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Best practise for attaching lenses please
Hi Everyone,.

I've just treated myself to my first and probably only dslr - Nikon d300. (Yippee).

Although the manual is over 400 pages long it doesn't (or I haven't found it) tell you the best position to adopt when changing lenses in order to minimise dust..

Could anyone help?.

I obviously imagine you don't lie the camera on it's back as dust will settle,.

But do I attach the lens with the camera body vertical,.

Or do I hold camera body face down (but this probably makes it more awkward)..

Also is it common practise to attach a filter to protect each lens, or will this degrade the image too much. My lens is 105vr macro.

Thanks in advance.

Regards.

Chris..

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Zzzz wrote:[snip].

The D300 has a self cleaning sensor, so you shouldn't have to worry too much about dust..

But do I attach the lens with the camera body vertical,.

Or do I hold camera body face down (but this probably makes it moreawkward)..

I hold the camera body down when changing lenses, but I doubt that it does much good. More importantly, I blow clean the back of the lens that I am attaching to get any dust off of it before making the attachment. This is probably good practice, even with the D300's self cleaning system..

Also is it common practise to attach a filter to protect each lens,or will this degrade the image too much. My lens is 105vr macro.

Two views on this. First is that a UV filter, provided it is good quality, doesn't degrade the image significantly and does protect the lens from scratches. Second view (to which I subscribe) is that using a lens hood the whole time gives just as much protection.Chris R..

Comment #1

Chris,.

As "Chris R" said, the D300 does have a self cleaning sensor (although according to Cameralabs it's not all that useful). No dust problems with my D300 though - probably mainly because I've only taken lens off once since got it! However, to take extra care when changing lenses you might like to see following:-.

Http://www.clarkvision.com/photoinfo/dslr.changing.lenses/.

For your info, I don't have a lens changing position - more a major concern of not dropping anything and I subscribe to the use a filter view - currently using a UV one..

Regards.....Caster.

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Comment #2

The best way to change a lens is to have the camera mounted on a tripod with the camera facing down..

I always use a hood to protect my lens instead of a filter...

Comment #3

Hi Again,Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply..

I like the tripod idea, that sounds very good practise..

If I recall correctly on my 105vr instruction manual it says a hood will cause vignetting, so perhaps with that particular lens I may be better with a filter, though I prefer not to use one if I can get away with it..

But then again a scratch on that lens and I may shoot myself.

Kind Regards.

Chris..

Comment #4

Zzzz wrote:.

Hi Again,Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply..

I like the tripod idea, that sounds very good practise..

If I recall correctly on my 105vr instruction manual it says a hoodwill cause vignetting, so perhaps with that particular lens I may bebetter with a filter, though I prefer not to use one if I can getaway with it..

While I don't have a 105vr (they charge money for those things) it has been my experience that Nikon doesn't put hoods on their lenses that block out the field..

What exactly does the manual say about the hood? Is the standard hood made for 1.5X crop?.

Nikon macro lenses tend to be absurdly sharp; they're the last lenses I would put extra glass on..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #5

One thing to consider is turning your camera off. While it is on, there is a static charge to the CCD which can attract dust. At least this is what I have read..

Good luck keeping dust out but eventually you will probably get dust on the sensor (actually the glass over the sensor) and you will need to invest in some cleaning products. I recommend a large dust blower (like the rocket variety) and when that fails, using a wet solution (it's scary the first time but it's not as bad as it seems)..

Abe..

Comment #6

AbeFriedman wrote:.

One thing to consider is turning your camera off. While it is on,there is a static charge to the CCD which can attract dust. At leastthis is what I have read..

I'll add to that that stabilized lens need to be powered down anyways, at least nikon ones do, because the element that moves isn't in it's parked position and can rattle around in your camera bag...

Comment #7

Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments, bye the way I made a mistale over the vignetting. On closer inspection of the manual it says if you use on board flash with hood it will cause vignetting, or if hood is incorrectly aligned..

Sorry for any confusion caused..

Thanks again.

Chris..

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