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Changing lenses during the shots or a walk-around

 
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Oct 20, 2012 08:45 |  #1

How often do you do it ? and How much do you hate it ?

I always feel like I might drop a lens or two during the changes, moreover the dust will often easily get into the sensor. How do you cope with these issues ?


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Oct 20, 2012 08:50 |  #2

I don't like it either and try to do it as less as possible. But it's not as bad if you turn the body towards yourself to minimize dust exposure.


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Oct 20, 2012 08:52 |  #3

As an outdoor photographer, I'm frequently changing lenses going from a super telephoto to a wide angle or macro and back again. It does not bother me much, and sometimes you have to handle carefully as you juggle from one lens to another, but shooting from a tripod will make this a bit easier.

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Oct 20, 2012 08:53 |  #4

Depends on the situation. If I am inside during a shoot I have no issues doing this. I usually take the back cap(whatever its called) off the lens, and set the lens on the ground. that way when I remove the lens from the camera there is minimal time with the sensor exposed to dust ect.
Outside walking around I usually stick to one lens or try and find a good non windy area to change lenses.




  
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Oct 20, 2012 09:36 |  #5

Unless you're in a location where grit is being thrown around ballistically (like ground-level at a rodeo), dust is not an issue.

Airborne dust normally fills the air at a constant volume. You've seen it if you've ever been in a dim room with a bright beam of light illuminating the floating dust. Unless you last removed your lens in a specialized "clean room" that constant volume of airborne dust is already in your camera. Changing lenses doesn't make a difference.

If you are in an environment where something like wind or bucking bulls has raised the level of ballistic dust (dust too heavy to remain airborne and will begin a ballistic trajectory downward as soon as the propelling force abates) then shielding the camera helps.

Dust used to be my nemesis in the darkroom. I don't sweat it at all with a DSLR--it's just too stinking easy to handle digitally compared to the trouble it caused with film--and I never let it hinder me from changing lenses when the image calls for it.


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Oct 20, 2012 09:41 |  #6

vaflower wrote in post #15146353 (external link)
How often do you do it ? and How much do you hate it ?

I shoot with primes a lot, so I frequently change lenses and don't mind it. It's not a big deal to clean the sensor when needed, but I rarely find that it needs cleaning. Before upgrading my 30D to the 7D, I probably cleaned the sensor once or twice a year. I haven't found a need to clean the 7D and I often shoot equestrian events where lots of dust is present.


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Oct 20, 2012 09:53 |  #7

I always change lenses with the camera facing down and have neck strap around my neck.




  
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Oct 20, 2012 10:22 |  #8

It's no big deal to change lenses.... Sensors will need cleaning occasionally, but modern camera with self-cleaning sensors help a lot. Frankly, dust has always been an issue... even in the days of film.

I'm just reasonably careful swapping lenses.... I get the new lens onto the camera as quickly as possible and cap the one taken off right away, just to minimize dust. When I can, I hold the camera facing downward.

I shoot a lot in some extremely dusty situations (equestrian and motorsports).

I do use two cameras most of the time... occasionally three... which helps minimize lens changes.


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Oct 20, 2012 11:48 |  #9

I used to worry so much about changing the lens while walking around, actually while I was out somewhere. Now, nope, no worries. Just take a minute or two, find a nice stable place to rest your equipment (if possible), and make the change.

I rest my camera backside down, unlock the current lens (and leave it sitting in the camera) and then get the new lens ready by removing the backcap (which I hold in my right hand). I then switchout the two lens (without locking the replacement lens, yet), and while keeping the lens pointed up I put the backcap on it and place it in my camera bag. Then I go and lock the replacement lens into the camera.

It takes me about 45 seconds, and I have done it outside rather often, and many times inside churches and buildings.


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Oct 20, 2012 14:00 as a reply to  @ plumgoo's post |  #10

I buy gear to use it. Never think about not changing lenses because of dust or I might drop a lens or someone might stand on it. If the shots worth changing a lens for, then that's all the consideration I need.


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Oct 20, 2012 14:01 |  #11

Back in my PJ days in the 70, I had my bag set up so that I could change lenses while in a jog and keeping my eye on the subject. Not difficult to do, just a matter of having the bag set properly.


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Oct 20, 2012 14:01 |  #12

Not a lot of point of having an interchangeable lens system if you don't use it.

I move between lenses as needed, just keep the throat of the camera facing away from the wind and swap lens rear caps without unnecessary delay.

The modern Canon anti- dust systems are very effective, I have not needed to clean my 7D which I have had since it came out.

Do try not to drop your lenses; Keep the body on the neck strap so you can use both hands; Use a slingshot bag you can work from without dropping or put the bag on the floor to ensure a stable safe place for lenses.


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Oct 20, 2012 18:16 as a reply to  @ Lester Wareham's post |  #13

Change lenses all the time. Dust... Who cares. Cleaning gear is routine maintenance. Dropping gear happens.


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Oct 20, 2012 18:29 |  #14

vaflower wrote in post #15146353 (external link)
How often do you do it ? and How much do you hate it ?

I always feel like I might drop a lens or two during the changes, moreover the dust will often easily get into the sensor. How do you cope with these issues ?

i change lenses whenever, wherever. probably dozens of times in a day when shooting landscapes. it cause me no stress. if i cared about changing lenses i would not own a DSLR.


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Oct 20, 2012 18:47 |  #15

I used to do it less before I got this bag. http://www.amazon.com …ange-200-AW/dp/B0043D2L6Q (external link)

Makes it a lot easier. As far as dust, had the problem all the time with my 20D, but with the 40, partially due to taking care and partially the self cleaning, I haven't done more than use a blower on the sensor in 4 years


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