With so much talk of dust on the D600 sensor, the issue of it being related to lens changes has been skirted a few times. Given that so many of us are afflicted with NAS, it's inevitable that we all have more lenses than bodies and are therefore prone to changing lenses relatively frequently. So what do you all do to try and minimize the impact of dust? Do you do things in a certain order? Do you only change lenses in certain places? Thought it might be worthwhile to share.
I've changed lenses on a windy beach, in a snowstorm and in my living room. For the first two, I use my open jacket as a portable shelter.
@Ironheart - i do use this method though
Awaiting a DX D400
Wow! I thought it was really clever! Whether or not i can remember how to do it in the field is another matter but he is certainly better at changing lenses than i am!
Like you and Ironheart, I too use my jacket/coat as a way of preventing unwanted objects from getting in to the body. In fact, Ironheart did exactly that as we shot on the beach on my visit up in SF when sand was blowing all over the place.
The best solution I have found in hedging against debris from getting on the sensor is find out what type of photography I'm going to do, then I pick a single lens that will allow me to do so. For me, this happens to be the 24-70 2.8.
Get the next lens out, loosen its rear cap and stand the lens upright resting in its cap, loosen the lens on the camera, pick up the replacement in one hand leaving the lens cap on the surface then finish undoing the camera lens, remove it and immediately cover the hole by inserting the next lens into it. Place the lens I removed on/in the rear cap and leave that while I ensure the lens on the camera is inserted correctly then turn and lock it. Pick up the lens I took off with the rear cap, lock on the rear cap and replace in my bag. I wonder if it is my routine of not having my body open for more than 1 second that helps my sensor stay clean? 1 spot after 1 year.
I have 6 lenses BTW.
Great for young folks...but very important...if one stores the lens hood on the lens, this must be removed first, otherwise disaster happens. And, for those of us who may have some arthritis, small hands, or other physical issue which prevents a firm grip on a lens as shown in the video, we do it in a more conservative manner.
But, it is something to consider...thanks Golf.
#2 If windy rainy or just plain unpleasant, relocate to a decent environment)
#3 Remove your left hand from under your lens barrel (given you are holding the lens properly
#4 Put a lens cap on the front of your lens
#5 Turn camera off
#6 Put right hand firmly around the lens with the camera pointed downwards
#7 Grip body with your Left hand
#8 push Release lock in located to the center left of your lens
#9 turn lens counter clockwise until white dots align
#10 pull lens away from the body and set into holster/bag or on table face down
#11 remove rear cap from other lens
#12 mount to camera with 2 dots aligned (warning one can mount lens upside down which is BAD for the lens)
#13 turn clockwise until you hear a click and lens stops
#14 put rear lenscap on the lens you removed in steps 6-10
#15 turn camera on
#16 take front cover off
#17 start shooting
Or just do what I do and change it anywhere anytime anyplace quickly. Pull one off slap the next one on (not recommended)
1: Asses the situation - get out of the shower BEFORE changing the lens
2a: Check with meteorological services - wind direction, rain - if either, stay in bed
2b: Check with NASA for unusual sunspot activity - if likely, goto 2a
2c: Make sure children are out of the house/sold (children create dust)
Apart from that, not too bad...
A list of steps, huh?
First, the location...closed environment with all air movement stopped if possible. Avoiding fabrics, dusty areas is best. No car heater or AC fans on.
I turn off the camera as the book says. Remove lens hood, place on table and replace with front cap.
New lens, remove reversed lens hood, loosen rear cap and set on hard surface or clean area so it does not roll off. Usually on its side.
Body in left hand, release pressed and lens removed and set down next to new lens with right hand. Move rear cap from new lens to old lens, take new lens and place in body. I try to hold the body so the opening is horizontal or pointing slightly downward.
I have not had to clean a rear element of any lens except when inadvertently a fingerprint or other smudge happens. Some light blowing of air will remove small dust particles if necessary.
I suspect the more obsessive compulsive we are, the more particular about our lenses we become. Yet, when shooting, I have beaten cameras on rocks, dropped into wet sand, walked into 160° F environments, hung out over building edges, all with potential damage to cameras including dirt, water, etc. But, when the lens change occurs, I can be very cautious.
I don't think I worry about dust and such as much as some here. I change lenses when and where I need to and really haven't had any issues over the years.
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Not that this is a bad thread, but if it was something as simple as this, they would have seen dust on previous bodies. I think there seems to be the "perfect storm" of inconsequential things that have just lined up.
I'm wondering if part of all the "dust in D600" is more due to people using lenses that "breath" when zooming in and out that blows dust into the box. Especially with the older zooms that people may have sitting around the have been not so much "dusted off" and are getting slapped onto bodies. The D600 has allowed a different user (lower spender) access to FX who generally would use the more consumer zooms and used older lenses that are much more prone to sucking up dust than the pro glass. Slap a 15yr old 28-85 kit lens on a body and you are much more likely to see the dust from that than the lens swaps. Just a thought.