How to Protect Your Camera Lens(es)

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 16, 2020 7:26:59 AM

How to Protect Your Camera Lens(es)

How to Protect Your Camera Lens(es)

Protect your camera lens with a filter / protect your camera lens from scratches

Even if you’re not using a filter to obtain any particular photographic effect, it’s still wise to keep a filter on your camera lens in order to add a layer of protection. A UV or ND filter could be used; either filter will help prevent scratches from getting on the lens.

The AmazonBasics UV Protection Camera Lens Filter would likely do the job, but you could also go with something fancier such as the K&F Concept 82MM Ultra Slim ND Filter Adjustable Neutral Density Filter if you’re willing to spend a bit more. [Affiliate Links]

Protect your camera lens with a lens cap / camera lens cover / camera lens protector

It may seem obvious, but the lens cap is under-appreciated and best practices around using lens caps are often not followed, so it’s worth reminding: you should keep lens caps (both front and rear) on your lenses at all times when you’re not using them, such as when they’re in a camera bag.

The lens cap that came with your camera might be perfectly adequate, but do you have a backup? There might also be some better, sturdier lens caps out there that would be a good fit for your camera. It’s worth doing some research.

The Lens Cap Bundle - 4 Snap-on Lens Caps for DSLR Cameras from CAMKIX is worth a look. The Nikon LF-4 Rear Lens Cap is also well reviewed. [Affiliate Links]

Protect your camera lens with a lens hood / DSLR lens hood / camera lens hood

Along with helping prevent ugly flares in your pictures, lens hoods also serve the purpose of physically protecting your lens AND filter. If you hit an object with your lens, chances are the hood will hit it first and keep your lens and filter undamaged.

The Kiwifotos 50mm Reversible Lens Hood seems to have mostly positive reviews on Amazon. The FOTGA Bayonet Mount Lens Hood is also well reviewed. [Affiliate Links]

Protect your camera lens with good camera cleaning gear / lens cleaning kit / camera lens cleaning kit / DSLR cleaning kit / camera cleaning kit

If you’re actually using your camera gear, then inevitably some dust and/or “gunk” will get on the surface of the lens and a proper camera cleaning kit is therefore essential.

Notable product review site Wirecutter recommends for camera cleaning:

How to protect your camera lens from fungus / camera lens cleaning

You’ll want to follow certain best practices in cleaning your camera lens in order to prevent it from getting fungal damage. If you shoot outdoors, but then you just toss your lens into a camera bag without wiping everything down, your lens will eventually turn into an expensive Petri dish.

Store your camera and lens in a cool, dry place. If this isn’t possible because you’re shooting in a warm environment, consider purchasing a portable/mini dehumidifier that can be placed next to your camera and lens when stored away. The yaufey Mini Dehumidifier is one example of such a product. The Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier is also an option. [Affiliate Links]

Microfiber clothes are ideal for cleaning and drying lenses. Some of these clothes are designed specifically for lenses, such as the Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and the MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth [Affiliate Links].

Don’t just leave your lenses in the sun to dry them. This can cause problems.

Protect your camera lens with a solid camera strap / camera wrist strap / camera neck strap / camera shoulder strap / DSLR camera strap / best camera strap

It just doesn’t make sense to use a cheap, shoddy camera strap to hold an expensive camera/lens. You’re asking for trouble if you do that as the strap could conceivably snap at any point, damaging your camera lens. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a decent camera strap is a great investment.

There are many different types of camera straps:

Protect your camera lens with a good camera bag / DSLR camera bag / best camera bag

Especially if you have more than one camera and multiple lenses, you’ll also want to put some thought into getting a good camera bag – this will also help protect your lenses.

The Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag [Affiliate Link] has a waterproof galaxy foam bottom liner and was recommended by Wirecutter. The waterproof Tenba Cooper 13 Slim [Affiliate Link] was also recommended by Wirecutter.

Clean your compartments/bag of all the lint you can before putting lenses in it. Include some silica gel desiccant [Affiliate Link] in the bag to absorb residual moisture.

Ideally, keep the camera bag away from radiators and places that might be damp. Somewhere between 5°C and 10°C is a good temperature.

Protect your camera lens with a sturdy tripod / camera tripod mount / video camera tripod / tripod stand for DSLR

After investing so much into your camera lens, it would be a shame to then put that camera on a weak tripod, only to have it tip over, smash into the ground and crack the lens. Using a sturdy tripod that is appropriately sized for your camera body and lens is an excellent preventative measure.

The Sirui W-1004K10 Tripod Kit River Runner was recommended by Wirecutter as a sturdy tripod. The GEEKOTO Tripod 200cm is also well reviewed on Amazon. [Affiliate Links]

Photography Insurance | Photography equipment insurance | Camera insurance | Photographer Insurance | photographer liability insurance

Following these tips will hopefully allow you to avoid any damage to your camera lens – but in case that does happen – you’d ideally have insurance coverage in place.

Front Row’s photography insurance policy is a good option for insuring your photo gear. Many Canadian photographers have come to recognize Front Row as the industry’s best coverage – and rely upon us to protect their valuable camera gear. You can get a quote online, purchase a policy online in 5 mins, or read more about the coverages available here: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com/

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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Insurance for Theft of Camera and Film Equipment

Posted by Casey Budden on Oct 24, 2018 10:43:17 AM

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INSURANCE FOR THEFT OF CAMERA AND FILM EQUIPMENT

Action!

