A lot of us are great when it comes to babying their Cameras. Some of those people are also good at getting the shot. I’m not one of those people.
For me, my Camera is just a tool to get the Shot. That doesn’t mean I don’t take care of it. I usually carry it on a Blackrapid Strap that I won during Photokina 2018 and clean it up on a regular basis. I am just not afraid of it getting a little dirty. But I clean it afterwards.
The only things I am truly afraid of are getting dirt into the Camera, but that usually only happens during lens swaps, and I am getting pretty good at those. I am also terribly afraid of water damage, as my Camera is not weather sealed, or even protected from it. But that is why I got me that little Rain Cover.
The worst thing that ever happened to my Camera was when the lens somehow detached itself in Rotterdam and it took a pretty hard fall on the street and onto the tram tracks. I guess I was lucky that there was no tram on the track when it happened. On that day, I had my Blackrapid Strap fixed to the tripod collar on my lens adapter. I am not doing that anymore, but the Camera survived with a few minor scratches on the outside. No internal damage whatsoever.
To get the Shot, I use all the tools I have at my disposal. Whether it is the mobile app, my old Triggertrap Dongle or my flashy basic IR remote. When I was in Groningen to take my shot of the colourful houses there, some ‘pro’ photographer with his 5D something questioned my sanity of this and offered to lend me his cable remote, which didn’t fit my Camera.
I do love my Camera, and I would probably go hide in a corner for a year if anything truly bad would ever happen to it. But for me, my Camera is just a tool to get the Shot. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t take care of it. Taking good care of your belongings is always a good thing.