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Avoid Committing These Five Mistakes While Using Your DSLR

If photography excites you, you are likely to look at the basic tutorial classes on the web. Maybe you will buy yourself an entry-level DSLR, along with a couple of good lenses. After this, you may think you are ready to capture the world in your lens.

But remember that buying a DSLR, even if a basic model, is really an investment. While purchasing a DSLR camera insurance is a good bet against damages, you will certainly want to avoid some of the more common mistakes to increase your camera’s lifespan. After all, a little caution can indeed go a long way.

Listed below are five common mistakes that you want to avoid:

  • Exposing your DSLR to extreme temperatures

While modern-day DSLRs are sturdy and can endure high temperatures, you still cannot choose to be careless with it. Exposure to excessive heat might wreak havoc on the body and lens of your camera. That’s because the seal, that keeps out the moisture and dirt, can dry up, and the lubrication can evaporate. 

Besides, prolonged exposure to excessive heat can adversely impact the battery as well.

  • Exposing the camera to sudden condensation

It is normal for you to shoot under different weather conditions. But you will still have to be cautious when there is a shift in temperature happening — for instance, when you leave a warm room and go out in the open. 

That’s because the condensation – as natural a phenomena it is – can damage the image sensors of your DSLR. A way to prevent this from happening is to try and avoid shooting in an excessively humid environment. In case you have to shift to a warmer room from somewhere cold, make sure you are putting the DSLR inside a sealable bag. 

  • Exposing it to rain and snow

As with any electronic gadget, seepage of water inside your camera can be bad news. Not only can it result in rusting of important components, it can also cause a short circuit, resulting in the total breakdown of your camera.

However, if you have to shoot in rain or snow, consider putting the camera inside an airtight bag, with only the lens peering through a hole in the bag. If the camera gets wet, take out the battery, put the gadget inside a dehumidifying packet (preferably with a couple of silica gel patches), and rush to a professional service centre.

  • Not using a camera strap

If you are a professional photographer, chances are you already have a high-end DSLR or aspire for one. Considering the product can be worth a few thousands of rupees, it would be a bad gamble to trust your hands with it all the time. 

Remember, it only takes one mistake to drop the camera on the ground, and your investment could come to naught in no time. Even the most adroit of photographers can end the day with a weak grip (from holding the camera for a long time) or sweaty palms, for that matter. 

That is precisely why a robust camera strap is such an essential part of a full-blown DSLR kit. Don’t compromise on the strap; a meagre investment here can prevent large potential damages.

  • Don’t skimp on the bag

And finally, don’t skim on a good-quality camera bag. While it may be tempting to cut corners where you can, remember that your camera bag is the first line of defence between your DSLR and the world.

If you have a hawk-like focus on photography, you would want to buy the best DSLR camera out there. But bear in mind that these gadgets are expensive; and therefore, it is advisable to buy camera insurance to protect your DSLR from damages, loss or theft.

Pocket insurance and subscriptions offered by Bajaj Finserv has on offer convenient insurance solutions spread across different categories – assistance, wellness, lifestyle, travel and health. You can browse your way to the DSLR Camera Insurance that caters to the needs of camera owners.

With this camera accident insurance, you can get comprehensive coverage – up to Rs.25,000 at an affordable premium of Rs.699 p.a. – from a wide range of damages, including accidental damages, burglary, mechanical breakdown and theft/loss of your camera. Also, an easy insurance claim process adds the element of convenience, making sure you are reimbursed for any loss, on priority.

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