You’ve finally gotten to the meat of the production: the principal photography phase. Much of the busywork is done; now for the fun part!

Unfortunately, as it so often does, disaster strikes at the worst time: a rented vehicle used in the production is stolen from the set. Worse, it contained an expensive piece of camera equipment (also rented). The vehicle is quickly recovered, but the camera equipment is nowhere to be found and there is damage to the vehicle. The cost of your production is suddenly mounting very quickly.

Could this have been prevented?

A commercial vehicle physical damage policy covers accidents mentioned above.

You’ll also want to ensure your production has production equipment insurance, which covers you against physical loss of or damage to, or destruction of, cameras, sound, lighting and grip equipment which are owned or rented by the production company.

A film production is a complex animal; you want the process to be as seamless as possible. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one less thing to think about?

Ensure that your production is adequately covered so that you can concentrate on filmmaking rather than financing.

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Camera and Film Processing Insurance

Posted by Casey Budden on Oct 24, 2018 10:30:32 AM

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camera & film processing insurance

Put the Finishing Touches on your Film Without Worry.

Congratulations! Principal photography on your production is complete and so far, everything has gone off without a hitch. You’ve managed to remain on budget, and footage was delivered to the post facility on time. While you understand that editing is both an art and a science, the cut of the film you got back was not what you were looking for. Instead of seamless edits, you got jump cuts!

While faulty editing is a problem that will cost your production time and money, it’s not the most serious risk you face at this stage. Let’s consider a second scenario:

Imagine you’re making a documentary about jazz. Your sound engineer composes an original piece to be used as background music in a scene. All is well and good until a famous jazz musician sues for copyright infringement, claiming that the music is too similar to a well-known piece of theirs. While you know the case would be won in court, the associated delay and cost would harm your production.

Your film is slated to be broadcast in a matter of months, and the clock is ticking.

The best defense against unforeseen perils such as the above is a specialized film insurance policy designed to protect you, the filmmaker. An Entertainment Package Policy includes:

1. Faulty Stock, Camera, & Processing insurance.

Faulty Stock, Camera & Processing insurance provides protection against:

  • Loss, damage or destruction of raw film or tape stock, exposed film (developed or undeveloped), recorded video tape, sound tracks and tapes, caused by or resulting from fogging or the use of faulty equipment (including cameras and videotape recorders)
  • Faulty sound equipment
  • Faulty developing
  • Faulty editing and faulty processing
  • Accidental erasure of videotape recording

But does not cover: Loss caused by errors of judgment in exposure, lighting or sound recording, or from the use of incorrect type of camera, lens, raw film or tape stock.

2. Commercial General Liability.

This is a standard liability coverage included in entertainment package policies which will arrange a defense if you are sued for reasons connected with your production, regardless of whether the suit has any merit. Returning to the example above involving music, this coverage would prevent you from having to pay for legal defense costs out of pocket.

You’ve come too far to let unforeseen circumstances put you behind.

Make sure you have the right insurance coverage.

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Insurance: How To Reduce The Cost To Insure Your Photography Equipment

Posted by David Hamilton on Aug 18, 2015 4:16:53 PM

photography equipment insurance

It would seem obvious that one of the simplest ways to lower the cost of camera insurance is to assure the insurance company that the camera gear is safe and secure in your possession: but, what does this mean?

First of all, use an insurance broker that is experienced in arranging camera equipment insurance. As specialized camera insurance brokers, we represent you to the insurance company to ensure that you receive the best premium and coverage available in the marketplace for your photography insurance. Coverage now available online: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com

photography equipment insurance

Every photography equipment insurance application will ask how your gear will be protected. The underwriters charge for discomfort, so give them detailed answers that make them comfortable.

Good underwriting information for photography equipment insurance:

  1. Warranting that you will have a bonded security guard watch the gear overnight if you are shooting on location.
  2. If you do not hire a security guard, pack your gear back into the truck(s) and park it in a secure compound overnight such as a tow truck yard. They often have excellent security: fenced and floodlit, manned 24/7 and dogs!
  3. Return your gear to the equipment rental house so you are not responsible overnight.
  4. Cable your gear that is not being used when shooting on the streets in a busy urban area.
  5. Avoid checking your bags when flying. Mysterious disappearance is not covered; you need to have an idea of the date and time when the equipment was stolen.
  6. Motion alarms [Affiliate Link] are useful when shooting on location. Wedding photographers find these movement alarms useful as they cannot carry all their gear around the wedding. Put it inside your pelican case or bag and a siren will go off if someone picks it up.
  7. GPS [Affiliate Link] and proximity alarms are also worth exploring. Let your photography insurance broker know that you have purchased these items.

Good information based on a little planning will ensure that you receive the best premium.

Front Row has online photography insurance: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com. Insure your gear for as low as $10 (plus a fee). Get a quote in 2 minutes; a policy in 5 minutes. Worldwide coverage. Protect your gear against: theft, breakage, fire and more. Liability is also available.

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Based on customer demand, we’ve setup our referral marketing program and if you refer a friend to Front Row, you could win a $15 Amazon eGift Card OR be entered into a random draw to win a $99 Amazon eGift Card! (depending on your province)

DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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