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At this very moment my new (used) Nikon D50 is on her way to me. Its my first DSLR.Must prep the nursery!.

I have a used Nikon 50mm f1.8 and am getting a new Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for starters..

I want everything to be and stay pristine..

Ive read that using filters can block the amount of light entering lens&but; cant that be accommodated by changing speed or aperture&if; one wanted to opt in favor of safety? Wouldnt you learn to work around that?.

That said,1) Whats the best hygiene procedure for maintaining lenses and changing them?.

I think I should get a protective filter of some sort to keep on front of each lens at all times&but; should it be UV or clear? Should it be high end (Im decidedly not loaded with dollar signs) or will a $10-20 filter do for now? Brands to buy?.

1a) Will also be getting a hood with each. Best to buy a flower hood or a circular one?.

2) Whats the best procedure for cleaning lens&blower;/brush,lens fluid with tissue paper or microfiber cloth?.

3) Every time I change lens, should I be cleaning the back end of the lens too  with the brush/blower/cloth, etc? Changing lens inside a plastic bag?.

Im not completely obsessive-compulsive, but because Im not rich I really need to take excellent care of what I do have..

Id appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!..

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Barheeway wrote:.

At this very moment my new (used) Nikon D50 is on her way to me. Itsmy first DSLR..

Congratulations.

Must prep the nursery!.

DOUBLE Congratulations.

I want everything to be and stay pristine..

Good luck. Do you know how the camera was treated before you got it?.

Whats the best hygiene procedure for maintaining lenses and changing them?.

Don't obsess over dust. Its a fact of life. Get yourself a Rocket bulb and learn how to clean your sensor. One thing I find helpful is to clean (keep clean) the area around the lens mount. Lets say you are ready to change the lens. If there is a lot of dust hanging around the outside of the lens mount, it's more likely to get sucked into the mirror box when your change lenses.

Also brush away the dust on the new lens (while the rear lens cap is still mounted).

I think I should get a protective filter of some sort to keep onfront of each lens at all times&but; should it be UV or clear? Shouldit be high end (Im decidedly not loaded with dollar signs) or will a$10-20 filter do for now? Brands to buy?.

ANY filter is gonna degrade the image quality, especially a $10 one. See the next section.

1a) Will also be getting a hood with each. Best to buy a flowerhood or a circular one?.

Use the hood that CAME with the lens, or the hood specifically designed for THAT lens. It's gonna offer the best performance AND protection. (The only caveat is if you are shooting in harsh conditions - salt water spray, etc).

Im not completely obsessive-compulsive.

Yes you are - LOL.

But because Im not rich I really need to take excellent care of what I do have..

Let's look at this realistically. Your new baby (your spawn) is gonna cost you over $100,000 before he/she reaches the age of 18. Your used D50 is only gonna cost you several hundred dollars. Both are gonna supply a lifetime of memories..

Seriously, there is little you can intentionally do to lengthen the life of the D50 by a few months or more. You can obsess over keeping it pristine, or keep it handy and ready to shoot at a moments notice..

Id appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!.

Sleep now, there will be little for the next 18 years.Take it from me Dad of Four Warm regards,DOF..

Comment #1

For changing lense, do it in a dust free environment as possible and with camera pointing down so dust won't fall into camera sensor. Learn the procedure for cleaning sensor when it becomes necessary. A UV filter on lens is a good idea but not critical. A brush - blower is fine. Since you are going to have sensor cleaning materials anyway, the pec-pad cloth is fine for cleaning lens as well.Will..

Comment #2

I would only use a filter when you have need for a specific filter like a circular polariizor for something..

I would not use a filter to protect the front of the lens. By adding a piece of glass no matter how expensive, you are creating one more element in induce flare and reflection, lowering contrast and poorer resolution. The designers created a, for example, 5 element in 4 group lens, not a 6 element in 5 group. Don't diminish good glass with any filter..

I've never in almost 50 years seen a broken front element where a thin little filter would have helped. People will show broken filters as proof, but that doesn't mean that the damage would have taken out the front element..

But even if it did, it's not worth the poorer quality you get with using a filter. Read what the pros say about protective filters..

Http://www.earthboundlight.com/...phototips/so-called-protective-filters.htmlhttp://www.bythom.com/filters.htmBjorn Rorslet and Ken Rockwell and many more..

Some camera manufacturers suggest the use, but I don't like it. My 2 cents..

Comment #3

There are two "camps" re the subject of lens protection with a filter..

One "camp" insists that it's not necessary (a hood is better) and that it negatively affects the IQ. But they say that IF you absolutely must have and use one, get a really good one (that's mostly one with excellent AR coatings...which means expensive)..

The other "camp" believes firmly that it's dumb to NOT use a filter...that lenses are simply TOO expensive and delicate to take chances with. And besides, they have done testing to see if the filter actually does reduce the IQ and came away with inconclusive results..

To some extent, these are both "religious" beliefs. I try not to be religious about things like this, but it's hard to be totally objective...mostly because there is no single right answer..

I don't use protective filters. If I did, I would use very expensive multi-coated ones from Hoya or the equivalent. Some of these can cost several hundred dollars! I can't justify doing this..

Let's take your first lens as an example....

A "used Nikon 50mm f1.8" is worth perhaps $90? A good Hoya Pro I UV filter is about $45 in 52mm size. That means that you increase the investment 50% when you go down this path. Even when using a thin (3mm) filter like this, if you add a CP filter, you often create vignetting..

