Pro Tips: Restoring Used Camera Equipment

There are many different ways you can approach restoring used camera equipment, from light cleaning to replacing various components. Use your knowledge and good sense in order to produce a great restored result. Here is a list of things that you can do to restore your camera and other pieces of camera equipment. The opportunities to use your camera equipment again are endless.

Tools and Materials

  • Microfiber cleaning cloth
  • Lens Cleaning Solution
  • Batteries
  • Screwdriver
  • Lubricant

Step 1 - Clean the Camera

To effectively clean your camera, gently wipe the lens with a soft microfiber cleaning cloth. Do not use paper towel or napkins as this will scratch the surface of the lens and you will not be able to take great and clear photographs anymore. Avoid getting fingerprints and dust on the surface of the glass. If you find your lens is sticky with residue, apply a few drops of lens cleaning solution and wipe gently to remove. Wipe the rest of the camera to remove and dirt or dust that has accumulated over time.

Step 2 - Change the Batteries

Put a fresh set of batteries inside your camera or other camera equipment. Old batteries can corrode or leak battery acid. It is better to start of on a fresh footing with your restored equipment.

Step 3 - Interchange Old for New Parts

If there are small parts missing or not working on your camera, replace them with new parts. Generally you will look to change anything that has a small switch or that can pull off with a simple screwdriver or allen wrench. If you need anything beyond this type of repair and replacement, you should seek the advice and the help of a certified camera repair and restoration company.

Step 4 - Add a New Flash

You will be surprised to find out how much better your old camera will work if you add a new flash. You will lighten up all of your photos that you take with your newly restored camera. Not everything on an older camera needs to be replaced, but a new flash is something that will just add its weight in gold. You cannot do without a great flash.

Step 5 - Grease and Oil

Some of the other camera equipment pieces like the tripod and other lighting equipment may just need a little bit of grease and oil to make it work well. Sometimes the equipment just gets rusty and clamped together. In order to get it moving and bending, you can lubricate it and it will work like new.

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