So you love photography. How about your gear? Are you pampering your camera more than your partner? One might come to think that the perfect condition of gear can be more important than images. There are other unhelpful photography habits, such as the camera without strap — doomed to drop — or lots of post-processing that wouldn’t be necessary if one would expose properly in the first place.
To each his own, but why not be an altogether more careful photographer. Regarding the care of gear, the ravages of time are especially felt in the age of digital photography. In the analog days a camera lasted for years. Today people get nervous when they don’t upgrade every three years or so, and build quality is often no longer what it once was. Add the ever changing technology diminishing a digital camera’s half-life substantially. Does that mean it’s alright to take less care of gear? And photography’s other cardinal sins? Here’s an unrepresentative list: