Leave lens on camera?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MBX, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Hey i'm a 5d-mii owner and i was curious if you recommend to leave the lens mounted on the camera when not using it for a week or two or keep it off?

    I'm a little concerned that whenever i take it off there's a possibility for dust to enter.

    What's your take?
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    I always leave a lens on my 1000D. If for nothing else then it's always ready if there's a shot I want. I wouldn't worry too much about dust entering on lens changes; of course there will be some, so just keep it swift (but careful) and let the sensor cleaning do its job. If you notice blobs appearing that don't get removed in the cleaning then bring it in to get it cleaned.
  3. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    If you store the camera on its back or in a bag that supports the lens, then leaving it on is fine. If you put it down on a table for a few weeks, then you could stress the mount over time so if you're going to store it with a lens on it, just make sure the lens isn't stressing the mount. Other than that, there's no reason not to, though you really shouldn't be getting huge amounts of dust in the body if you take the lens off with the element pointing down and put a cleaned body cap right on the camera in the same position.

  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Only take the lens off the body when you changes lenses. Otherwise there is no reason to remove it. You are right about dust. Why remove a lens unless you have a good reason to.
  5. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    Personal preference. My camera bodies wont fit in my Domke F2 with lenses mounted and with the bag loaded with other glass/flashes/batteries/etc, so I usually take them off.

    But I there's no reason not to take them off.
  6. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
  7. gnd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    At my cat's house
    I see absolutely no reason for taking the lens off the body. If it doesn't fit in your bag, get a bigger bag. You are just inviting dust into the body.

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