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Old 28th of September 2007 (Fri)   #1
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Default Cleaning the Camera body

Is there anything special you need to do to clean the camera body?
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Old 28th of September 2007 (Fri)   #2
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I wouldn't use compressed air on the body. It can force debris into spots you don't want it. I bought a cheap camel hair paint brush about 3" wide. I then cut off the long handle. It's now small enough to tuck into a corner of the camera bag. A quick brush with this safely removes any loose goodies. Don't use this brush for the lens surface. Once in a while, I then use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the body. Especially after shooting around the beach.
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I use a soft kiddies paintbrush, shifts most things. For sticky stuff I use cotton buds and alcohol.
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I simply use a slightly damp lint-free cloth.

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Great tips here, agree with the compressed air. Keep it far away from your camera!

When cleaning up camera bodies I use a little 'Rubber Renew' on the grips to give them a like-new tackiness. Try a dab on a small area of the grip first just in case there is any discoloration - however I've never had any grips discolor. Use in a well ventilated area, that stuff stinks.
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Baby wipes...they are always handy (got a 3 and 5 year old), don't have aggressive chemicals, are pre-moistened, and don't leave lint behind. I am careful with them and don't use them on the LCD. They have worked great for me.
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The LCD comment reminded me - get those PDA screen protectors. I believe the Fellows brand is the one I use, they have a clear backing sheet with measurements so its easy to trim the protector to fit any camera LCD. Sure, it does dull the screen a bit bit still no problem to see the screen and you keep your LCD scratch free. When that gets scratched, peel it off and put on another one. I've had one on my Epson P-2000 ever since I bought it and have no problem showing a potential client a slideshow on it.
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I use some Armor All to give it that glossy look. I just use a damp warm cloth and it's all clean.
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Baby wipes...they are always handy (got a 3 and 5 year old), don't have aggressive chemicals, are pre-moistened, and don't leave lint behind. I am careful with them and don't use them on the LCD. They have worked great for me.
Baby wipes great idea thanks
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The LCD comment reminded me - get those PDA screen protectors. I believe the Fellows brand is the one I use, they have a clear backing sheet with measurements so its easy to trim the protector to fit any camera LCD. Sure, it does dull the screen a bit bit still no problem to see the screen and you keep your LCD scratch free. When that gets scratched, peel it off and put on another one. I've had one on my Epson P-2000 ever since I bought it and have no problem showing a potential client a slideshow on it.
The LCD covers are very hard, and rarely scratch. If they do get scratched, they are very easy to replace, and only cost about $10-$12 each.
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Baby wipes...they are always handy (got a 3 and 5 year old), don't have aggressive chemicals, are pre-moistened, and don't leave lint behind. I am careful with them and don't use them on the LCD. They have worked great for me.
i used to use baby wipes on my airsoft guns....but someone told me that it could be bad because of the moisturisers in them?
i use just damp face towel to clean the camera and get rid of the sweat (if there's any) then i wipe it again with a proper camera wipe cloth.

but if people can testify to the effectiveness of the baby wipes, say so and i'll start using them too! good for my baby - must be good for the camera too
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.. I use a little 'Rubber Renew' on the grips to give them a like-new tackiness. ....
I have been tempted to try this stuff but never had the nerve. Maybe I’ll order some and try it on my older golf clubs first.

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I would stay away from these. Not only are there moisturizers in there, there are also oils. They are meant for a behind, not a camera.

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The LCD comment reminded me - get those PDA screen protectors. ....
As mentioned earlier, these screen protectors are not worth the price. Replacing the screen is simple. Just need a hair dryer and suction cup and they cost about as many as a screen protector or two.
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I use polish impregnated disposable cloths. To be precise, "Pledge clean and dust wipes". Obviously they must be kept away from the glassy bits, but otherwise, no problem.

They were suggested by Eos Experience, a specialist photography training company here in the UK. If its good enough for them...........

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