I have a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens that I got with my first Nikon F camera back in the 1960's. I never used a protective filter on it. The front surface seems perfect even after 40 years of use..

Almost weekly, I see pix posted here from beginners that have IQ issues. We more experienced guys/gals tell them one of two things to "fix" their problem (which is caused by a cheap UV filter):.

1. Camp 1 says to take off the UV filter...2. Camp 2 says to replace it with an expensive (good) one....

BTW, the rumor that a UV filter reduces the amount of light is phony!.

Barheeway wrote:.

At this very moment my new (used) Nikon D50 is on her way to me. Itsmy first DSLR.Must prep the nursery!.

I have a used Nikon 50mm f1.8 and am getting a new Tamron 17-50 f2.8for starters..

I want everything to be and stay pristine..

Ive read that using filters can block the amount of light enteringlens&but; cant that be accommodated by changing speed or aperture&if;one wanted to opt in favor of safety? Wouldnt you learn to workaround that?.

That said,1) Whats the best hygiene procedure for maintaining lenses andchanging them?.

I think I should get a protective filter of some sort to keep onfront of each lens at all times&but; should it be UV or clear? Shouldit be high end (Im decidedly not loaded with dollar signs) or will a$10-20 filter do for now? Brands to buy?.

1a) Will also be getting a hood with each. Best to buy a flowerhood or a circular one?.

2) Whats the best procedure for cleaning lens&blower;/brush,lensfluid with tissue paper or microfiber cloth?.

3) Every time I change lens, should I be cleaning the back end of thelens too  with the brush/blower/cloth, etc? Changing lens inside aplastic bag?.

Im not completely obsessive-compulsive, but because Im not rich Ireally need to take excellent care of what I do have..

Id appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #4

Dad_of_four wrote:.

Let's look at this realistically. Your new baby (your spawn) isgonna cost you over $100,000 before he/she reaches the age of 18.Your used D50 is only gonna cost you several hundred dollars. Bothare gonna supply a lifetime of memories..

Id appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!.

Sleep now, there will be little for the next 18 years.Take it from me Dad of Four .

.....the new baby is the D50 and he/she wants to get the necessary items required to keep things pristine..

Regards,Hank.

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Comment #5

Barheeway wrote:.

At this very moment my new (used) Nikon D50 is on her way to me. Itsmy first DSLR..

Congratulations..

Must prep the nursery!.

Ummm, okay..

I have a used Nikon 50mm f1.8 and am getting a new Tamron 17-50 f2.8for starters..

I have both of those lenses and am satisfied with their performance..

I want everything to be and stay pristine..

Will you be shooting in a cleanroom?.

Ive read that using filters can block the amount of light enteringlens&.

ND filters certainly do. UV? No..

But cant that be accommodated by changing speed or aperture&.

Yes..

If one wanted to opt in favor of safety?Wouldnt you learn to work around that?.

I suppose..

That said,1) Whats the best hygiene procedure for maintaining lenses andchanging them?.

If you go in areas of dirt and dust, they'll get dirty and dusty. If you shoot in a cleanroom, the job will be easy. All you can really do is keep the exterior clean, unless you really know what you're doing. So, get a microfiber cloth and a blower, then be careful when cleaning any light-passing glass..

I think I should get a protective filter of some sort to keep onfront of each lens at all times&but; should it be UV or clear?.

I doubt that you'll ever see the difference..

Shouldit be high end (Im decidedly not loaded with dollar signs) or will a$10-20 filter do for now? Brands to buy?.

If you feel the need for a protective filter, then get a top-end filter (Nikon, B+W). A cheap filter will degrade the performance of your expensive lens. Why do that?.

1a) Will also be getting a hood with each. Best to buy a flowerhood or a circular one?.

Circular for the fixed focal length lens. Flower for the zoom..

2) Whats the best procedure for cleaning lens&blower;/brush,lensfluid with tissue paper or microfiber cloth?.

I would stick with the microfiber and blower these days..

3) Every time I change lens, should I be cleaning the back end of thelens too  with the brush/blower/cloth, etc? Changing lens inside aplastic bag?.

Only clean glass when it needs cleaning. As far as the plastic bag goes, what steps are you taking to make it a portable cleanroom?.

Im not completely obsessive-compulsive,.

Not completely, certainly. 99.9% is more accurate..

But because Im not rich Ireally need to take excellent care of what I do have..

A laudable attitude. My best wishes to you...

Comment #6

Thank you all for your very practical responses!.

And yes, the "baby" I was referring to WAS the camera, not a human! (Been there, done that - which is why I can afford a camera now, after all these years!).

Have gotten hoods for each lens and am contemplating getting some B&W filters ...maybe a circular polarizer... for each. That means one for the 2 67 mm lenses, and a 62mm one with a "step-down" ring so that it can fit the 62 and the 52mm. I think that will work..

Not cheap, but if I can make them do double-duty on a couple of lenses each, I think I will go that route..

I frequent dirty dusty gritty places (horses farms, Iceland and North Sea environs) as often as I can...not to mention the filthy polluted and gritty atmosphere of Eastrern Europe and northeastern US cities.....

A little extra protection won't kill me..

And no..........I am NOT like Monk (although he is a favorite of mine!)Anyone who knows me would writhe on the floor at the mere suggestion.........

I'm just careful, that's all.........

Many thanks!..

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