21 Dec Some Ernest Advice
Ernest advice? Did that slip through the Spell Checker? No, it really is Ernest advice, because it comes from the most experienced technician in the Camera Electronic Repairs Department; Ernest Cesar.
Asked about why Perth’s photographers should have the CE repair department service their cameras regularly, he said:
a. Contaminants are everywhere. Your car is the dustiest place to change your camera lens – and once the dust particles hit your camera’s sensor, they are there forever – until a professional cleans them off.
Once-a-year clean is not enough – you’ll be dirtying the screens and sensors as fast as you use the camera. Keep up the cleaning schedule and keep ahead of the task.
b. “ Waterproof “ sounds well on the literature for action and travel cameras but it is entirely dependent on the seals in the camera body. Unless you know how to clean and reseal a camera, and replace the seals every year, you risk disaster with every dive. You also risk it with every trip into extreme dust. Get a pro to clean and maintain that waterproof promise.
c. If you’ve been to a dank place – Bali or Brisbane for instance – your camera may pick up fungus spores. Do not bury it deep in a case and put it in the dark – the spores will grow. Let it sit in sunshine and fresh air when you get back. If you are attacked by fungus on the camera or lenses for goodness sake let a professional repair lab stop the infestation.
d. Have you seen advice on the internet about repairing your own camera? Consider whether you might go looking for advice on repairing your Swiss watch or microwave oven. Good idea?…or do you still take the watch or oven to an expert?
After 25 years of loyal service Ernest is retiring and all the team at CE wish him the very best in this journey. Thanks so much for everything you did for CE, cheers mate, a true legend!