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 Post subject: Dust Cleaning & Dust/Rain Covers
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:15 pm 
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For a general topic this is getting little posts.... :shock:

But todays hint:

One of the largest troublemaker in photography in the Parks is dust. Plain old dust, tiny little bits of dust, gets anywhere, and stays there. You'll notice it on your sensor, but also under buttons etc. And the last bit is hard to remove.

A little solution Madach and I used in *offtopic area* and KTP:

Bathcaps!

Just pull them over the camera (let the straps fall next to the lens first) and let the lens stick out. It kept most of the dust out and off the camera, and that with a very minimal investment....

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Now that is a brilliant idea...thanks for sharing DQ...up to now my cameras stay on the back seat uncovered, windows open and ready to go with lenscaps off and VR on...Thanks for sharing that DQ...10/10 good tip. I saw a guy at Biyamiti who used a pillow slip...also a good idea

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I always use a old tent bag, or the leg of the zipp-off pants
But just bought a very compact, simple durable rain/dust cover, not to expensive
16" rain/dust cover
And the ship to most countries

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 Post subject: Dust
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Another stupid question (why is it always me that ends up asking the stupid question?! :roll: )

Do you have your windows down in the car when in the park? I always keep them down just in case I have to hop over to the other side, but the problem is DUST! I seem to pick up an inordinate amount of dust - I still have dust in my car from my last trip and it's been to the Carwash twice already!


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Dust gets in anyways.
I always try to cover the lens/camera with a towel.
I always carry a old tentbag with me. Can easily slip my whole
setup in there.
But still the lens gets covered with dust :twisted:

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 Post subject: Dust
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You have to live with it . I use a small drawstring cloth bag to put my camera into .
I am also one who is unhappy with dust clinging to the interior of these plastic cars , the plastic does attract dust .
But if you drive with windows closed , you may as well watch a video !

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 Post subject: Re: Dust
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shortcourse wrote:
Do you have your windows down in the car when in the park ..... the problem is DUST!

I drive a Landy so dust always gets in even if the windows are closed.
shortcourse wrote:
I still have dust in my car from my last trip and it's been to the Carwash twice already!

Can't take a Landy to the carwash - I get wetter inside than the Landy does outside.

On a more serious note, dust in KTP can be a problem. A couple of years ago I noticed pro tog Erwin Niemand (who produced a beautiful book on the KTP) had his lenses wrapped in plastic to keep the dust out. He said that after 18 months in the KTP he had started to hear grinding noises from the internals of his lenses so he improvised with the plastic to protect them. I am sure that commercial lens covers (you know the ones in the snazzy camouflage colours ?) would probably also help.


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Hi Shortcourse...welcome to the reality of Wild life photography in Africa... I dont know what kit you have but this is what I have been doing for the last 40 years in this game...I have a 70-200 plus 1.4 convertor on the camera and this is on my lap (obviosly on with the IS/VR also active) with a cloth over it (or a jacket or jersey)
then on the backseat (or passenger seat if my Wife has elected to sleep in) I have my bigger lens a 200-400 all primed with lenshood on etc and this is also covered until I need it. Every evening I dust the stuff down...It works..just be practical and keep it simple and be ready to shoot at a moments notice

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on my last vacation I used a very easy thing, bathcaps! While it still doesn't keep out all dust, just that and a towel or heavy shirt over your gear keeps away most dust, and you can rip them off your cameras body in a flash..

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Thanks guys - that's exactly why we have this forum. Really appreciate the advice and will certainly put it to good use. Thanks for the tips - bathcaps?! :mrgreen: Will try!!!!


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You could one of these but they do reduce access to the controls. Handy on a walk in a summer shower though and on the beach.

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The bathcaps work amazingly well. This is how they look on the camera:

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Have the same ones:shock:
Its either this brand or with flowers :D

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