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Oct 11, 2010 17:03 |  #1

I'm reviewing and sorting photos shot at last weekend's wedding and I just realized something a bit unsettling. I clean all my gear prior to shooting a paid event of course. However I must have missed the rear element of my 24-70. There was a huge fingerprint on it the entire day, resulting in a lot of this in the wide shots:

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I'm very, very worried at this point, and I've only looked through about 30 photos.


Let this be a reminder to everyone to always take extra care cleaning and handling lenses. I'll post a full set in the next week or so, hopefully they're salvageable.

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Oct 11, 2010 17:09 |  #2

I don't see any problem with that image. A bit of flare, but that's normal in that light.


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Oct 11, 2010 17:18 |  #3

It's a bit extreme for a 24-70 with a hood and no filter. It apparently caused focusing problems as well. I've got ~2x as many out of focus shots as I normally do, and in bright light.


However, having gone through some more I think I'll be fine. There are a few that are toast, but most are just fine. Just had a knee-jerk reaction of sheer horror so I thought I'd post it. :)


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Oct 11, 2010 18:01 |  #4

I don't see a problem with that shot either.

Where I live, we need to check our lens fairly often for condensation from indoor to outdoor. It became a habit, always have a micro cloth to clean my lens in my pocket.




  
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Oct 11, 2010 19:04 |  #5

angryhampster wrote in post #11077314 (external link)
It's a bit extreme for a 24-70 with a hood and no filter.

I had the same reaction as Tim; just looks like sun flare and it's not an unpleasant image. The couple knows not of 24-70's and hoods, they only know whether or not it looks nice.

A good warning/reminder nonetheless. I always carefully inspect the front lens before every wedding but having looked at the rear in a long time and probably should.


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Oct 11, 2010 20:28 |  #6

I never go out of my way to inspect or clean my lenses. If I happen to notice something on them i'll clean them, but that's pretty rare. I keep caps on both ends when they're not in use.


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Oct 11, 2010 21:04 |  #7

Thanks for the encouragement. :) I'm actually very happy with the way the photos turned out. Finished with the initial sort and have gone through and processed a handful.

Clearly all is not lost!

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The 24-70 is such a versatile lens.

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Oct 11, 2010 21:17 |  #8

tim wrote in post #11078321 (external link)
I never go out of my way to inspect or clean my lenses. If I happen to notice something on them i'll clean them, but that's pretty rare. I keep caps on both ends when they're not in use.

+1

I clean my lenses front elements maybe twice a year, and most see use several times a week .. never use filters either except the odd ND or polarizer.

Rear elements? .. I have cleaned exactly one rear element, once. In 20 years shooting.

Keep caps on them, use hoods, and reasonable care and you'll be fine.


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Oct 11, 2010 21:59 |  #9

I don't ever touch lens elements, so a fingerprint would surprise me if I found one. I always keep caps on the lenses unless shooting with them. I use hoods as well.


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Oct 11, 2010 22:41 |  #10

I'm also very careful with all of my gear; always stored in the case, caps always on, etc. I even go through crazy mechanizations just so the body is open with out a lens for the least possible amount of time. That said, I've fumbled a few times and accidentally touched the front lens with a finger, but never have done that to the back.

I do, however, manage to collect quite a bit of dust on my lenses which needs to be swept away pretty regularly. Sometimes even during a wedding shoot despite having done so just that morning.


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Oct 11, 2010 23:56 |  #11

actually i cant see anything wrong with that! i never think of myself as much of a 'by the book' person, i love winging things and am pretty calm when stuff goes bad and i always carry lenses casually in my pockets but for some reason ive always been a front and rear lens cap/UV filters person.. maybe its because it doesnt take overly long to pop the caps on/off and since im a cheapskate also i'll try to keep all the glass in nice condition

also, one shoot i did agess ago with this girl i was shooting away and about halfway through i was just switching from horizontal to portrait, and 10 shots later i checked the lcd and there was a small black mark on the pictures! it was small viewing on my 1.8" nikon d70 screen :P anyway it appeared something had gotten on the sensor - must have come inside during one of my super fast lens changes, but i decided we'd keep shooting and photoshop it out cause we were at such a killer location with awesome light! little did i realise it was the most tedious set of photos ive ever edited! it put me off for ages and took me weeks and weeks to finish lol... this was before i had a backup camera~

and here is the mark (on her right cheek), it got annoying when the mark was on hard to recover places like her nose or mouth! i ended up recovering the good shots completely tho and no one knew the difference!

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