What’s in Your Camera Bag or Backpack?

Since people are always asking me that question—what’s in my camera bag?—I decided to make that one of this blog’s theme days and Wednesdays seemed like a perfect fit. Alternating with Landscape Wednesdays, I’ll be looking at that one special little gadget or gizmo that that makes photography a little easier or is just an indispensable piece of gear that I think belongs in every photographer’s gear bag. This week it has to do with keeping your lenses clean and smudge free.

There’s an old photographer’s saying—I think I made it up—that if you take care of your equipment it will take care of you. When cleaning your lenses, don’t douse the front element with cleaning fluid. It is highly viscous and can find its way into nooks and crannies on your lens or front filter and can cause problems with repeated use that’s why I like to use the LensPen. It’s small enough that you can clip it in your pocket or toss it in your camera bag or backpack and has two easily accessible working ends. Slide out the natural goat hair brush end and use it to effectively remove all loose dust and dirt from the lens. Then take the cap off the other end and the flexible chamois tip that’s embedded with a carbon compound to remove any pesky fingerprints. The cap has a pad of carbon compound to constantly refresh the chamois. LensPens are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and meet California’s Proposition 65 standards and cost less than $15!

Author: Joe Farace

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