Today, a post about hardware.
I am selling my 1Ds Mark 3 (see this ad here), because 1 1Dx, a 7D, and a 1Ds is one camera too many – two will do.
At the same time, I am doing a general cleanup. I recommend you do the same. This includes:
- Checking what I do not need anymore and getting rid of it or selling it.
- Organizing to pack things where they should go.
- Checking for common faults, like screws on lens bases coming undone (see an earlier post!).
- Checking for missing items (filters, battery covers, etc) and replacing those.
- Having all my lenses checked or repaired if needed. If you are in the Toronto area: Kino-san of camerarepair Canada does a great job and is very charming – and knowledgeable.
- Replacing batteries on Pocketwizards (these are Alkaline: they need to last without being used).
- Recharging all my NiMH batteries also.
- Cleaning all my equipment! First the outside, with a brush. Then inside if there is mirror dust – with a blower. Lenses too! And then, if I must, the sensors - with a blower first, then with antistatic brushes or wet pads (in that order) if I really have to.
- Making sure I have all serial numbers recorded
- Making and storing a picture of each piece of equipment for insurance purposes.
And then I am done, ready for the fall and winter shoots. Looks like I am shooting a lot of events, food, interiors, portraits, and Bat Mitzvah parties this month and next. And you can hire me too, by the way – for photography or fort private training)!
But it all starts with a well-organized equipment.