I am about to start shooting more test footage tomorrow (ie) really hectic few weeks!!!!
Anyway I am over the moon with my second hand camcorder (Panasonic NVGS400)
And I want to really look after this baby!!!!! As I am pretty attached to it now.
I keep it in a plastic box with gel sachets to remove moisture (colour change when full so can be dried out to use again .So when my camcorder is not being used it is in a dark moisture free environment. Lens cap on.
Since buying second hand of ebay I have not cleaned the heads??
I have a genuine Panasonic head cleaing tape.
Should I put it through?
I hear you shouldnít clean heads too much.
I donít know when they were last cleaned (ie) second hand camcorder?
What would you do???.
Is the old advice about donít do anything till a problem shows up then address it wise ?
Or is cleaning the heads after a certain period of time or use good practise?
What about cleaning the lens?
A glass filter is on by to buy list to protect my lens like Tim has on his NVGS400.
I will get this soon.
When I look at my lens I can see a few slight finger prints/smudges on it but they donít show up on footage? Phew!!!!!
Again is it best to leave well alone or is cleaning your lens a good thing to do or get into the habit of doing?
Please advise me how to do it as I am a bit scared to touch it in case I do more harm than good!!
Some people say donít use liquid just breath on it and use a soft shammy others say use fluid and a professional lens cloth?????.
So all you more experienced camcorder owners what should I do to really look after my camcorder so I have it for a long time!!!
Oh yea I only use genuine Panasonic mini dv tapes in it .
I never leave a tape in when not in use
I never leave a battery in either (not in use).
I leave lens cap on when not in use
I am very careful with it!
Oh yes I use to run my batteries down fully then completely charge but now I constantly top up after Tim explained about how lion batteries work and should be used/charged. Thanks Tim
Am I missing anything else guys I really want to look after my camcorder
Oh yes is a shammy the best thing to use to clean the camera body and LCD screen with ????