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Old 18-11-2008, 05:38   #1 (permalink)
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is there any house hold items i can use with my camera
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Old 18-11-2008, 06:55   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Household items

Not sure what you mean, Jim? Do you mean of what can you take pics? Like soap bubbles, water drips?

Here's a Fortnightly Assignment given to Household http://www.pixalo.com/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/999
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Old 18-11-2008, 09:57   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Household items

Well, you could attach it to the top of a broom handle (you know, like a tripod) and snap away as you sweep Or just sit it on top of the vacuum cleaner + hope it doesn't fall off - just don't take the corners too fast

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Re: Household items

i mean household items for cleaning lenses or other chemicals to keep in my camera bag
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Re: Household items

Aaah I see now.

I think household things would be too abrasive and too strong for use with your camera.

Cleaning cloths need to be lint-free, so microfibre ones are good. Cleaning fluids are usually alcohol based so they will not smear.

I carry a large blower, some lens cleaning tissues, a microfibre cloth and a very soft brush for the outside of the camera and lens. Internal cleaning is a whole different ball game and needs even more specialist equipment, so I'd stick to cleaning the outside when it need it.

I have found that a puff from the blower and/or a light brush will take off 95% of dust etc, and stubborn marks usually come off with some 'Hurrrr' and the microfibre cloth.

Careful handling will ensure that cleaning is not required too often.
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Re: Household items

Brillo pads do well...only kidding For cleaning lenses I use a lenspen, 8 quid out of jessops, probably cheaper shopping on the net.

Don't know if this counts a household stuff but I have a wrap around heat pad which I use when my back is bothering me, it's got a sort of beanbag material inside. If I go away with the camera I have this in the car, sometimes handy if I don't want to use the tripod, saves buying a beanbag...(Hey I'm a Scot, I'm tight fisted) . Wife bought this for £2.99 for me when I had sciatica, now it's got 2 uses.
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Re: Household items

Ahh, right! Well, you shouldn't use anything to clean the lens other than the correct cloth/fluid

I have taken with me:
Paint brush to clean dirt from around a plant
Chamois leather to drape over camera to absorb raindrops

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Spray mister to wet a flower
Glycerine to give an object a wet look
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Re: Household items

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No, as has been said, you shouldn't use household cleaners/cloths.

All I use is a blower-brush, lens cloth (that I got from the optician with my spec's), and I have a small bottle of lens fluid, but think I've only used it once.

The general rule is to clean as little + as sparingly as possible, and only when absolutely necessary, reason being it is very easy to 'clean' the delicate coatings off lenses + filters.
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oh ok just wondering
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Re: Household items

One item you could use to great effect is a sheet of A4 paper as a reflector when working close to your subject. Anglepoise lamps are useful for tabletop work.
Various bits of cloth for backgrounds. Bit of an old pair of nylons for a soft focus filter. Vaseline to smear on an old filter to give soft focus with clear centre spot.
Clear plastic bag and a few elastic bands to make a "raincoat" for your camera.
"G" cramps, drill and tap it 1/4 whitworth to take a ball and socket head and you have a "hide" type support for your camera.
Small pair of steps to get above the crowd or above a fence.
I use the same lens cleaner that I use for my spectacles (spray stated to be ok for camera gear) but sparingly.
Aluminium foil stuck on a sheet of hardboard as a reflector.
Mirrors.
The fridge (if there is enough room in it when you take out your maggots for fishing!). Stick silverware in that and it will come out with a slight haze that will tone down the reflections.
In essence anything that you can use as a cheap alternative.
P.S. .......................but don't let your wife catch you using it!
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I once used a broom as a monopod...











didn't work tho
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