Just a thought (or two), and seeking the opinions, advice and tips of others concerning fungus and dust problems in camera bodies and lenses.
It was brought to my attention recently that my friend's pretty expensive lens had some fungi growing on the rear element. And so it got me wondering again:
1. Lens fungus is the bane of our existence. Hence, keeping lenses clean and dry and in the dry cabinet when not in use is a good idea. How long can lenses be kept out of the dry cabinet, especially in our local context (humid and hot)?
Also, is taking the lenses out to 'sun' and expose them to a good dose of UV light a better idea, rather than leaving them in the black dry cabinet all the time? What's the best way to ensure the lens is kept clean and dry and free from fungi?
2. Dust in the lens is an inevitable outcome of any good camera lens, simply because a good camera lens is actually used! While this dust doesn't make a difference to your images, it is annoying to have.. and might potentially become a problem if it accumulates excessively (though I can't see how as yet). Any advise as to how this dust can be reduced, while still using your lenses freely?
Thanks alot for your kind attention and sharing your valuable insights with me (: Always keen to learn and improve my own practices!
To share with you my camera usage and care:
I'm a regular photographer and have six lenses in regular use. Changing lenses is the most natural thing to me, and I don't think twice about changes. I do so quickly, with minimal open exposure of the rear element and the inner chamber to the environment. Also, my camera body and rear elements always face downwards and away from wind when I do my lens changes. My lenses are always capped and placed in the bag when not in use.
After shooting, my lenses and bodies stay in the camera bag on most days after I bring them home. They're usually used again within the next few days. I'm under the impression (from what another experienced photographer shared with me) that since you use them regularly, you get fresh air and exposure to UV light that keeps fungi at bay.
Would it be - instead - advisable for me to keep my gear in the dry cabinet immediately after each use?
I store my gear in my dry cabinet when I've used them out in wet weather (not exposed to water directly), or when I've decided i've kept them out of the dry cabinet for too long (typically 2-3 weeks) or when I'm not going to use them for a long time.
I clean my bodies and lenses once in a long while, or when the they're obviously soiled by dust or grease. I otherwise leave my gear alone in the bag or dry cabinet after use.
I've had my gear for about 2.5 years. I've had no problems with fungi and my images are sharp and crisp thus far (: