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post #1 of 13
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I had some basic questions on care.

Should I be removing the lens when I put it in my bag?

Should I and if so how would I clean the camera?

Any other tips are welcome too, I just want my camera to last as long as possible.
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I only remove the lens when swapping, less likely to get dust on the sensor.
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i store my camera in my camera bag with the lenses off and a body cap on it. and my lenses with caps on all of them. i do this to save space in my bag so i can fit everything.
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You don't have to remove your lens when storing.

You don't really have to clean the camera unless you get dirt or dust on it (which it usually wont have unless you store it for a long time or fell in dirt)

You should have the sensor cleaned at least once a year. Other then that your camera should be fine.
 
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I see you have the Sigma 30mm. How do you like it? I was thinking of getting it and a Tokina 10-22mm. I know your camera is a full frame sensor so it will be a true 30mm and will perform different. I currently only have the Kit lens and the nifty fifty.

Also to the OP I just leave the lens on it and store in my bag with lens cap of course.

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i store my camera in my camera bag with the lenses off and a body cap on it. and my lenses with caps on all of them. i do this to save space in my bag so i can fit everything.
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I see you have the Sigma 30mm. How do you like it? I was thinking of getting it and a Tokina 10-22mm. I know your camera is a full frame sensor so it will be a true 30mm and will perform different. I currently only have the Kit lens and the nifty fifty.

Also to the OP I just leave the lens on it and store in my bag with lens cap of course.
The 7D is an APS-C crop, not a full frame. It has the exact same sensor as the T2i.

And the 30mm lens is one sweet piece of glass. Very nice FL to work with (much better than 50mm), and better IQ than the Canon 28mm f/1.8 IMO. Absolutely no regrets with this lens.
post #7 of 13
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I had some basic questions on care.

Should I be removing the lens when I put it in my bag?

Should I and if so how would I clean the camera?

Any other tips are welcome too, I just want my camera to last as long as possible.
If you take the lens off in the bag, then you will need the body cap. This is why leaving a lens attached when stowed is a good idea, so much so that most bags are designed with rated capacities for a DSLR with lens attached.

Cleaning can be done with a bulb blower, microfiber cloth, and a lens pen. That's all I use.

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I see you have the Sigma 30mm. How do you like it? I was thinking of getting it and a Tokina 10-22mm. I know your camera is a full frame sensor so it will be a true 30mm and will perform different. I currently only have the Kit lens and the nifty fifty.

Also to the OP I just leave the lens on it and store in my bag with lens cap of course.
Tokina doesn't do a 10-22. Canon does, the EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5. Tokina is most notable for the 11-16 f/2.8.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 10/9/11 at 4:54pm
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post #8 of 13
like several have mention it all depends on the size of the camera, lenses, and other equipment you are lugging. Generally I keep the lens on my camera unless space is an issue.

As for cleaning are we talking lens or the body?
post #9 of 13
Keep it at your side and don't drop it...too much

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Should I be removing the lens when I put it in my bag?

Should I and if so how would I clean the camera?

Any other tips are welcome too, I just want my camera to last as long as possible.
1. no
2. Only would need to clean the sensor if anything...there are products and tuts for that.
post #10 of 13
i generally leave my lens on my body. but when i dont plan to use the camera for a while (my a200) i keep the lens off with body cap and lens rear caps on to save space. its also a good idea to keep some desiccant in the bag/box if you are in a tropical area.

q-tip + wet wipes is what i use to wipe down teh outside of the body. lens cleaning paper + solution for the filters, front and rear elements.

and the sensor i let someone else deal with...
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