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Okay i have a big problem, i'm sure some of you guys have it too and its just the bloody issue of dealing with dust and gear. I've been shooting for over 6 years and i can NOT get over dust. It comes and goes in phases. 5 years back when i had a D40 i spent one summer just obsessing about sensor dust. Now its lens dust. And it's DRIVING ME MAD. I know that the dust doesn't affect my photos, it doesn't come up in my pics, affect flare or bokeh or anything. I do macro, but with the D800 i haven't. However even with my previous D300 and a dust "clogged" 105mm, the pictures still came out fantastic.
I've got the 24G, 50 1.2, 85 1.4G, 105VR and 70-300mm VR. The 70-300 is pristine, i've hardly used it since i got it, but the primes are just infested with dust. Here the scale of my problem, much to do with my OCD:
i bought 200 lens tissues (pec pads?), eclipse lens cleaning solution, a new blower (giottos coco large, cause my old one is like 3 years old and i'm afriad i blow dust in), a new microfiber cloth. I spent the whole day today just cleaning the rear elements of my 24 50 and 85. I didn't even dare touch the 105mm cause the element is more recessed. And every time i cleaned, i wasn't satisfied. There'd be tiny specs, swirly smudges, anything to just tick me off and get me to try again. And again and again and again. After 4 hours i used FORTY lens tissues and my hands aching from blowing time and time again. I know this seems more related to my OCD, and it is scary. But basically i need help getting over the dust issue.
I had a timescale, say every few years i send my gear for cleaning and clean the lenses. I did clean my 105 at nikon and it came back cleaner, but still a tad dusty. SO i kinda used that as the standard to see how clean i should clean the rear element. But i never really managed to feel satisfied. I do plan to send the gear for a clean-up after i travel indonesia next summer.
Oh then i decided to peer into the camera and check out my sensor. I put in a few blows, then i realised this tiny dust bunny clinging to the side of the chamber. Stupidly enough, i used my finger to try to remove it and spread the dust all along the velvety surface in the camera. I have a strong feeling some of that stuff will get onto the sensor...........
Wow i am an idiot but i just can't help it. I know how stupid my actions are and i just want to stop bothering about these trivial things. Whats worse is i've been at it for 6 years and i haven't felt any less bothered by it than when i first started.
How do you cope with dust? Ideally i'd imagine myself to just be carefree,swap lenses without worry, not inspect my lenses with a torchlight, then bring my gear to clean every 2-3 years or so. I mean photography is meant to be enjoyed, and i've got great lenses, i just really want to stop being bogged down by worry over this issue.