It's good to have a blower and a micro fiber cloth inside your camera bag,
Coolthought has a point. Tripod and shutter release is quite essential for landscape, or so I heard..Originally Posted by zapit
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Want to get back to photography
I'm using that :xOriginally Posted by zapit
Well Zapit, you seems to have everything well under control and priority sorted out. Yes just go and get what you plan and start shooting. I only have 3 item to contribute and they are:Originally Posted by zapit
1. For the first couple of months, the dry cabinet is not a critical item to purchase as you will be too engross with the camera and lens to have them lying around thus need environmental control. I bought my Leica and few lens in September last year and till now, very wet period of the year, they have not seen the inside of my dry cabinet yet. I bought my first SLR in 1968. So long as you use your camera and lens at least once a fortnight, allowing them to "see" sunlight while you use them, fungus is not going to be an issue. What is more important is that you keep your equipment clean after each and every use, thus my recommendation in item 2. However, if your system need to be put away for longer than a month, I would strongly recommend keeping them under environmental control, meaning controlling at least the humidity to below 50%.
2. Yes get a good set of cleaning kit. Do not be stingy with this kit. A powerful blower is a must, lens pen is very useful on the go, lens tissue and cleaning fluid are also necessities. I would also recommend a piece of good quality chamois and also microfiber cloth. I never go out with my camera, less those P&S, without my chamois.
3. Finally, get a handy and "unrestrictive" camera bag for your camera and lens. A small sling bag such as the Lowepro passport sling, costing just $55 can be a very useful addition to your initial purchase.
Chamois is not microfiber, it is very soft leather, the real one and not the fake stuff or synthetic one. There are those specially made for lens cleaning and you can get them in some camera shops. Maintain them well and they will last for years upon years. My first piece which was made in Japan bought more than 20 years ago is still being use to clean my lens. I just wash it from time to time and let it dry slowly at room temperature away from the sun, usually overnight. After it is dry, rub it to soften it and it is back in business. I saw the shop in Peninsular shopping center just next to Cathay Photo selling the very same brand as I had bought 20 over years ago. I think they are selling it for over $20 for a small piece about the size of a handkerchief. Chamois are also used to clean aircraft windshield.Originally Posted by zapit
I prefer the Chamois as it is easy to wash and reuse. I also find chamois softer. Microfiber is also good, it's personal choice.Originally Posted by zapit
I see, will stick to my Hoya micro fiber then.
i sense BBB creeping up behind everyone in this thread lol
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Colloquial English - "Buy Buy Buy!"Originally Posted by zapit