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All images by Douglas Bailey. Used with permission

Photographer Douglas Bailey is not only a photographer, but he’s a collector and a special type of reseller. Like many of us, Doug went through a particular inspirational dry spell that lead him to exploring new things. He discovered the analog world and fell deeply in love with it. “Shooting film causes you to slow down, shoot less, think more about composition because you know every time you push that shutter you’ve just spent real money.” says Douglas. “And there is that edge of excitement not knowing if you got anything worth keeping for days until you get your processed film back.”

Doug’s love of analog cameras turned into a special type of gear acquisition syndrome. He collected cameras, restored them, and eventually found himself with too many. So he started selling a couple. Then he would use the investments to buy new cameras, fix those up, and resell after playing with them for a while.

The story of how Doug found his inspiration in the analog world and how he restores his cameras is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (8 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

When we test cameras, we always try to gauge how the autofocus performance works in various situations. We’ve learned how to get the best autofocusing performance from different camera systems and developed better practices to see how good the focusing really can be.

Now if you want your camera to actually autofocus better, you’ll need to know a couple of things.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (2 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

Your lenses are much more important than your camera is. They do a big job of helping to determine what kind of image quality comes out of the camera. And in the same way that you’d treat your camera with lots of care, you should be treating your lenses even better. You know some of the basics already–or at least you think you do.

To get the most from your lenses, you’ll need to understand how they work.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 lens fujifilm x pro product photos (7 of 7)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 5.0

We’ve shown you how to clean your lens’s contacts, but what about when you’re out in the field and don’t have the right equipment with you? Well, Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey has been in the situation many times and can show you with experience exactly what you’re supposed to do. Despite the fact that you should always have a lens cleaning cloth on you (the microfiber kind) sometimes you can’t always get to it.

Instead, Dave recommends reaching for some good ol’ Fruit of the Loom–or flannel. No, we’re serious.

In truth, we did the same thing when I was a working photojournalist and packed tightly shoulder to shoulder with other photographers during hot New York summers. Providing my shirt wasn’t soaking wet from sweat to begin with, it worked well enough providing that there wasn’t any sediment on the lens–otherwise you’re scratching the coating. But if there is already water on it (and lubrication is important) then you should be fine.

Check out Dave’s video after the jump, and then go right ahead and take a peek at our tips on proper maintenance of your camera.

Via Burn Magazine

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC image samples (34 of 36)ISO 4001-250 sec at f - 3.2

Not everyone has the money to be able to buy new cameras every year or two years. And many of us are also quite happy with the cameras that we have. But as cameras get older, there are a couple of tricks that you can do to get the most out of them.

Here are just a few from experience.

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Seriously, go Google, “Cleaning a Lens with Vodka.” You’ll see a mixture of horror stories and mostly good insights. But besides the waste of precious liquid that can otherwise be consumed with some freshly squeezed OJ, there are reports that it can clean your lens. However, we’ve always used Isopropyl Alcohol instead.

To check in on this and clear the myths up, we asked industry experts from nearly every lens and camera manufacturer out there, and most of them got back to us on deadline. Here’s what they had to say.

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