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    Junior Member mcsquid86's Avatar
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    Will Sand get in my DSLR camera and lens

    I have a dslr camera and some interchangeable lenses. I'm worried with all the wind I've been hearing about, that sand might get in my camera and mess it up. Has anyone had this issue or will I be ok as long as I don't change my lenses on the beach?
    I really want to take pictures of the parade.
    We leave Saturday the 5th. We can't wait.
    Thanks from the noobie here.

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    maybe some of our photographers will reply.
    i am going to copy this post and put it in it own thread in the wedding section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcsquid86 View Post
    I have a dslr camera and some interchangeable lenses. I'm worried with all the wind I've been hearing about, that sand might get in my camera and mess it up. Has anyone had this issue or will I be ok as long as I don't change my lenses on the beach?
    I really want to take pictures of the parade.
    We leave Saturday the 5th. We can't wait.
    Thanks from the noobie here.

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    I am a very novice photographer and can say that I have not had any problems. Surely do take special care whenever possible.

    I use a
    UV filter to protect all of my lenses. Rather switching off each of those, I have one for each. Also helpful to have some spares if you are going to be taking any photos of the windward coast. With the blowing spray from the waves you will have salt on your lens. After you are finished you can switch off to a clean filter and clean the salty filter back at your hotel.

    When I arrive home I make sure that I clean my camera thoroughly. You can purchase a cleaning kit at any camera store. Use the blower brush if you have any sand. Camera stores will also professional clean your camera for $$$.


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    For myself I always try to change my DSLR lenses in the car...

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    Quote Originally Posted by qlaval View Post
    For myself I always try to change my DSLR lenses in the car...

    Yes, I do that too if we are sightseeing and driving around. For days on the beach I sometimes switch lenses day by day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    ... For days on the beach I sometimes switch lenses day by day.
    Probable the best solution...
    But if I really need to I would do it under a clean towel....
    If unavailable I wouldn't do it, salt stain inside my camera casing no way....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcsquid86 View Post
    I have a dslr camera and some interchangeable lenses. I'm worried with all the wind I've been hearing about, that sand might get in my camera and mess it up. Has anyone had this issue or will I be ok as long as I don't change my lenses on the beach?
    I really want to take pictures of the parade.
    We leave Saturday the 5th. We can't wait.
    Thanks from the noobie here.
    Hi there, don't leave home without your camera! I never change lenses on the beach. Most of the professional photographers will shoot with two camera's before changing lenses in the wind with the sand.

    Another tip is to never put your hands in the sand when you have your camera with you. Don't want to get sand under your nails and into the camera. Don't be worried, your camera will be fine, just take cautions.

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    Jason!!!
    How are you?
    THERE ARE PLACES TO SEE - STORIES TO TELL
    IMAGES TO HARNESS - AND MORE STORIES ON caribbean.tv
    be well
    charles

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    I don't know if this will help but.....I have an Olympus 1030 model.The kind that can(and does) go underwater without any other protection.I use this camera all the time and yes on occasion sand will get on various parts of the camera.However this camera can be rinsed under water so it's not a real issue.Me personally,I would use my DSLR for daily trips or a few shots on the beach and then put it back in your room.JMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribbean-tattler View Post
    Jason!!!
    How are you?

    I'm not Jason, but I'm fine.

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