big deal.
>There are a lot of things to think about or worry about when >taking pictures. Don't let this be one of them. Just change >your lens when you need to change. You don't want to miss a >shot because you were looking for a "good" place to >do it. Get set up so you can do it quickly. Make sure it's >clean around the area where the lens and body meets. Point it >down and have your back to any wind. Then clean the sensor >occasionally when a cleaning is necessary. It's not a big >deal.