We all know how expensive our equipment cost,right? well, at least for me. Most people tend to forget about how important this cameras and lenses cost or rather will cost if they happen to either mistreat them or just deteriorate from poor maintenance that can always be avoided through regular cleaning all together.
I am pretty good at keeping my equipment clean…. Peter Mckinnon
Being a photographer in a 3rd world country
As an African Photographer it is very religious to make sure that I clean my camera equipment due to the climate of the sub-saharan climate which is windy and dusty. My Camera and most importantly my Nikon lense happen to be very dusty most of the time due to these harsh climates and that’s why I recommend it’s very important for every photographer to rethink about cleaning their lenses regularly.
I don’t have a very expensive lenses; don’t get me wrong! It’s just that my camera happens to be my source of livelihood and to be honest I can’t afford to lose it especially from having dusty lenses which is something that will take about five minutes of my life. I can’t lose my livelihood from that? I am not that person!
To help myself understand more about this major problem that most of us photographers tend to ignore, I decided to go online and find out what most ‘BIG’ photographers think of this topic and to my luck I came across one Canadian Youtuber who from that point happened to be my favorite photographers and Youtuber. On one of his videos, he clearly explained why it’s important to clean your DSLR lenses and I couldn’t agree more. Peter Mckinnon explained that he has had always not thought that his cameras could be any ‘FILTHIER’ than what he considered to be slight dust from his daily shooting in Canada but that all changed when he visited Kenya.
In Kenya, Peter Mckinnon noticed that his equipment were more dusty than what he has always known. Welcome to Africa Pete! He said that his equipment was filled with dust and that’s when Peter appreciated MAX whose camera had been ‘Filthy’ from his long stays in Kenya. Peter had to learn the hard way. Who said ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Africa?
This didn’t Make Pete stop cleaning his lenses though. It’s also very important for all other Photographers; big or small to it important to take care of our lenses and equipment because this is our ‘guns’ and we should always shoot to protect our careers.
You can watch the video below that Peter Mckinnon shared 🙂