It seems like there has been a bit of a boom in the photographer-specific clothing market lately. The most recent version to hit my inbox is from the folks at Genius T with built-in lens cloth material at the pocket or on a patch across the hip.
The Pocket Tee seems like the most practical option, with a tie-shaped microfiber tongue that flips out from the shirt pocket ready to clean a lens (or a smartphone or iPad screen if you wish). When the cloth isn’t in use, it’s protected by the pocket to keep it clean and it obscures the fact that there’s anything different about the shirt in the first place.
Courtesy of Genius Tees
Genius Loop Tee shirt
The Genius Patch Tee has a rather large, triangular patch of microfiber at hip level, which is more geared toward cleaning off an iPad or something of the like, but will work for cameras lenses as well. That patch, however, isn’t protected when not in use.
The Loop Tee has—as you may have guessed—a microfiber loop near the hip, which is less noticeable than the patch.
When particles of dust and debris get on your camera sensors, they can cause frustrating spots in your shots that ruin entire batches of photographs. Thus, many photographers like to regularly give their sensor a cleaning to make sure it’s free of spots. In the 10-minute video above, PhotoRec Toby offers a detailed look at how you should go about dry and wet cleaning your image sensor.
Toby begins by showing us exactly how dirty his Sony a7R’s sensor became after a recent photo trip to Iceland. Snapping a photograph of a white surface and then importing it into Lightroom for closer examination confirms his sensor needs a good bit of cleaning.
Starting with a bulb air blaster, Toby tries to remove larger bits of dust and debris. Unfortunately, in his case, the current of air isn’t enough to eliminate the particles clinging to the sensor itself. Using the camera’s internal sensor cleaning function is attempted but, unfortunately, isn’t able to get the job done. He then decides to try a more thorough wet cleaning process.
Toby uses the DustAid Dust Wand Kit and applies a bit of a liquid cleaning solution to the end of one of the wands designed for his full frame sensor. Carefully moving across his sensor, Toby is finally able to remove the undesired particles, removing them from the camera entirely (rather than just relocating it).
For photographers using DSLRs instead of mirrorless cameras, Toby also shows how to lock up the mirror and expose your sensor for the cleaning process. If you enjoyed this tutorial, you can find more of Toby’s videos over on his YouTube channel.
Update: It looks like this video has been removed by the uploader. There seems to be a mirror here if you’re interested in seeing what this was about.
A photographer uploaded this bizarre video titled “How to clean expensive camera gear.” It shows a RED Epic Dragon 6K camera, Canon 1D X, and a couple of high-end Canon L lenses getting deep “cleaned”… with water and sand.
This is the last thing you should do with equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars (the RED camera alone is worth that much), so is this what it looks like when a photographer reaches their breaking point?…
Here’s a cool patent that gives new purpose to a camera accessory you don’t hear talked about much: the body cap. Chances are you don’t give your camera’s body cap much thought, but the body cap Canon just patented would serve a dual purpose by not just keeping your sensor protected, but also cleaning the contacts on your lens mount in the process.
Egami spotted the patent, and it’s pretty basic. Every time you remove and re-attach the body cap, you clean the contacts on your lens mount and (hopefully) extend the camera’s usefulness for a little while longer. As with all patents it’s not necessarily something we’ll ever see in reality, but it’s a neat idea that makes an easily overlooked accessory a bit more useful.